Low maintenance? Easy to care for? Australia, get ready to pot it like it’s hot.
Indoor plants are not just botanical decor for your home, but they also function as an air purifier to combat toxins within a room.
So whether you’re eager to get into gardening, grow that green thumb of yours or you are just looking for some houseplants to bright up your home, online plant shop, Cheeky Plant Co. is here to help you find the best plants that aren’t just low maintenance, but act as a natural purifier.
Start your gardening journey with our guide to Australia’s 10 best and easiest indoor plants to grow that will have you sprouting in no time.
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1. Spider Plant Chlorophytum Comosum
They might sound horrifying but, despite its name, this houseplant does not attract spiders! The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum) is easy to grow in a bright environment and tends to vine, so be sure to give them some space. They’re incredibly low maintenance for an indoor plant – so it is brilliant for any forgetful owners out there who just want some foliage for their home. Fun fact: Spider Plants also flower, so watch out for those little sprouts.
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2. Peace Lily Spathiphyllum
Now here’s one for your mind, body and soul: the Peace Lily. These majestic plants work well if you don’t have a heap of space or light. They enjoy shady environments and are one of those plants who will let you know when they need to be watered. It’s as simple as, if they droop, they need a drink! The Peace Lily – otherwise known as Spathiphyllum – bloom in the summer with large white flowers and are known to be quick growers. Perfect for first-timer gardeners.
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3. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Dracaena Trifasciata
The Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Dracaena Trifasciata) is the most unique pick on our list, growing snake-like leaves that speckle between shades of green. They’re a succulent plant so they can handle almost anything – just water them occasionally and watch them grow within your home. To get the most out of this plant, consider growing it in your bedroom as they emit oxygen at night while simultaneously absorbing carbon dioxide, purifying the air and giving you a better night’s sleep.
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4. Aloe Vera Aloe Barbadensis Miller
Want an inside plant that can do more than just grow? Aloe Vera is your go-to. Not only is Aloe Vera a great air purifier, it also retains healing properties that can repair wounds – the flesh inside will relieve any sunburn at just a crack of a leaf. These grow well in pots but remember to poke a hole at the bottom as it’s important to drain them after watering.
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5. Pothos Plant Epipremnum Aureum
The Pothos Plant offers real designer finishes to a home, producing cascading tendrils, perfect for adding interest to a relatively plain space. Not only that, but they’re also highly versatile and happy to grow in either water or pots, plus they combat household toxins. As low maintenance as it comes, simply water once a week in summer and when the soil becomes dry in winter, and you’ll be watching its heart-shaped leaves grow by the day.
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6. Rubber Plants Ficus Elastica
What would fill a spare corner better than a small indoor tree? Rubber Plants are one of the darker indoor plants, growing large, rich leaves that add a little class to any space. They’re extremely low maintenance and easy to care for, only requiring a weekly water. And, for the impatient gardeners out there, they grow rapidly too! This is the perfect choice if you’re after a centrepiece or statement plant.
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7. Areca Palms Dypsis Lutescens
Australia, let’s get tropical with our houseplants! And what better plant to do so than with Areca Palms which are brilliant for eliminating toxins while adding a touch of paradise to your home. They’re brilliant for large spaces as their leaves tend to sprawl out. Thankfully, Areca Palms are also non-toxic for your furry friends, so don’t panic as it consumes the floor or its surroundings. Remember to water them a lot during the summer, otherwise, they are happy to grow on their own.
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8. Swiss Cheese Plant Monstera Deliciosa
The Monstera Deliciosa or commonly known as the Swiss Cheese Plant is a classic, but still very stylish option when decorating your home with house plants. The Monstera is a favourite not only for its unique leaves, but also its simplicity when taking care of them. Only requiring a splash of water weekly, be sure to keep them in a bright environment with indirect sunlight and watch it grow generously while purifying the air.
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9. Boston Fern Nephrolepis Exaltata
Boston ferns are perfect if you are looking for an indoor plant that will grow substantial foliage in a short amount of time. The Boston Fern enjoys high humidity and consistently moist soil, so will thrive in a bathroom that has a window. Not only beautiful to look at, the Boston Fern also breaks down pollutants in the root’s system, acting as a natural air purifier for your home.
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10. Mums Chrysanthemums
When decorating your home with houseplants, consider incorporating colour. Mums will spruce up a space with their blooming orange-based flowers in a range of hues creating a wholesome, yet trendy vibe for your home. Although they require more attention than the rest of the plants on this list, Chrysanthemums are one of the best plants to grow indoors because of their air purification properties. To care for this plant, ensure they have good airflow and a bright environment and only water them with warm water and let them dry between drinks.
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