6 Low-Maintenance Houseplants to Grow for Busy People

Posted April 30, 2021 by in Lifestyle

Indoor plants bring a lot of benefits to one’s home. They do not just make your place look better, it also brings many health benefits and is a great mood-booster. It may not seem like it, but having even just one plant in your living space can greatly enhance your state of mind.

However, not everyone has a green thumb or the time to keep their houseplants alive and thriving. Despite the current trend of owning houseplants, many people still feel apprehensive of the amount of maintenance these plants may seem to require.

Fortunately, there are many low-maintenance plants such as the Zanzibar plant you can care for no matter how busy your schedule gets. With just the minimum growth conditions, the houseplants listed below can survive even if caring for them is the last item on your to-do list:

Woman with red hair watering plants in her home.

Lucky Bamboo

Usually given away as a housewarming gift, the lucky bamboo plant is used to increase feng shui. Chinese traditions also say that the luck you receive depends on the number of stalks your plant has. However, contrary to popular belief, the lucky bamboo is not actually bamboo and is instead called Dracaena sanderiana.

The plant thrives well on both soil or water, so it’s great for beginners or busy people like you. It grows the best under bright light, but if it can survive under indirect lighting as long as you provide it with an adequate amount of water.

Peace Lily

Adaptable and low-maintenance, peace lilies are excellent in purifying the air in a room. They grow best on moist soil, but be cautious about overwatering! Likewise, high humidity levels make it bloom better, so ensure you have these conditions before housing a peace lily.

Aside from its air-filtering properties, this plant is also known for its broad green leaves and charming white flowers that instantly brighten any space. Indeed, if you want to spruce up an area,  a peace lily make a great addition to one’s office or home.

Air Plants

As the name suggests, this type of houseplant lives without the help of soil! In fact, these plants are epiphytes, which means they grow on other plants, usually on tree branches. To make up for the lack of soil it needs, you will have to be careful about the water, light, and temperature requirements it will need.

Once you get familiar with its basic needs, you can practically leave it alone for as long as two weeks. Moreover, one of the best things about this plant is the multitude of ways you can style it! Air plants can be displayed through terrariums, wood stumps, or even by creating a living wreath for your walls.

Jade Plant

Jade plants have different varieties, although the crassula ovata, with its fleshy, oval leaves, is the most popular among plant owners. It also goes by many names, such as the dollar plant, money tree, and lucky plant.

Like most succulents, jade plants are perfect for those looking for plants that require minimal attention.  Since they are also symbols of luck, jade plants are commonly seen in houses and offices. In addition to the proper temperature, water, and lighting needs, you should also provide them with fertilizer at least once every six months.


If you’re too busy to water your plants constantly, then maybe the aloe is what you’re looking for.  Not many people know this, but aloe is also a type of succulent, which makes it survive in drier conditions. The only downside is that it does not show you any visual signs when parched, so it’s best to check the soil before watering!

Growing aloe is not just easy; it’s also highly beneficial to your health. Aloe vera is one of the most widely used medicinal plants out there, with uses that range from healing burns to relieving heartburn.

ZZ Plant

The zamioculcas zamiifolia, or the ZZ plant, is famous for being the “king of indestructible plants.” If you’ve killed off so many houseplants due to neglect, then the ZZ plant is sure to change your track record! This plant is drought-tolerant and will still look healthy even under low light.

Its leaves look smooth and waxy, that some might even mistake them for plastic. However, the biggest downside of the ZZ plant is its toxicity. It’s best to place it away from curious children or pets that might nibble on the plant. Additionally, always wash your hands after handling them to prevent irritation.

Woman with red hair, a bandana, and jean jacket watering her large plants in her home.

Plants are an excellent addition to any home or office space. They can uplift your mood and spruce up the area instantly. While caring for plants seems to require a lot of effort, the listed plants above will surely thrive even under the care of busy people.

Just make sure to learn about the plant you plan to grow, and remember to enjoy your experience as a plant owner!

*Photo by Cristian Rojas