WHETHER you are new on the indoor plants scene or an old hand, you don’t need to be a green thumb to have a home full of beautiful green healthy indoor plants.

We’ve handpicked for you four of the easiest to grow, low maintenance indoor plants that require little TLC and give back big in terms of bringing calm, creativity and cleaner air to your indoor spaces.

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1. Monstera

Monstera, also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant because of the holes in its leaves, is a popular indoor plant because of its appealing large, dark green, shiny foliage.

A member of the Araceae family, Monstera are a species of evergreen tropical vines/shrubs native to Central America.

Size and position

In its natural rainforest habitat, Monstera can grow to be extremely tall, often climbing other plants. Indoors, Monstera can be just as robust and can benefit from some support like a small trellis or pole.

Given the size of this plant with its beautiful big leaves, Monstera needs a lot of space indoors and therefore makes a great statement piece in a home. Instead of shoving them in a corner, let them stand proud in a focal part of your home.

If your Monstera becomes too big, simply trim a couple of leaves off to put in a vase elsewhere in your home.

Sunlight

Monstera thrives in warm, moist conditions in indirect light.

In too much direct sun, the leaves on a Monstera will yellow. If left in too much shade, Monstera will grow towards the dark. In its natural habitat, darkness signals a larger tree, one the Monstera can climb to reach sunlight. This process is called negative phototropism.

Watering

Monstera like moderate and even watering such as once a week or once every two weeks. A good rule of thumb is let the topsoil in around the plant dry out between watering.

A plant in brighter light might require more water than a plant in lower light.

Be mindful not to overwater as overwatering can lead to root rot and a sign of this is wilting or yellowing leaves.

However, if leaves turn brown and crispy at the edges this is a sign of being underwater.

Care and maintenance

Monstera can benefit from a dose of water-soluble fertiliser each month from spring to late summer. A controlled-release fertiliser is best applied during spring.

To control excessive growth, prune your Monstera regularly by pinching off new growth and avoiding re-potting often.

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2. Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s Ivy, also known as pothos, is one of the most popular indoor plants available.

With a trailing or climbing habit, the long stems of Devil’s Ivy can be draped over window sills, left to trail down from a shelf or trained up a totem.

Size and position

Devil’s Ivy is a small, tough and robust plant which produces stems that trail up to 2.5m long or longer.

Suited to any position indoors, it even grows well in humid areas like the kitchen, bathroom and toilet.

Sunlight

Devil’s Ivy will thrive in a brightly lit area out of direct sunlight. However, they’re also tolerant of dimly lit areas.

Variegated Devil’s Ivy will require brighter light than greener varieties.

Watering

Water deeply once a week, allowing the potting mix to dry out slightly between watering.

However, Devil’s Ivy can also live in water. Simply keep in a vase or a jar and ensure the water is refreshed regularly.

Care and maintenance

In spring and summer, prune excess stems or take cuttings.

You can propagate more Devil’s Ivy plants from these cuttings by placing the stems with at least two nodes on it, in a jar of water. Shoots and roots will then develop from the nodes.

If in soil, repot your Devil’s Ivy every couple of years to keep it happy and healthy and feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with liquid plant food.

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3. Snake plants

Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plants are a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae that has no stems, just leaves.

Snake plants are a popular indoor plant due to the strappy leaves and attractive shape while being extremely tolerant and forgiving. They can go with being neglected for weeks at a time, which makes them the perfect indoor plant.

They are reportedly renowned for helping clean the air inside your home by removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene.

Size and position

With no branches, the leaves of a snake plant will grow high and upright. Because of this, the slender profile of a snake plant makes it ideal for small spaces and floors.

Snake plants will tolerate many different positions indoors.

Sunlight

Snake plants prefer to be partially shaded with bright but indirect sunlight. However, they will also be fine in a dark corner.

Watering

Snake plants don’t like too much water. Water once every two weeks or once a month in winter.

Grow your snake plant in well-drained potting mix and water only once the soil is dry.

When watering, avoid getting excess water on the leaves of the snake plant as this can cause damage.

Care and maintenance

Snake plants can be easily propagated by taking a small leaf-cutting during the spring months. Keep these cuttings moist but not wet until small plantlets start to grow from the base several weeks later.

A small dose of general-purpose fertiliser can be used occasionally.

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4. Rubber trees

Rubber tree plants are a large tree that can grow up to 15m tall. That said, they are very easy to care for and their attractive, evenly spaced round green leaves make it a popular indoor plant.

Size and position

While rubber plants can grow up to a stately tree they can also be pruned back to medium-sized house plants.

Kept as an indoor tree, a rubber tree is a real focal point. Use them to brighten up a corner or as a statement.

Sunlight

Rubber trees thrive in bright light that isn’t direct and hot. They love sunny spots that are shielded, think by a window with sheer curtains or dappled light from a blind.

If your rubber plant becomes leggy, its lower leaves fall off or its foliage loses its lustre, these are all signs it needs more light.

Watering

Rubber plants need more or less water based on the season.

During summer when the plant is growing or winter, when the air is dry, rubber plants need to be kept moist. Do this by wiping the leaves with a damp cloth or misting with a spay bottle. If the leaves turn yellow or brown or fall off, this is a sign the rubber plant is being overwatered.

However, if the leaves are droopy, this is a sign it needs more water. During dormant seasons a rubber plant only needs water once or twice a month so keep an eye on the leaves as an indicator.

Care and maintenance

Remove dead leaves and shape your tree accordingly by pruning branches in spring or summer.

Cutting off the top of the plant will encourage it to branch out so only do this when it has reached your desired height.

Rubber trees also need repotting regularly to grow. Transplant them into pots an inch or so bigger and fertilise during the growing season.