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The 25 Best Indoor Plants for Every Kind of Person

New roommates for even the most neglecting people.

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Chandler Bondurant

Let’s talk about indoor plants, AKA houseplants. Water them when the soil is dry. Don’t put them in front of air conditioners or heating units. Know how much sun each one wants. There, you’ve got almost everything you need to know.

The truth is, most indoor plants sold at shops or online are extremely easy to keep alive. That’s why those shops sell them. The plants on our list do not run the spectrum of hard-to-keep to invincible because the vast majority of plants sold are not horticultural puzzles. They make your home look and feel better, and they do so without a whole lot of work from you.

Houseplants FAQ

Should I get indoor plants?

You absolutely should. Not only do they add a pop of green (or whatever color) to your home, but they're an instant mood booster and do wonders for your overall well-being. Studies have shown that owning houseplants can reduce psychological and physiological stress, as well as aid in concentration and increase productivity. Plus, houseplants help clean indoor air, so they're like natural air purifiers.

Do I need to repot my houseplant?

Yes! If you buy your plant and it only comes in a grower's pot, you'll want to repot it right away. Otherwise, its roots can become compacted and you'll end up stunting its growth. Even if your plant already comes in a suitable home, you'll want to repot it once in a while to make sure you're giving it ample space to grow — you wouldn't wear the same sized shoe if your foot kept growing, would you?

How do I get rid of gnats in my indoor plants?

Unfortunately, gnats may be a consequence of owning houseplants, but proper care and attention can keep the pests at bay. Gnats are drawn to moist soil, so overwatering your plants can create a breeding ground for gnats to lay their eggs. For immediate, short-term solutions, try out a gnat spray, sticky traps, or diatomaceous earth to deal with the nuisances.

The Best Indoor Plants to Buy in 2022

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If You Want an Eye-Catcher
Alocasia Polly
Amazon
Water When Soil is dry
Light Bright, indirect light
For the Color Starved
Stromanthe Tricolor
Amazon
Water When soil is dry
Light Bright, indirect
If You Want a Tropical Touch
Dracaena Warneckii
Water When soil is dry
Light Moderate, indirect
For the Snake Lover
Calathea Rattlesnake
Amazon
Water Weekly
Light Medium, indirect
To Sit By the Window
Umbrella Tree
Walmart
Water When top inch of soil is dry
Light Full, direct or indirect
If You Want a Cactus
Angel Wing Cactus
Amazon
Water Every 2 to 3 weeks
Light Bright, direct
For Anyone and Everyone
Pilea Peperomioides
The Sill
Water When soil is dry
Light Bright, indirect
For Someone Looking to Fill Their Home
Burgundy Rubber Tree
Amazon
Water When soil is dry
Light Bright, indirect
For a Taste of the Jungle
Zebra Plant
Amazon
Water Once a week
Light Bright, direct or indirect
For the Accident-Prone
Aloe
Urban Stems
Water When soil is dry
Light Direct or indirect
If You Want a Pop of Color
Anthurium
Macy's
Water Every 1 to 2 weeks
Light Bright, indirect
For a Taste of the Tropics
Bird’s Nest Fern
The Sill
Water Every 1 to 2 weeks
Light Bright, indirect
If You Want Something Different
Bromeliad Aechmea Pink
Bloomscape
Water Once a month
Light Medium to bright, indirect
For Experienced Plant Parents
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Bloomscape
Water Once a week, or when soil is dry
Light Bright
For the Impatient
Marble Queen Pothos
The Sill
Water When soil is dry
Light Low to medium, indirect
For a Gift
Money Tree
The Sill
Water When soil is dry
Light Medium, indirect
For that Mid-Century Aesthetic
Monstera Deliciosa
The Sill
Water Weekly
Light Medium, indirect
If You Want Flowers
Peace Lily
Now 22% off
Water When leaves droop
Light Medium, indirect
For the Childless and Pet-Less
Pencil Cactus
Urban Stems
Water When soil is dry
Light Bright, direct
If You Want Your First Houseplant
Philodendron Heartleaf
Bloomscape
Water Once a week
Light Low to bright, indirect
For the Patient
Ponytail Palm
Bloomscape
Water Every 2 weeks
Light Bright, indirect or direct
For a Taste of the Desert
Bloomscape
Prickly Pear Cactus
Bloomscape
Water When soil is dry
Light Bright, indirect or direct
For a Small Apartment
Snake Plant
The Sill
Water Every 2 weeks
Light Any
For the Clueless Beginner
ZZ Plant
The Sill
Water Every 2 weeks
Light Low, indirect
For a Mini Tree
Ficus Audrey
Horti
Water When soil is dry
Light Bright, indirect or direct
The 15 Best Places to Buy Houseplants Online
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If you can't make it to your local nursery, there are some great websites that sell and ship plants directly to your door.

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