10 Cheap & Low Maintenance Indoor Plants You Can Buy On Amazon
Amazon sells plants now, they’ve truly become the one stop shop for home decor if you’re all about convenience. While modern couches and beautiful wall art are statement pieces, lush greenery are the accents that make a house a home. So, we decided to put together a list of low-maintenance indoor plants that are nearly impossible to kill and that you can also order via prime shipping.
I honestly feel like plants are the ultimate decor. Plants are both mood-boosting and air purifying. There’s something about waking up in the morning and walking by lush-green plants that feels so calming and peaceful. I’ve always felt that way about plants, but until I realized that I needed to be intentional about the types of plants I brought into my home I could never enjoy them long enough to benefit from the peace and beauty they bring.
Not every plant is right for your home but there are many plants that are right for most homes. I’m specifically referring to plants that are generally categorized as low-maintenance. Typically, low-maintenance plants work really well for someone who lacks a green thumb because they can thrive with little watering and low-lighting or a various levels of sunlight.
Once I figured out that what I needed was a plant that didn’t ask for much, I kind of went nuts. In my 1,200 square foot apartment I currently own 16 plants ranging from small aloe plants to large fiddle leaf trees and they’ve done so well for me over the years. I’m excited to buy a house so that I can have more windows and more walls to line with plants. I’m really into the “jungalow” aesthetic.
It could be my naïveté but I was actually unaware that you could buy and ship plants online. Then, I started seeing online plant shops become popular on Instagram. And then, Amazon started selling plants via the Amazon Plants Store as well. So, I decided to get give ordering ordering plants from Amazon a try. I’m a prime member so I figured if they shipped me a plant that was in bad shape I could just return it and it would be no harm no foul.
I ordered this really cute coral cactus, because it’s low maintenance I felt that it would ship well. My cactus arrived in a tall cardboard box, it was very well-secured with wooden pegs to keep the plant stable during shipment. I was pleasantly surprised and I can’t think of a reason why I wouldn’t purchase more via amazon in the future.
So, with that pleasant experience under my belt, I thought it would be really cool to put together this list of low-maintenance plants that you can also grab from Amazon. In addition to the list I’ve included brief information about each type of plant, and some information about sunlight conditions to help you understand what light source you can provide your new plant babies.
How To Know How Much Sunlight You Get
Bright Light: South or West facing windows and lots of windows constitutes bright light. These spaces should get 5-6 hours of direct sunlight every day
Indirect Light: An eastern facing window, bright window, or room that gets light from a southern of western facing window would amount to an with indirect light.
Low Light: North facing windows, windows that are blocked by trees, most windows in the winter time would all fall within a low light setup.
10 Low Maintenance Plants Available On Amazon
FYI, These are my favorite babies, my fiddle leaf ficus trees!
1. Fiddleleaf Fig Tree (Ficus lyrata)
$11 at the time of publication
Fig trees make an excellent choice for beginners since they’re easy to take care of and can go with any kinds of environment quite easily. A little bit of sunshine and water is all they need to grow. But the best benefit of having a fig plant around in your house is that figs are natural air purifiers. Hirt’s Fiddleleaf Fig tree comes in a 6-inch pot and stands at a convenient length of 12-14 inches.
This Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is available on Amazon.
Note: The one extra bit of maintenance for this plant is periodically wiping dust off of the leaves. Because the leaves are so large and flat, they collect dust which can prevent them from maximum sun absorption.
2. Aloe Vera Plant
$25 at the time of publication
Aloe vera plants are pretty much the epitome of low-maintenance. Aloe vera plants don’t require a lot of water to survive and best practice is to only water your aloe vera plant when its soil is completely dry. Aloe vera plants do require ample-bright-direct sunlight so make sure to place them in a window sill. These plants will really thrive if your windows face the east or west. However, personally I have about 5 aloe vera plants which line a window sill facing the north and they’ve been alive and kicking for two years.
You can order your aloe vera plant via Amazon and it will arrive in a 4” temporary pot.
This Aloe Vera Plant is currently available on Amazon.
3. ZZ Plant “Zanzibar Gem” (Zamioculcas)
ZZ plants are amazing plants for their beauty and low-maintenance needs. If you're someone who frequently forgets to water your plants, no worries because the ZZ plant can only tolerate so much. In fact, you're supposed to wait until the soil is completely dry before watering again.
This plant also tolerates low-light conditions extremely well. The ZZ plant prefers natural bright light, but, not direct sunlight.
All in all, these plants are slow growers but can grow to be about 4ft tall and 4ft wide so even if you're a terrible plant parent you can still grow a beautiful, large, and charming plant.
If you don't get a ton of natural light in your apartment or home and don't do the best job remembering to water your plants, this one is for you as well.
This ZZ Plant is currently available on Amazon.
4. Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)
The Panda Plant achieved its name due to the red marking on its edges and fuzzy leaves. Its leaves are thick for water storage.
The Panda Plant is a member of the succulent family which makes it an extremely easy plant to care for. The one thing to keep in mind is that a Panda Plant, like all succulents prefers medium to bright light and limited watering. So, while you can get away with forgetting to water this plant from time to time making sure it has a solid light source or else it will experience stretching.
This Panda Plant is currently available on Amazon.
Note: This plant is poisonous to dogs and cats, so if your pets are curious of plants or plant chewers you should avoid bring this one into your space or display it in an area that is out of reach.
5. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa)
$25 at the time of publication
The Lady Palm is a very unique breed of plant because if its ability to look rustic and elegant at the same time. It is one of the easiest plants to care for because although it prefers moist soil it requires only partial sunlight to shade.
This splendid palm tree makes for an excellent addition in any indoor gardens or decors. It looks a bit like bamboo shoots and is also an excellent air purifier like fig trees that cleanses the air of toluene, ammonia, xylene and formaldehyde. However, its large dimensions of 28 X 6 X 6 inches restrict its ornamentation to floor spaces mostly.
If you’re pretty good about remembering to water your plants but don’t get a lot of direct sunlight, this plant is a good choice for you.
This Lady Palm is currently available on Amazon.
6. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
$29 at the time of publication
This plant is absolutely stunning as it lush green stalks are a definite head turner. Snake plants are tolerant of a variety of light conditions, but they prefer indirect sunlight. Less is more with this plant, so allow its soil to dry out in between waterings and make sure to not overwater your plant in the winter time.
This plant is a great choice is you prefer a lush tall green plant that really adds personality to a room and if you either don’t have pets, or don’t have pets who chew plants.
Note: This plant is toxic to dogs and cats if ingested. I am both a dog and cat parent and have never hand an issue because they’re not plant chewers. However, if your pet babies are plant chewers, while gorgeous, unfortunately this is not the plant for you.
This Snake Plant is currently available on Amazon.
7. Succulent Plants
$16 at the time of publication
A great choice for both home décor and indoor gardening, this assortment of small potted plants is one of the nicest looking indoor plant assortments that I’ve come across. Featuring 5 cute little “fat plants” (plants with thick leaves) that come fully rooted in small decorative pots, the plants can be used on shelves, cabinets and bedside tables effortlessly without sticking out which happens with plants that come in larger pots. A fun starter pack for indoor gardening for beginners, it can be ideal to help you ease into the hobby.
These Succulent Plants are currently available on Amazon.
8. Rubber Tree Plant (Ficus elastica)
$16 at the time of publication
This plant is more for the intermediate plant owner. So, you don’t have to have a green thumb to care for it, but you can’t be an all-out plant murderer either.
These plants can stay the size of table top plants or can grow into amazing indoor trees if you transplant them into a large enough pot.
Rubber plants do not respond well to overwatering, so make sure you allow the soil to drain completely between waterings. All it takes is touching your plants soil to see where it’s at.
Rubber plants also need a lot of bright light, so this is a plant that works well in spaces where the windows face the south.
This Rubber Plant is currently available on Amazon.
9. Hass Avocado Tree (Persea americana)
$70 at the time of publication
Though I’m not a personal fan of avocados, it seems to be the new American health fad. If you’re one of the avocado converts, this indoor garden fruit tree will provide you with delicious home-grown avocados to go along with your toast.
Specially cross-bred for non-tropical climates, the tree also starts bearing fruits 3 to 4 year earlier than its regular garden-variety counterparts. Hass provides these avocado trees in various sizes which include trees ranging from 1 foot to 14 feet coming in 1 to 3-gallon tubs. Also, maintaining these indoor avocado trees is also a lot easier.
This Hass Avocado Tree is currently available on Amazon.
10. Pothos Plant “Devil’s Ivy” (Epipremnum aureum)
$33 at the time of publication
Caring for Pothos plants is very easy because they thrive in a wide variety of conditions. Bright light or low-light it doesn’t matter, these plants don’t mind. If you’ve been looking for a plant to bring into a bathroom that has even limited access to light this plant will make for great decor. Pothos plants can also be grown in soil or in water, similar to a bamboo plant.
Note: Pothos plants are poisonous. If you have sensitive skin and happen to get sap from a Pothos leave on you, you could develop a rash. Also, Pothos plants are toxic to dogs and cats. So, similar to the snake plant, if your dogs or cats are chewers this is likely a plant you should avoid.
This Pothos Plant is currently available on Amazon.
These are just a couple of basic recommendations for low-maintenance plants available on Amazon. Maybe you won’t go as nuts as I did, but you’ll certainly feel the ease of acquiring new plant friends.
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