The best indoor plants - as chosen by Mumsnet users

22 July 2019

best indoor plants

Wild and wandering, or neat and sweet - whatever your preference when it comes to indoor plants, there is a huge variety available and, with a little TLC, they can truly thrive in your home. Whether you're just getting started or you've got confirmed green fingers, take a look below to discover Mumsnetters' favourite indoor plants

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum), £11.99

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum), £11.99

A great plant if you’re new to keeping greenery, this Curly Spider Plant is extremely easy-going and requires very little upkeep. As long as it isn’t exposed to direct sunlight (which may burn its leaves), it can withstand most lighting conditions and requires moderate watering. As with most indoor plants, avoid over-watering by ensuring that the soil is dry before topping it up. Importantly, spider plants are not toxic to dogs and cats.

“I love spider plants. I read that they are especially good for cleansing the air.”

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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Torelli), £11.99

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Torelli), £11.99

Definitely a favourite with Mumsnetters, the pretty, air-purifying peace lily has glossy foliage and delicate flowers that are easier to care for than you might expect. Simply ensure the soil of the plant remains moist to the touch, and keep it out of direct sunlight. To keep the leaves as shiny as possible and to prevent dust build-up, wipe them regularly with a clean, damp cloth.

“I have two beautiful peace lilies that flower continuously”

“I have a peace lily and some ivy together in a large round, but fairly shallow white ceramic dish. So easy to look after. I just water it twice a week. It lives in the kitchen. I’ve had it years.”

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Succulents

Succulents

Succulent plants vary widely in size, shape and colour – from tall, thin and spiky, to small, cute and fuzzy. Ideal for smaller homes, they require very little water or maintenance (these tough little guys live in the desert, after all) and will thrive in dry, indoor environments. A mist of water once a week is enough to keep these plants happy. If you have children or pets, be sure to place any succulents with spikes out of reach of curious hands (or paws).

“I love plants! I have various succulents throughout the house.”

“Nice and easy, I've had mine for around six years, hardly ever water it and it's currently got a flower on it.”

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String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii), £11.99

String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii), £11.99

Romantic and whimsical, the String of Hearts indoor plant cascades beautifully from a height, making it a lovely addition to a bookshelf. It gets its name from its unusual, heart-shaped leaves that grow very quickly, making a bold statement in no time at all. As with most indoor plants, the String of Hearts looks its best when it is left for its soil to dry out before rewatering, and can grow well in either low or bright, indirect sunlight.

“I have a string of heart plant which I LOVE. It's so unusual.”

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Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), £8.99

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), £8.99

Known for its all-natural healing properties, the gel found within the Aloe Vera plant can be used topically to treat a wide range of ailments, from sunburn to bee stings, making it a very useful plant to have around the home. These plants thrive in bright, indirect light and only need to be watered approximately every 7-14 days. Check that the top inch of soil is dry before you consider rewatering.

“I have an Aloe Vera in the bathroom. It’s really changed the feeling in there!”

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Anthurium (Anthurium Andraeanum), £24.99

Anthurium (Anthurium Andraeanum), £24.99

Flowering for 300 days of the year, you’re sure to get a lot of joy from the pretty Anthurium. Happiest in warm and humid conditions with bright, indirect light, the Anthurium really thrives in places such as the bathroom, and needs to be watered once or twice a week. It is toxic, however, so do keep out of reach of pets and children.

“I have a red Anthurium in the loo. It's easy to keep, I water it once a week and it is in a sunny spot. Wipe the leaves now and again to keep them glossy.”

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Chinese Money Plant (Pilea), £14.99

Chinese Money Plant (Pilea), £14.99

The Chinese Money Plant is simple, cool and stylish. It’s a low maintenance, no-fuss plant that does best in well-drained soil and indirect light, making it a great addition to an office desk. Water once a week during winter and twice a week during summer for glossy, coin-shaped leaves. Remember, droopy leaves mean the plant needs water – and don’t forget to pop a coin in the soil for good luck!

“I recommend a Chinese Money Plant. Mine is a large one as I've had it for years. It has not brought me super luck with money, but it does bring me joy.”

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Kentia Palm (Howea Forsteriana), £24.99

Kentia Palm (Howea Forsteriana), £24.99

Exotic, dramatic and chic, the Kentia Palm can turn an empty corner into a focal point. With the ability to grow in tough conditions, it can survive comfortably in low to medium light but does best in a well-lit spot. Water fortnightly in the winter and weekly in the summer to keep it looking its best. This is another indoor plant that’s completely safe for pets and children.

“I love these palms. They look lovely in a corner against a pale background or in front of a mirror or window.”

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Ivy (Hedera Helix), £6.99

Ivy (Hedera Helix), £6.99

Whilst often found outside, ivy can make an interesting addition inside your home too, especially when combined with other indoor plants. From the brightest light to the darkest shade, your ivy can thrive regardless and needs just a little water when the soil starts to feel very dry. While the leaves are non-toxic, ivy can grow small orange berries that are poisonous to humans so keep out of the reach of children.

“I’ve got ivy everywhere. It's quick and easy to grow and the cuttings are dead easy to root.”

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ZZ Plant (Zamioculca Zamiifolia), £11.99

ZZ Plant (Zamioculca Zamiifolia), £11.99

Dark, distinctive and easy-going, the ZZ plant can withstand shade and the occasional drought, only needing to be watered every 15 days in spring and summer, then left alone to dry out entirely in winter. All parts of the ZZ plant are poisonous so keep away from pets and children, and be sure to wash your hands after touching it.

“I have a ZZ plant that came from Ikea of all places and it is absolutely impossible to kill. I've had it for years. I very seldom water it. I leave it in rooms with little natural light. And after all this maltreatment if I remember to be nice to it for a while it happily perks up and starts growing new leaves.”

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