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For active seniors on the move, the best indoor plants are the ones that require very little maintenance. The kinds of plants that can complement the décor of any senior apartment, but won’t lose their beauty if the resident decides to embark on a last-minute getaway. Whether you have a green thumb or brown thumb, these delightful indoor house plants will elevate your space without the burdens of constant care.  

Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants

1. Pothos

Starting the list is the perfect starter for any apartment. The pothos is one of the most durable indoor plants you can find. They require very little water and can thrive in limited sunlight. However, they do grow best in partial sunlight next to a window. All types of pothos are vine plants with large deep-green leaves. Other types such as Devil’s Ivy Pothos have a mixture of light and dark green leaves, and some even bloom beautiful, colorful flowers. Whichever type you prefer, pothos lend an airy, flowy, green freshness to any room in your apartment.

2. Philodendron

Like the pothos, the philodendron is perfect for hanging pots because of their long vines that can grow up to 10 feet. Also like the pothos, it’s among the most durable, low-light indoor plants that require little water. Philodendron are also very easy to prune and propagate (planting a new plant from the stem or leaf  of a parent plant), so you can practically create a jungle of philodendron in your apartment.  

3. Snake Plant

The snake plant is a highly popular indoor plant for two reasons. Firstly, snake plants maintain their stiff posture and vibrancy even after weeks of neglect in low light. Secondly, snake plants are very efficient air purifiers — making them an ideal plant for senior apartment homes.

 4. ZZ Plant

The Zamioculcas zamifolia, or ZZ plant, is a beautiful and hearty green plant that’s said to symbolize prosperity. But what makes it one of the best indoor house plants is that it’s drought-tolerant and low-maintenance. Its thick stalks store lots of water, so much so that you only have to water it once or twice per month.

indoor plants in a window of a senior apartment

Lots of Love Plants

For those who want to cultivate a green thumb and don’t mind putting in a bit of extra work, these are some of the best indoor plants that thrive with a little TLC.

5. Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is the  perfect plant for taking indoor greenery to the next level. It requires slightly more attention than other indoor plants, but can bloom beautiful results. It prefers constant moisture, but hates to be over- watered, and grows best in a bright but shady spot near a window. Its  lovely white flowers do carry pollen, so it may not be for those with allergies.  

6. Gardenia

The delightfully potent gardenia can be frustrating to deal with due to its high maintenance nature. However, its vibrant white flowers and elegant shape are well worth the effort. Gardenias love being surrounded by bright light without sitting directly in it. They’re also particular about their soil acidity, preferring soils with a lower pH level. Further, they thrive when soil is consistently moist, but their leaves will brown and wilt if directly exposed to water.

7. Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig is native to the rainforests of central Africa. So, as you can imagine, they prefer a humid, warm, bright environment. Place them away from any vents or drafty areas and make sure they have plenty of direct sunlight. They also need frequent watering and misting to mimic their natural humid habitat.

8. Moth Orchid

While not the easiest plant to grow in an apartment, certain kinds of orchids can thrive indoors. The phalaenopsis, or Moth Orchid, is unlike other orchids in that it blooms year-round. It requires  consistent moisture and tends to absorb water quickly, so you’ll need to monitor the il carefully.  Orchids also prefer to be up against windows to maximize indirect light exposure. With proper care, they’re the perfect pop of color for any senior apartment.

multiple succulents in a window of a senior apartment

Honorable Mention: Simple Succulents

If you love having house plants in your apartment décor, but don’t want the burden, succulents may be your best option. They’re the easiest, most adorable indoor plants you can find. Their resilience and adaptability make them ideal for a senior apartment home whose owners like to be out and about. They’re the ideal low-maintenance, long-living  indoor plant that can elevate any room’s décor. These are the trendiest succulents you can find today:

  • Burro’s Tail
  • Flaming Katy
  • Jade Plant
  • Aloe Vera
  • Pincushion Cactus
  • Dudleya
  • Zwartkop
  • Hens-and-Chicks
  • Zebra Plant

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