I hate gardening. I’m bad at it and I’m allergic to everything so I’ve never had much of a green thumb. That being said I love plants. Isn’t that fun for me!
Being around nature has proven health benefits–plants absorb CO2 and toxins in the air, they help regulate humidity and the oxygen they emit also helps you concentrate and de-stress. Plus, just looking at plants can make you feel good.
And since not all of us have sprawling outdoor gardens, indoor plants are one of the best ways to make your room look fresh as well as literally make the place more healthy.
So if you’re like me (i.e. you have no horticultural ability and/or you’re broke as shit), have a look at this list of cheap plants that are easy to care for and will make you feel good as hell.
Aloe vera is really the GOAT. It looks great, it’s very easy to look after, it’s not very expensive, and it has a multitude of practical uses aside from being pretty.
Aloe vera gel can be used to treat cuts or burns, or you can eat it–it has a refreshing, clean taste and can be juiced or added to drinks. Obviously if you’re going to harvest your aloe plant, only cut a little bit off every once in a while. You don’t want to whittle it down to nothing and have a sad lil aloe 🙁
Native to the Middle East, aloes are succulents (like cacti or agave) so they don’t need a lot of water–in fact, be sure not to over-water them.
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
Peace lilies are another popular houseplant that require little maintenance and provide great health benefits. They’re recognised as one of the best natural indoor air purifiers as well as having a really beautiful, pure-white flower (so cute!!)
They’re quite resistant to over-watering and can grow in virtually any indoor situation, but they’re not big fans of direct sunlight. (Same lol. Man’s pasty.)
There’s lots of different bromeliads (or ‘broms’) and they’re all spectacular. Easy to grow inside or outside, they’ve even got a natural little watering “cup” (so cute!)
Broms come in a variety of colours and sizes, and will last forever, as long as you treat them with respect (so basically the opposite of how your last relationship panned out).
Jade plant (Crassula ovata)
Also called lucky plants or money trees, jade plants are a tough little succulent that are supposed to bring you good luck (manifest!!!) Whether you believe in that or not, believe me when I say that these cuties are super easy to look after. In fact, it’s one of the few plants I’ve successfully managed to keep alive, so if I can’t kill them, you’ll have a hard time killing them too.
They don’t need much water but if it’s a worst case scenario and you completely forget to water them, don’t worry, they’re capable of rehydrating and being brought back to life. Maybe they are magic…
Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa)
Yes, that’s it’s actual name, and no, you can’t eat them. I feel as if Swiss cheese plants are almost the stereotypical indoor plant, like something you’d see in a video game copy/pasted everywhere. We’re pretty sure you can buy them in The Sims. They’re pretty aesthetic.
Native to South and Central America, all these babies need is space to grow, a warm environment and a little bit of sunlight (pretty relatable tbh).