Looking to add a touch of green to your home decor? Adding indoor plants to your home has multiple benefits – they purify the air and embellish our homes by simply adding on to the aesthetic value of the space. However, it is important to pick the right kind of plants – ones that can thrive indoors and grow well with basic care and watering.

Here’s a list of low-maintenance indoor plants in India you can choose from.

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Indoor Plants #1: Snake Plant

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Thrives in low light

Also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue”, this ornamental plant also works as an excellent air purifier. An easy-to-maintain indoor plant that thrives in low light, it absorbs toxins and chemicals from the air and converts carbon dioxide into oxygen.

Indoor Plants #2: Money Plant

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Improves air quality

This is one of the most popular Indian plants, which is easy to grow in both soil and water. The money plant improves air quality in the house and according to Feng Shui principles, creates a harmonious environment and brings in prosperity.

Indoor Plants #3: The Lucky Bamboo Plant

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Can be grown in water and soil

This essential Feng Shui plant makes a regular appearance in Indian homes. Ideally placed by a window for indirect sunlight, the lucky bamboo can be grown in both clear water (which needs to be changed every 2 weeks) and in soil. With some efficient pruning, this plant can also be shaped in a variety of organic forms for decorative purposes.

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Indoor Plants #4: Aloe Vera

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Needs sufficient sunlight

Aloe vera is an easy to maintain succulent which caters to health, beauty and your home decor all at once. Known extensively for its various uses, the plant is also fondly called “the miracle plant”. This ornamental plant needs to be kept near a sunny window where it can get enough light.

Indoor Plants #5: Peace Lily

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Requires little to no sunlight

Apart from being aesthetically appealing, peace lilies enhance indoor air quality. These plants require little to no sunlight and are easy to cultivate. Adapted to low levels of watering, the hooded flowers are quite striking and beautiful.

Indoor Plants #6: Song of India Plant a.k.a. Dracaena Reflexa

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Needs indirect sunlight

Ideally placed on a side table or the mantel, this slow-growing houseplant brings a lively symphony of natural hues to your home with its brightly colored green, lime and yellow leaves. Also known as the “Song of India”, the Dracaena Reflexa plant needs indirect sunlight and regular misting to keep its leaves vibrant.

Indoor Plants #7: Ferns

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Need moist soil to grow well

With their verdant green canopy of leaves, ferns are among the most commonly preferred plants in India. They need moderate levels of sunlight and moist soil to grow well. Daily watering and light spraying of the leaves will keep them healthy and green.

Indoor Plants #8: Grape Ivy

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Helps in purifying air

A hanging vine like grape ivy can make an aesthetically pleasing addition to just about any room in the house. It is an easy-to-maintain indoor plant which will do just fine even with low light, dry air and minimal watering. Grape ivy helps in purifying the air indoors and also looks attractive as an ornamental plant.

Indoor Plants #9: Anthurium

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Needs moderate but regular watering

Anthurium is an exotic looking plant which flowers nearly year round and can easily become the focal point in your home décor. These come in a variety of colors and maintaining them indoors is easier than you might think. The plant needs indirect sunlight and moderate but regular watering.

Indoor Plants #10: Areca Palm

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Can grow upto seven feet in height

With lush green, beautiful fronds, Areca Palms make a striking addition to home interiors. These plants need indirect sunlight, so you could ideally place them near a south or west facing window. With regular watering and re-potting whenever needed, areca palms can grow up to seven feet in height.

Indoor Plants #11: Monstera

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Never keep a Monstera plant near other plants

Monstera is a plant that most millennials love. With its height and lovely shredded leaf texture, what’s not to like? You will find monstera plants in statement planters taking up corners in the living room. This plant is fairly easy to care for; all you have to do is water it evening about once a week.

The main aspect of growing monstera is pruning because this plant grows at a very fast pace and to monstrous proportions!

PRO TIP

Never keep a monstera close to other plants. It can grow roots that reach out to nearby pots and drain them of nutrients

Indoor Plants #12: Ferns

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Keep ferns in the most humid part of the home like bathroom

Ferns are mountain plains that essentially thrive in humidity and low-light conditions. Also, they have an instantly freshening effect on the air around them as they are air-purifying plants. The ideal place for this plant is in your bathroom or kitchen.

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How to style your home with indoor plants?

Here’s some inspiration on how you can incorporate plants into your interiors:

small planters
bedroom
huge planters
vertical garden

What plants should you not grow in India?

As you know, we have a tropical climate that is not suitable for all kinds of houseplants. The following are some the plants that you should not grow in India.

  • Iris
  • Peonies
  • English roses
  • Tulips

Which plants are baby and pet-friendly?

If you have a baby or a pet, do not keep the following plants at home:

  • Lilies (if you have a cat) because it’s poisonous for felines
  • Cactus as both babies and pets can hurt themselves
  • Ivy plants are poisonous for humans and animals
  • Sago Palm is a popular indoor plant that is poisonous for dogs
  • Gladiolas are also poisonous for pets, especially dogs

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