Our Top 6 Picks for Modern, Low Maintenance Indoor Plants
We all love to have plants in and around our homes, right? Well, we've decided to share a list of our top 6 favorite plants, succulent and non-succulent, to have indoors that we use regularly here at DV. These plants lend themselves well to modern living spaces, and will survive long term indoors without much water or maintenance required - Some bright light and minimal H2O is all you really need. Woohoo!!!
1. First up, a long time favorite among households and super, savvy designers is the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. These plants can instantly bring a room to life with their tropical leaf structure and color. But please don't be fooled - you don't need to fiddle with your fiddle leaf too much.
Water these trees only when the top inch or two of soil has dried out and provide them with some bright, indirect light. Just be sure to rotate occasionally because this plant will grow towards the sun and can become heavy on one side.
And if you haven't gotten the memo - putting a fig tree in a basket is a super cool thing to do and we think you should try it! wink wink**
2. If there was ever a plant that should be considered for tropical, yet modern indoor decor it is the ever overlooked Bromeliad. This plant has numerous variegates and most will produce bright, vibrant blooms in all different shades, some lasting for as long as 5-6 months out of the year. These plants will have you feeling like you're living smack-dab in the middle of the rainforest.
Provide this plant with bright, indirect light so it feels right at home - but be sure not to put them in direct sunlight because they aren't wearing their sunscreen and can burn. You can water these plants weekly down through the soil as well as in the center of the leaves to encourage blooming, but similar to succulents, be careful not to overwater and plant them in a well draining soil.
*Try not to let these tropical beauties rest in standing water because they can suffer from root rot - yikes!!
3. Hello, Lover! Who would we be if we didn't have a big gorgeous cactus sitting in our living room?? These guys will do great indoors as long as they get a lot of good sun from a really bright window and a good watering about once every 2 weeks when the soil starts becoming dry.
4. We have come to find that the Madagascar Dragon Tree is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. It is a slow growing beast with lots of visual appeal. These guys can reach up to 6 feet tall and can develop an attractive trunk structure. There are many different variations in leaf color and shape - but no matter the variegate just but sure to keep them growing in an upwards fashion so they don't get too crazy.
All you need to do is provide some bright, indirect sunlight mixed with a little shade and keep the soil slightly moist to keep these bad boys happy.
*Please note - The leaves of this plant are poisonous to cats and dogs so just be sure to keep them out of your furry friend's reach.
5. For your smaller shelf spaces or centerpieces we'd recommend trying out some Haworthia's and smaller cacti.
It is safe to say Haworthia are our go to succulent for indoor arrangements. They come in all different shapes and sizes but our favorite by far are the Zebra Haworthia. Striped white and dark green bands, these are one of the hardiest succulents with the coolest texture. They tolerate lower light than your average succulent and need water only when the soil starts becoming dry.
Small Cacti, just like the big boy shown above, will grow perfectly well indoors as long as they get some of that good ole sunshine and the occasional watering when the soil starts becoming dry.
*As a rule of thumb for all succulents - darker green succulent plants will do better indoors than those with bright vibrant colors.
6. Oh, your Majesty! The Majesty Palm is a favorite of interior designers and is the perfect way to add some tropical flare to your indoor space.
Bright, indirect sun is best but like most of these indoor plants featured here - avoid direct, intense sunlight which may burn leaves. Water whenever the surface of the soil feels slightly dry to touch, but never let the soil become completely dry. Water thoroughly, and then let the pot drain.
*Try not to let these plants rest in standing water because they can suffer from rot and other diseases cause by soggy soil.
- Other succulents that we like to use indoors not photographed in this post include different variegates of jade, aloe, snake plant, and for fun pops of color we like to use grafted succulents like moon cactus to instantly liven any home or office space.
*Please note - all of the care guidelines provided here are just general rules of thumb, and the life quality of each plant will vary depending on the environment, amount of sunlight exposure, etc. For more specific care instructions we recommend doing a quick online search.