Easy Maintenance Plants to grow in Indian Households

Money Plant

Money plant is an evergreen climber that is well-known due to certain beliefs associated with it.
According to feng shui principles, it creates a harmonious environment and brings in prosperity. These
shiny green leaves are an easy addition to a house.
Money plants can be grown in either water or soil and grow better in bright and indirect sunlight. In the
case of using a soil growing medium then watering once a week is sufficient and if the plant is being
grown in water then the water needs to be changed once a week. Their growth is easy to control
through pruning and tying the plant to the direction which one wants it to grow.

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the most well-known succulents due to its easy maintenance as well as a wide range
of uses. The plant comprises a very short stem and has large fleshy leaves. This plant has application in
multiple areas such as health, beauty and décor.
Aloe Vera grows well in bright light but tends to dry out if exposed to direct sunlight. Well- draining
potting mix is used as its growth medium and about 3/4
th of an inch of space should be left between the
top of the soil and the rim of the pot to allow the bottom leave to rest against. The gel derived from the
leaves of an aloe vera plant can be utilised topically and must not be ingested. Its most common use is
to soothe sunburnt skin.

Spider Plant
Spider plants are a popular variety of hardy plants used as a pot or hanging plants. They are capable of
growing under a wide range of conditions and reach their full growth if provided with specific
conditions. These are fast- draining and well-aerated potting mix as the growth medium along with
access to bright direct sunlight, and regular watering. In addition, to maintain the leaves, misting is
advisable and also adding fertiliser around once a week helps keep the plant healthy.

Asparagus Fern
An asparagus fern is a feathery light shrub that acts as an ornamental item. Despite the appearance
and name, asparagus ferns belong to the Liliaceae genus (lily family) and they are not true ferns.They are often referred to as weeds as they can grow rapidly when planted outside and have low
demands to enable growth. The optimum conditions for growth include bright but filtered sunlight,
regular watering to keep it hydrated and loose, well-drained potting soil. The amount of water and
fertiliser used for maintaining an asparagus fern can be decided based on whether the plant is turned
yellow or starts drooping.

Lucky Bamboo Plant
The lucky bamboo is one more plant that belongs to the lily family that is often mistaken to be a part of
a different genus (bamboo). As a part of the name ‘lucky’ suggests, this plant is believed to bring good
luck as per principles of feng shui and Vastu shastra.
These popular indoor plants grow well in indirect light and can be grown in either water or soil. When
using water as the growth medium, the roots of the plant must be submerged in a container with the
bottom lined with pebbles. When planted in soil, well-aerated potting soil with good drainage is ideal
and it should be watered just enough to keep the soil moist.

Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is a well-known herb due to its association with Hinduism and Jainism as
well as its numerous uses. Tulsi is popularly used as a home remedy for treating various diseases. It is a
native Indian herb and that can adapt to being grown indoors or outdoors.
Tulsi grows well in rich well-drained soil with an almost neutral pH. The plant can grow in any amount
of sunlight but thrives with direct sunlight and it does not require much water. To maintain the plant
the soil must be kept moist, liquid fertiliser can be added on a monthly basis and compost added

Mint is an easy-to-grow herb which is known for its rich flavour and unique scent. These plants are
hardy perennials which have a tendency to spread if their growth goes unchecked. Mint is grown
indoors in containers, and outdoors in beds or as part of landscaping.
Rich soil and moisture are the only demands that the plant has for it to be able to flourish. For ideal
growth, the plant should be kept in partial shade and watered regularly. If grown in a container then
liquid fertiliser can be added on a monthly basis.

Weeping Fig
Weeping fig, also known as ficus tree, is a broadleaf evergreen tree that is used as an indoor plant. They
can be tall with leafless braided trunks or tall and bushy or a short pot plant. Based on the way in whichone wants to grow it the amount of pruning and cutting differs. These plants are used for purifying
indoor air and act as a beautiful feature in a room.
Optimum conditions for the growth of a weeping fig plant are fairly bright light with some shade,
sufficient watering to keep the soil moist and its growth medium can be any regular potting mix.

Snake Plant
Snake plant is popular for efficiency in purifying indoor air and it is also among the few plants that can
remove carbon dioxide during the night. These evergreen perennials have long sword- like leaves
consisting of a dark green colour with strips of white and yellow. They make good indoor plants in a
bedroom and have a history of being the raw material for the production of ropes and baskets.
Snake plants, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, are a robust species that can grow in a wide range
of growing conditions. However, its most optimum conditions include indirect sunlight and sparring
water requirements based on soil moisture content.

Cactus Plants or cacti are versatile and attractive with different shapes and sizes. Two groups of the
Cactaceae family can be grown in houses and are popular as feature plants or are used in terrariums.
The two types are desert and forest cactus.
All cacti need very little care and are hardy plants. The conditions in which they can thrive differ based
on the species’ original environment. Desert cacti require a growing medium similar to desert soil
which is fast-draining soil and they thrive in bright sunlight. On the other hand, desert cacti can be
grown in regular potting mix and do better in a shady spot with indirect light.

1. https://www.lifehack.org/390369/10-indoor-plants-that-are-easy-take-care
2. https://www.livspace.com/in/magazine/10-easy-grow-indoor-plants-in-india-list
3. https://plantdecors.com/blogs/plants-for-balcony-garden/
4. https://plantdecors.com/blogs/easy-to-grow-indoor-plants-in-india/
5. https://www.mykitchengarden.info/2015/10/growing-money-plant.html
6. https://dengarden.com/gardening/Significance-of-growing-money-plant-in-your-hou
7. https://www.mykitchengarden.info/2015/10/growing-money-plant.html
8. https://www.almanac.com/plant/aloe-vera
9. https://www.thespruce.com/spider-plants-chlorophytum-definition-1902773
10. https://gardenerdy.com/asparagus-fern
11. https://www.thespruce.com/grow-asparagus-ferns-190271412. https://dengarden.com/gardening/What-is-Lucky-Bamboo-Facts-about-Lucky-Bamb
13. https://www.fnp.com/article/interesting-facts-about-lucky-bamboo-plant

About the Blogger

Priya Sadanandan is a BCom graduate and loves to spread awareness about how-to live-in harmony with nature