15 Real Houseplants You Can Buy Online
Shop these mood-boosting houseplants from the comfort of home.
You don't have to be a gardening guru to fill your home with beautiful, thriving plants. It's all about picking those that fit your budding green thumb status. If you're a newbie plant enthusiast, try your hand at hard-to-kill varieties like snake plants, ZZ plants and aloe plants. Next, pull in some philodendrons, parlor palms and ferns. You'll quickly discover the plants that work best in your home's lighting environment, whether that's bright, natural light or low, shade-heavy light. We've got our favorite easy-care indoor varieties that you can buy online.
THE BEST SHELF PLANTS
If you love the look of large, tropical leaves but don't have space for a tree in your home, check out the philodendron green. This tabletop plant has dramatic, waxy green leaves and, as a bonus, great air-purifying qualities.
READ MORE: Caring for Philodendrons
During the day, this plant's textural yellow and green leaves show off a unique, feathered design with rich, red veins on the undersides. And at night, they fold up to look like praying hands, symbolizing a daily reflection of prayer or gratitude. It's a low-maintenance beauty with plenty of style and meaning behind it.
The aloe vera plant, also called a miracle plant, medicine plant and burn plant, features a clear gel inside its leaves that serves a multitude of uses. The plant itself, however, is super easy to grow. This short-stemmed succulent with pointy leaves flourishes in indirect light and, like most succulents, very little water.
READ MORE: Caring for Aloe Vera Plants
Unless you live in the desert, you probably don't have the option of growing cacti in your backyard. But luckily, many cactus plants do well indoors. As desert plants, cacti are used to plenty of light. Choose the sunniest window possible for your plant. And while they're used to arid conditions, they still need water. Be careful to not overwater, as the plants may rot.
READ MORE: Caring for a Cactus
If you don't have much of a green thumb, air plants are the perfect plant for you. They don't require soil and just need to be soaked in water once a week. Air plants come in many varieties and sizes and colors, but we're currently obsessed with the silvery-green tillandsia.
READ MORE: Caring for Air Plants
THE BEST TABLE PLANTS
Money Plant. Pancake Plant. UFO Plant. This little guy has a lot of names, but in Europe, it's also known as a Friendship Plant because it's popular to give a cutting to a friend. It maintains a tidy size, growing slowly up to about 12 inches tall. With thick, succulent-like leaves, the plant doesn't demand much water and thrives in low light.
READ MORE: Caring for Money Tree Plants
The snake plant is the MVP of houseplants. Snake plants have cool patterns, don't require much attention and help purify the air. That's why they're so popular in bedrooms and home offices. But as amazing as they are for humans, they are toxic for dogs and cats, so make sure these are displayed out of reach.
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While slow-growing, the bird's nest fern can reach six or seven feet high outdoors but stays around one to two feet tall when grown inside. It can tolerate less humidity than most ferns and is forgiving if you occasionally forget to water, making it perfect for beginners.
READ MORE: Caring for Bird's Nest Ferns
THE BEST FLOOR PLANTS
The majesty palm is a great indoor plant because it doesn't grow rapidly, so you don't have to worry about repotting this one every year. The palm fronds are dainty enough that it meshes well with several design styles and other plants.
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You can find parlor palms as small as dish-garden size or large enough to fill the corner of a room. They can tolerate low-light areas and drier indoor air. Keep the soil slightly moist, but a parlor palm in soil that dries out occasionally most likely won't suffer permanent damage.
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Ah, the fiddle leaf fig tree. Designers love to incorporate this plant in rooms of all styles. Its namesake violin-shaped leaves are gorgeous, but plant parents give it a bad rep as being fussy. The problem is this tree loves warm, humid tropics and your AC creates the exact opposite.
READ MORE: Caring for Fiddle Leaf Figs