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The 8 Essential House Plants

House plants are a great way to make your home feel cozy!

They clean the air (they release oxygen and capture carbon dioxide) and jazz up even the most boring room.

These eight essential house plants are easy to grow and perfect for a modern home.

A tall rubber plant.

1. Rubber Plant

Rubber plants (or rubber trees, rubber fig, and ficus elastica) are a beautiful, low-maintenance plant that does well indoors. They’re easy to grow, but they prefer bright light and warmer, wetter conditions.

They can grow quite tall – especially if you put them outside in the summer. Here’s more information on caring for rubber plants.

An air plant in a glass container.

2. Air Plant

Air plants or Tillandsia is a general term for over 650 species.

They have been nicknamed air plants because they get the majority of their nutrients from the air.

They are low-maintenance but they take a little work to set up. Here’s some information on caring for Tillandsia.

An aloe vera plant in a pot.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant native to Africa and the Middle East. Its thick, fleshy leaves have potent properties that can be used for cuts, burns, and skincare.

It’s also a beautiful, easy-to-grow plant! Here’s how to grow aloe vera.

A jade plant in a white and blue pot.

4. Jade

Jade plant, commonly known as a money plant or lucky plant, is a succulent plant native to South Africa. It’s a common houseplant because it’s easy to keep alive!

Jade plants like it warm, dry, and sunny. It’s important not to overwater them. They also like small spaces and don’t need to be replanted often.

Here’s how to keep a jade plant alive.

5. Orchid

Orchid plants are a diverse family of plants that can be found around the world. Some varieties can be difficult to keep alive, so they have a reputation for being tricky.

The important thing to know about orchids is that they need a lot of light and humidity.

Interested in growing an orchid? Here’s how to keep one going.

6. Fiddle-Leaf Fig

The fiddle-leaf fig is a wildly popular house plant native to western Africa. Its height and large, tight leaf structure make it a perfect plant for tight spaces.

It likes bright, consistent light and doesn’t like to be near cold, drafty windows. It doesn’t need much water – but it does need a good drink when the soil is dry to the touch.

Want your own fiddle-leaf fig? Follow these helpful tips.

7. Peace Lily

Peace Lilies are super easy to care for, making them a popular house plant. They’re also good at cleaning the air.

Peace lilies like low to medium light and are drought tolerant. They won’t bloom unless they are in sunlight.

If you would like to grow your own peace lily, consult these helpful tips.

A cactus plant in a pot.

8. Cactus

The cactus family comprises more than 1700 different types of plants. They’re usually easy to grow, require little water, and like lots of light.

If you’d more information on all the types of cactus, read this. If you want to know more about succulents in general, check out our guide on succulents.

If you need tips on growing cacti, consult these tips.

Let us know in the comments below – what are your favorite essential house plants?