If you love house plants but don’t love the hassle, then slow growing indoor plants are the way to go for you. This selection of plants that I have put together comes in various shapes and sizes, so hopefully you will find the perfect one for your home.
Let me know in the comments below which is your favourite slow growing plant!
Aloe Vera, one of the most popular succulents at the moment. You’ll find them in almost any plant lovers home. They’re easy to care for and grow very slowly. Often they’re used in beauty products, so you could even try to create your own cream. Plus they’re easy to propagate so you’ll only ever need to buy one!
A household classic, the snake plant. They thrive on being neglected. It can easily survive for extended periods without water, so it’s ideal if you’re going to be out of your home for long periods. It comes in various shapes, sizes and colors so it will fit into any setting.
Money trees are extremely popular across Asia as they are a sign of fortune and good luck. Because of this, they’re often bought as a gift for friends or family. The plant doesn’t naturally grow like this, the trunk is braided in the early stages of its life to look this way. It makes a statement in any home with its lively green leaves and braided trunk. You only need to water it occasionally and it’s fine if you forget sometimes as it’s quite a hardy plant.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
This fiddle leaf fig is available here on Amazon. This plant thrives on bright, filtered light but is quite slow growing so it doesn’t require much maintenance. I’ve found that they usually sit well in the entrances to your home, especially if you have big doors with lots of light coming through. Thanks to their size they have a calming presence and really grasp the attention of your guests.
Bromeliads are perfect if you’re looking to add an exotic look to your home. They’re a vibrant colour and look like high maintenance. However, they’re quite the opposite. Bromeliads are so easy to care for despite their exotic look. They grow best in shallow pots and require watering approximately once per week. In the wild, they’re found clinging to trees usually so you can attach them to a structure in your home if you so wish.
Most cacti are slow growing, that’s why the Saguaro Cactus makes my list. They’re mainly found outdoors but can easily be cared for indoors with the right environment. As I’m sure you’re already aware, cacti grow in some of the harshest climate, making them a really hardy indoor plant. Just make sure that the temperature never drops too low, otherwise it might be a short life for your Saguaro!
Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)
Devil’s Ivy is a common introductory plant for new growers. It’s easy to care for and grows slowly so there’s little maintenance involved with it. All you need to do it water it once the soil is dry to the touch. They do well in a variety of light environment, even low light, just ensure that you avoid direct sunlight.
A common sight in offices and homes, Jade Plant are a symbol of good luck. They’re also a great starter plant as they are slow growing and easy to care for. To care for the plant you need to ensure that you never let the soil completely dry out, water it when the top layer feels dry to the touch. They also need full sunlight, so most window sills are an ideal place for it.
This plant makes even the most newbie gardeners look like experts. Chinese Evergreens are incredibly easy to care for. They tolerate a wide variety of conditions and the slow growth makes maintenance a breeze. Allow the soil to dry out a little before watering. Keep it in medium to low sunlight, any direct light will burn the leaves.
Weeping Figs are known for their ability to maintain their tree-like shape no matter the size. They are ideal as bonsais or larger houseplants, with the speed of growth being left in your hands. Caring for it can be a bit of a chore when you’re first learning but once you get to grips with it, it’s a breeze.