So you want to add more plants to your indoor garden, but you have no idea what to buy next? Yup, I definitely know how it feels.

Here’s the good news, my team and I did some research on this matter and we’ve created this list of 10 of the most common house plants (for now, we’re going to add more plants to it).

To make your job easier and help you choose the best house plant, we’ve added information about their growing requirements (light, watering, and soil) and toxicity.

Most of the plants from this list are also super easy to care for, so you can forget to water them once in a while.

A list of the most common house plants

1. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

Soil Requirements:

Any well-draining potting soil

Light Requirements:

Does best in bright, indirect light, but can thrive in low light conditions

Water Requirements:

Drought-resistant

Toxicity:

Toxic to humans and pets

Soil Requirements:

Sandy soil with good drainage or commercial soil mixed with perlite, sand or granite

Light Requirements:

6-8 hours of direct sun would be ideal, but can also grow in bright, indirect light

Water Requirements:

Susceptible to root rot. Allow the soil to completely dry before watering again

Toxicity:

Toxic to pets. Some Aloe species can be toxic to humans.

3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

spider plant

⇒ Read our Spider Plant Care Guide

Soil Requirements:

Rich and well-draining soil

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light

Water Requirements:

Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again

Toxicity:

Non-Toxic to humans and pets

4. Snake Plant (Sansevieria spp.)

Snake Plant in a pot

⇒ Read our Snake Plant Care Guide

Soil Requirements:

Well-draining soil

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light is ideal for a snake plant, but can withstand full sun or low-light conditions

Water Requirements:

Susceptible to root rot. Drought resistant. Allow the soil to dry out before watering again

Toxicity:

Toxic to humans and pets

5. Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)

Weeping Ficus in a pot

Soil Requirements:

Well-draining soil

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light. Direct sun can burn the leaves

Water Requirements:

Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again

Toxicity:

Toxic to humans and pets

6. Orchids (Orchidaceae spp.)

4 orchids on a table

 

Soil Requirements:

Orchid potting mix

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can burn the orchid's leaves and too little light will prevent it from producing flowers

Water Requirements:

Twice per week during warm seasons, and once per week during cold seasons

Toxicity:

Non-Toxic to humans and pets

7. Fiddle leaf fid (Ficus lyrata)

fiddle leaf fig plant

 

Soil Requirements:

Rich, well-draining and aerated soil

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light. Direct sun will scorch its leaves

Water Requirements:

Do not like to sit in water. Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again

Toxicity:

Mildly toxic to children and pets

8. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

⇒ Read our Rubber Plant Care Guide

Soil Requirements:

Rich, well-draining soil

Light Requirements:

Keep the soil moist during the growing season

Water Requirements:

Bright, indirect light

Toxicity:

Toxic to humans and pets

9. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

hanging english ivy

Soil Requirements:

All-purpose potting soil

Light Requirements:

Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again

Water Requirements:

Bright, indirect light

Toxicity:

Toxic to humans and pets

10.  Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

lucky bamboo

Soil Requirements:

Usually grown in water. Can thrive in well-drained, rich potting soil

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light

Water Requirements:

Make sure the water covers its roots if grown in water. The soil should be kept moist

Toxicity:

Non-toxic to humans and pets

11. Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.)

kalanchoe with yellow flowers

⇒ Read our Kalanchoe Plant Care Guide

Soil Requirements:

All-purpose potting soil

Light Requirements:

Allow the top of the soil to dry out in the growing season & dry out completely in winter

Water Requirements:

Bright light

Toxicity:

Toxic to pets and humans

12. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Soil Requirements:

All-purpose potting soil. Can grow in water

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light to low light

Water Requirements:

Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again

Toxicity:

Toxic to humans and pets

13. Hoyas (Hoya spp.)

Soil Requirements:

Rich, well-draining soil mixed with pumice or perlite

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light. Direct sun can burn the leaves

Water Requirements:

Allow the top of the soil to dry out before watering again.

Toxicity:

Toxic to humans and pets

14. Spiderwort (Tradescantia zebrina)

 

Soil Requirements:

All-purpose potting soil

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light. If there's not enough light, the leaf markings will fade.

Water Requirements:

Water frequently and keep the soil moist. Mist it from time to time.

Toxicity:

Toxic to humans and pets

15. Alocasias (Alocasia spp.)

Soil Requirements:

Well-drained and aerated soil, mixed with corse sand and peat

Light Requirements:

Bright, indirect light. Direct sun can burn the leaves.

Water Requirements:

Water-loving house plant. Keep the soil moist during the growing season, and water less during winter, as the plant goes dormant.

Toxicity:

Toxic to humans and pets

Conclusion

There you go! Our favorite picks when it comes to common house plants. We’ll continue to add more options to this list.

If you’d like us to include a specific plant to this article, let us know in the comment section below!

Until then, happy gardening!

About the Author - Denis Sgarbura

Hello. I’m Denis. My passion for growing plants started when I was around 10 or 11 years old. My grandpa loved to take care of roses. He had a breathtaking rose garden. I wanted one badly. So, I started my own. I was stoked when my roses showed signs of growth. It became a competition: my garden vs. his garden. He won every time, but I never gave up and did my best to make it extraordinary. I read everything there was to know about roses and how to grow them.

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