Updated: Jan 2
1. Ficus Alii
Ficus Alii is an unusual and rare tree. At first glance, you might assume that it’s an exotic bamboo or even eucalyptus, but it's a fig tree! This particular species stands out not only for its exotic foliage but also for its singular tolerance for neglect.
In the plant aisle of most stores, you’re most likely to come across Ficus Alii’s more high-maintenance cousins such as Ficus Microcarpa or Benjamina. So if you’re hoping to acquire this rarer ficus, your best bet will be to look online.
2. Ficus Elastica ("Rubber Tree")
Most of us have come across Ficus elastica at some point in our lives, probably under the name of the “Rubber Tree”. The Rubber Tree is second only to Ficus Alii as a low-maintenance fig. And, as an added bonus, the Rubber Tree is in virtually every local nursery!
All figs prefer bright indirect light and consistent, deep waterings separated by dry periods. But sometimes we forget to water, water too much, or place our plants in conditions that aren’t as bright as our plants would like. Fortunately, Ficus elastica has a very forgiving temperament and will do its best to thrive even when its owners are still learning the ropes of plant care.
3. Zanzibar Gem (“ZZ Plant”)
The ZZ Plant is great for plant beginners and casual houseplant caretakers! It’s pest-free, drought-tolerant and it can even put up with low light.
The ZZ Plant shimmers with a waxy sheen. It’s this waxy, succulent-like quality that makes the plant well adapted to drought. Not to mention, when the plant does need water, it will dramatically droop, giving its owner a clear signal that it’s time to water. Whoever said chivalry was dead?
Pothos vines are so well known as the go-to, low-maintenance indoor plant that they almost don’t need mentioning. And yet, this list would be incomplete without them.
While pothos vines are thirsty and do like regular watering, they tolerate both intermittent waterlogging and drought. Pothos grow well in deep shade and can be divided into an infinite number of clones. You do not need a green thumb for this one.
5. Cast-iron Plant
If you live in a home with dim lighting or work in an office illuminated only with fluorescent lights and you want to bring a little life into your world, the Cast-iron Plant is the plant for you. While there is no plant that truly “likes” the deep shade found in our homes, to the extent that one does, it’s this one. Having evolved in deep forest shade, this plant is well suited for our homes.
Owning plants can be daunting, but these plants should make it far simpler. As always, PlantHero has got your back if you ever need a hand, book a Plant Checkup here.