The easiest to care for house plants 'thrive from neglect' and are 'perfect for autumn' - full list

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Some house plants are easier to care for

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 31/08/2023

- 15:53

Some house plants are easier to care for than others

House plants are a great addition to the home and can really brighten up a property.

However, some require a lot of maintenance in order to keep them looking their best.

Giving plants the care and attention they need can easily fall to the wayside when life gets hectic.

Luckily, experts at have shared the easiest to care for house plants to include in your home.

Common Houseleek

The Common Houseleek is one of the easiest to care for


The Common Houseleek and Fern Arum came in joint first as the easiest to care for.

They both require little watering and can survive with low sunlight.

The experts suggested this makes them "super easy to maintain as they both thrive from neglect".

They are also a "perfect addition in the run-up to autumn and winter".

The Spider Plant is another household favourite and it grabbed the number three spot on the list.

It has a shelf life of 20 years and will continue to thrive when left alone.

Money trees, Aloe Vera and Panda Plants were joint fourth and they each have an average life span of 10 years.

Neil Mclaren at said: “We already know that keeping house plants alive can be difficult, particularly in the summer when temperatures rise and plants get more thirsty.

"Finding the time throughout your busy day to maintain and keep your plants alive can be hard, therefore exploring which house plants are best kept to be left alone and thrive from abandonment, might be the way to go - and bonus they’ll live a long time too."

Fern Arum house plant

​Ferns are a low maintenance house plant 


Easiest to care for house plants

1. Common Houseleek - infinite shelf life

1. Fern Arum - infinite shelf life

3. Spider Plant - 20 year shelf life

4. Money Tree - 10 year shelf life

4. Aloe Vera - 10 year shelf life

4. Panda Plant - 10 year shelf life

4. Chinese Evergreen - 10 year shelf life

8. Pothos - 7.5 year shelf life

8. Peace Lily - 5 year shelf life

10. Corn Plant - 2.5 year shelf life

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