10 Low-Maintenance Indoor Trees to Beautify Your Rental Space

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10 Low-Maintenance Indoor Trees to Beautify Your Rental Space

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Yup, indoor plants are still going strong as beloved home decorations. Renowned for instilling tranquillity and enhancing our mental well-being, choosing an appropriate indoor plant can substantially influence how we experience our abodes.

Numerous plant varieties revel in the apartment lifestyle and necessitate minimal attention, requiring nothing more than intermittent watering, the occasional tidying, and a touch of nourishment. The most exemplary candidates possess enduring vitality, refrain from shedding leaves, and flourish under the right regimen, sometimes even favouring a less interventionist approach.

We've listed low-maintenance plants that flourish seamlessly even within the confines of the cosiest apartments. Whether you place them in an eye-catching planter within your bedroom or let them gracefully cascade over your shelves, rest assured that they'll elevate your style quotient and cleanse your living air.

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1. Maidenhair Fern

The Maidenhair Fern isn't merely an elegant accessory; it is a botanical powerhouse that can rejuvenate the energy in your living spaces. Often sought after for its intricate leaf patterns, the Maidenhair is uniquely adaptable, capable of reviving itself even when it seems to be on the brink—hence its 'Lazarus' trait. Perfect for your home office or a cozy reading nook, the Maidenhair thrives in low to medium light and prefers moist but not waterlogged soil. This makes it an excellent choice for individuals who have struggled with more temperamental plants in the past.

Close-up of a Maidenhair Fern with delicate, light green leaves in a white ceramic pot, placed on a wooden table.

2. Peace Lily

Peace Lilies are a veritable symbol of tranquility and purification. Besides their air-cleansing abilities, their stark white blooms add a touch of elegance to any space. Ideal for sunny bathrooms or bright kitchen windowsills, Peace Lilies enjoy weekly watering and a misting to maintain their vibrant green leaves. While they are incredibly adaptable, be sure to keep them away from pets as they can be toxic if ingested.

A Peace Lily plant showcasing its glossy green leaves and a prominent white bloom, positioned next to a window with sheer curtains.

3. Palm Trees

When you think of palm trees, you're instantly transported to exotic destinations, aren't you? Palms can bring a slice of the tropics right into your home. Choose a Dwarf Palm for a compact space or go all out with a majestic Royal Palm if you have ample room. Regardless of the type, most palm trees are quite forgiving when it comes to care. They usually prefer indirect sunlight and moderate watering. A well-placed palm can be a stunning focal point in a large living room or hallway.

A cluster of tall palm trees with expansive fronds, set in a spacious living room with white walls and modern furniture.

4. Chinese Fan Palm

If you're searching for a plant that can make a statement, look no further than the Chinese Fan Palm. With its bold, fan-shaped leaves, this palm can turn any space into a tropical paradise. Ideally suited for well-lit corners or rooms with skylights, they only require minimal watering and are relatively low-maintenance, making them perfect for busy lifestyles.

Chinese Fan Palm with dramatic, fan-shaped leaves, standing in a sleek, contemporary office with ample natural light.

5. Air Plants

Tillandsias, commonly known as Air Plants, are the ultimate in easy-care greenery. Their ability to absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves means no soil is necessary. Creative mounting options like suspended globes, driftwood, or even attaching them to other plants can make these little beauties a unique and versatile addition to your home decor.

Collection of Air Plants (Tillandsias) arranged in hanging glass terrariums, suspended from a wooden ceiling beam.

6. Devil's Ivy

Devil’s Ivy is a natural climber and can be trained around windows or hung from the ceiling in a basket. This fast-growing plant is perfect for those who want to achieve a jungle-like ambiance without the constant need for care. Devil’s Ivy is hardy, drought-tolerant, and can flourish in a variety of light conditions, making it one of the best starter plants for novice gardeners.

Devil's Ivy with variegated leaves cascading down from a hanging planter, adding greenery to a neutral-toned room.

7. Dwarf Date Palm

The Dwarf Date Palm is the epitome of modern chic with an earthy touch. Whether you place it in a vintage farmhouse bathroom or an ultra-modern living room, this compact palm adds an intriguing visual element. They relish warmth and humidity but can also adapt to less-than-perfect conditions, making them a favourite for indoor decor.

A Dwarf Date Palm in a rustic woven basket, sitting on a tiled bathroom floor next to a bathtub, thriving in the humid atmosphere.

8. Rubber Tree

The Rubber Tree is a durable and attractive option for virtually any space in your home. Its thick, glossy leaves are resilient against neglect, low light, and erratic watering schedules. For those who might not possess a naturally green thumb, the Rubber Tree offers a perfect introduction to indoor gardening.

A mature Rubber Tree with large, glossy leaves in a terracotta pot, positioned against a minimalistic white wall.

9. Bonsai Trees

Bonsai trees are a great way to add natural beauty to your home without taking up much space. They're also relatively low-maintenance, so you don't have to be a green thumb to keep them healthy. These miniature marvels are cultivated with meticulous attention, sculpted into pint-sized versions that nestle comfortably within containers or pots yet exude the grandeur of their full-grown counterparts.

Their upkeep is delightfully undemanding, encompassing essentials like watering, sporadic pruning, and occasional fertilising or repotting. Bonsai trees, with their stunning aesthetics, stand as a testament to beauty in small packages and effortlessly enrich any dwelling they grace.

"A meticulously sculpted Bonsai Tree in a rectangular ceramic pot, displayed on a wooden stand against a peaceful garden backdrop

10. Umbrella Tree 

The Umbrella Tree is an alluring choice for those who have not had the best luck with indoor plants. This forgiving flora can thrive even when you forget the occasional watering, making it a great option for busy or forgetful plant parents. With its shiny, broad leaves, it's a lush addition that offers height and structure to any room, from a sunny corner in your living room to a dimly lit bathroom.

"An Umbrella Tree with vibrant, umbrella-shaped foliage in a tall planter, situated in a sunlit corner of a living room

Tips to Grow Indoor Trees 

Growing trees indoors can be a rewarding experience, adding both aesthetic and health benefits to your living environment. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a newbie, here are some more detailed tips to ensure your indoor trees not only survive but thrive.

Start with Simplicity

Opt for Easy-to-Care Varieties: If you're new to the world of indoor trees, start simple. Choose species known for being forgiving and easy to care for, such as the ZZ plant or Snake Plant. This will help you get the hang of watering, feeding, and general upkeep without the risk of easily killing a more sensitive plant.

Consult the Guidelines

Read Care Instructions: Always take a few minutes to read the care instructions that come with your new tree. These will give you invaluable information on the specific needs of your plant—like light conditions, watering schedule, and fertiliser requirements.

Use Plant Apps: Consider using plant care apps or websites as a supplementary guide. Many of these platforms provide detailed care instructions for a variety of species, and some even offer reminders for watering and feeding.

Stay Attentive

Regularly Inspect: Make a routine of examining your plant for signs of distress like yellow leaves, drooping, or mould. This can indicate overwatering, lack of light, or disease.

Adjust as Necessary: If you notice any issues, be prepared to adjust your care routine. This might mean moving the plant to a sunnier spot, reducing the frequency of watering, or even repotting if the soil has become too compacted.

Seek Expert Advice

Don't hesitate to consult with local nurseries, online forums, or even specialised social media groups for plant enthusiasts. This can be particularly useful for diagnosing any issues and finding a community of like-minded individuals who can offer tips and tricks.

Ideal for Renters

Pot Mobility: If you’re renting a home, choose trees that are easy to move. Look for species that can thrive in pots so that you can effortlessly take them with you if you relocate.

Consider Space: When living in a rented space, you might have limited area for larger plants. Opt for dwarf varieties or trees that are known to grow vertically rather than horizontally to save space.

Adapt to Indoor Conditions

Humidity & Temperature: Indoor trees often need a certain level of humidity, something not all homes naturally offer. Using a humidifier or misting your plant can help meet this need. Also, make sure the room temperature is consistent and fits your plant's requirements.

Tools of the Trade

Invest in quality soil, fertilisers, and pots with good drainage. Your plants are only as good as the environment they are in. Quality tools make a difference.

By following these expanded tips, you'll be better equipped to grow a lush, healthy indoor tree that can be a centrepiece in your living space for years to come.

Empower Your Property Investment Journey with Houst

You can still have a green thumb even renting a place. Various trees flourish indoors, even within your rented haven, adding a touch of nature's beauty to your surroundings.

However, creating an ideal and aesthetic space for renters requires more than foliage. That's where Houst steps in. Beyond a mere rental management company, Houst becomes your trusted companion, generating more Airbnb revenue

Partner with Houst to streamline property rental management, attract reliable tenants with the right property marketing, and simplify maintenance. With their expert team, you can transform your long term and short term lets into a thriving, welcoming haven.

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