Having living plants in your home creates a calm, peaceful ambiance. To make it even more relaxing, you need easy-to-care houseplants that thrive with very little attention.

Here are ten of the easiest and how to keep them healthy and beautiful.

African Violet

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The key to taking care of African violets is to give them just enough water. The soil should be moist, but not soggy. Instead of adding the water from above, keep it away from the leaves by watering from the bottom.

Place them where they can get bright, indirect light, and keep them away from vents and doors.

Spider Plant

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Watering a spider plant is similar to watering an African violet, except that spider plants do best when they dry out between watering times.

Give them bright, indirect light, and keep them in a room that’s between 55- and 80-degrees F for best results. If their roots start to show too much as they grow, just repot them.

Peace Lily

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Keep the peace lily’s soil moist but don’t overwater it. Water them with filtered water if possible, because the fluoride and other chemicals in tap water may cause the leaf tips to get brown. They love moisture, though, and do well with occasional misting.

Always keep them above 60 degrees F, but they grow best at temperatures above 70 degrees F. Keep them away from direct afternoon sun.

English Ivy

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English ivy plants prefer their soil to be a bit dry, so check before you water. If it’s dry to the touch on top, it’s okay to go ahead and give them a drink. Just make sure you don’t leave them drowning in standing water.

Fertilize them once a month, except in winter when they’re dormant.

Succulents

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Succulent refers to plants that have thick, fleshy leaves that hold moisture or “juice.” Common succulents include cacti, aloe vera, jade plant, and hens-and-chicks. Most of them prefer bright, direct sunlight. Put them in well-drained potting soil and let them dry out between watering times.

Fertilize them once a year. If the lower leaves start to fall off, that’s normal. But, if the upper leaves do, you might be overwatering them.

Dragon Tree

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The ideal temperature for a dragon tree is between 65- and 75-degrees F. Give them bright light, but not direct sunlight. Mist the leaves on occasion. Remove old leaves to keep them looking attractive.

Calathea

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Put your calathea plant in a shady room with indirect lighting. They do best in a humid environment, which you can create by placing the plant container on top of a saucer filled with pebbles and water.

Give them room temperature water when the soil is dry down to about an inch. Wipe the dust off the leaves and mist the plant from time to time. Take off yellowing leaves to keep it looking healthy.

Rubber Plant

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Start your rubber plant off right with well-draining soil consisting of a mix of peat, sand, and pine bark. Then, give It plenty of bright, indirect light.

Watering is easy if you remember that it needs less water in the winter. In the summer, keep the plant moist, but in the winter, only water it once or twice a month. If the air is too dry, give the plant a misting.

Pothos

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Pothos is the ideal plant for anyone who has trouble keeping their greenery alive. In fact, one of the names for pothos is devil’s ivy, because it’s so hard to kill. Choose a location in your house that has bright, indirect sunlight if possible, but if you want it in a shadier spot, don’t worry.

It can survive in relatively low-light environments. Let it dry out between watering, and then water it lightly to make sure the roots don’t get soggy. The leaves will droop when it needs water.

Asparagus Fern

The asparagus fern provides beautiful, lush greenery. Caring for it is easy, but be sure to wear gloves, because this plant has thorns. Place the plant in bright, indirect sunlight. Water it only once or twice a week, when the top inch of the soil is dry.

For one month in the winter and one month in the spring, give your asparagus fern less water. It prefers a humid environment, so mist it daily. In early spring, before the new growth begins, cut the fern back to within 4 inches of the soil. Then, when the foliage grows back up, it will be brighter and healthier.

You don’t have to be a master gardener to grow beautiful, healthy houseplants. In fact, where people go wrong most often is when they do too much. They water too often or too much. As long as you remember to relax and do the minimum, these easy-to-care houseplants will grow and flourish in your home.

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