The 7 Best Houseplants for Your Bachelor Pad

Low maintenance, great benefit.

Sep 21, 2016
A simple potted plant here and there adds life to any bachelor pad (Shutterstock)

A simple potted plant here and there adds life to any bachelor pad (Photographee.eu / Shutterstock.com)

Having houseplants in your home brings with it a variety of benefits. They can improve your home’s feng shui, add a nice design element, and most important of all, improve air quality. And while not all of us are blessed with a green thumb, there are plenty of houseplants out there that can easily survive a little unintended mismanagement. These green beauties are some of the most stylish and beneficial houseplants, that pretty much anyone can care for.

1. BAMBOO PALM

The bamboo palm is a true classic for low-maintenance houseplants. It thrives best in direct sunlight or bright light and is a pro at filtering formaldehyde from the air. Some specimens can grow to be between 1.2 meters up to 4 meters, making them a great corner piece for any living room.

Bamboo palms are the perfect size for apartments. (Shutterstock)

Bamboo palms are the perfect size for apartments. (New Africa / Shutterstock.com)

2. SNAKE PLANT 

The Snake Plant (also known as a “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” or “Good Luck” plant) has fantastic air-purifying qualities and can survive in near darkness and on very little water. Overwatering is pretty much the only way you can really kill this plant, making it the perfect bachelor plant.

The Snake Plant will keep your air fresh and looks good. (Shutterstock)

The Snake Plant will keep your air fresh and looks good. (kvector / Shutterstock.com)

3. GARDEN MUM

If you’re a fan of something more colorful, the Garden Mum is right for you. Extensive NASA research found this plant to be an absolute air-filtering champion, taking care of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene. They are pretty, inexpensive, and easy to take care of, and once they’re done blooming in fall you can even move them outside to the balcony or the garden.

For an extra touch of color in your apartment pick the Garden Mum. (Shutterstock)

For an extra touch of color in your apartment pick the Garden Mum. (Verena Joy / Shutterstock.com)

4. IRON PLANT

Known as one of the most resilient plants out there (hence its name), the Iron Plant thrives even in the most extreme conditions under which other plants would shrivel. Poor soil, near darkness, and spotty watering habits won’t do any damage to this trooper. It’s a slow grower but will eventually reach a height of about 60 cm and be with you for many years.

The Iron Plant is extremely resilient and will stay with you for years. (Nino Barbieri/CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Iron Plant is extremely resilient and will stay with you for years. (Nino Barbieri/CC BY-SA 3.0)

5. JADE PLANT

The Jade Plant is small and not much to look at, but can live for well over 100 years with the right care. It doesn’t need a lot of water and likes direct sunlight, making it the perfect little addition to your inner window sill. Added bonus: the Jade Plant is thought to be a good luck charm for your home.

Don't have lots of space but want something green in your life? The Jade Plant is for you. (Shutterstock)

Don't have lots of space but want something green in your life? The Jade Plant is for you. (Mr. Kosal / Shutterstock.com)

6. ALOE VERA

Aloe Vera is one of the most beneficial plants you could possibly have at home. It’s easy to care for and its thick, individual stalks contain a clear liquid full of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and other compounds that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Just break or cut one of the leaves from the plant and apply the sap to your skin to topically treat and soothe burns and cuts.

Aloe Vera is like your personal pharmacy in your home. (Shutterstock)

Aloe Vera is like your personal pharmacy in your home. (Nevada31 / Shutterstock.com)

7. ZANZIBAR GEM

Also known as ZZ Plant, the Zanzibar Gem has the perfect combination of features as an indoor plant - it’s evergreen, small, requires very little light and water, and to top it all off it’s a great air-purifier. It is so low maintenance, that it’s even recommended to let the soil dry out between waterings to avoid overwatering.

Plants don't get much more low maintenance than the Zanzibar Gem. (dugwy39 / Shutterstock.com)

Plants don't get much more low maintenance than the Zanzibar Gem. (dugwy39 / Shutterstock.com)