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7 Easy Care Floor Plants For Beginning Houseplant Gardeners

Are you a beginning houseplant gardener who wants some large indoor plants? Here's my list of 7 easy care tried & true favorites plus growing tips. You'll feel like you're in the tropics in no time!

If you have the space for floor plants, I believe you should consider adding them to your home. Know that large indoor plants and trees are going to bring so much life and greenery to your living space. A beautiful palm in your living room will be just the accent piece you need.

I think of houseplants as a necessity, and not a luxury. If you’re a beginning houseplant gardener this list of easy-care floor plants is a good place to start.

Are you brand new to the wonderful world of houseplant gardening?

I’d recommend starting smaller and try 1 or 2 of these tabletop or hanging plants first. They’re much less expensive and will help you build up your confidence when it comes to houseplant care.

I’m always on the lookout for new plants to bring into my home. Some appeal to me but I don’t buy them. Throughout the years I’ve learned what plants are in it for the long haul and which are just “6 month wonders.”

The list below is tried and true based on my long standing love affair with houseplants.
nell foster sits in between 2 large houseplants 1 is a dracaena lisa & the other is a dracaena art

I’m not so sure what this pose was all about, but that’s Dracaena Lisa on my left & Dracaena Art on the right.

Floor plants are larger and taller so most people place them on the floor. They can be elevated even higher with a plant stand. You’ll see that some are tall and narrow, while others are shorter and wide. In houseplant terms, these are usually 10″, 12?” and 14″ grow pot sizes. Specimen houseplants come in larger pots but you need to have lots of room (and spare change!) for those.

I’m going to list 6 runner-ups along with the 7 picks listed below.

I chose these houseplants not only based on my own horticultural experiences but also on comments and questions I’ve received from readers and viewers. You’ll find a few plant care and buying tips, a video and light conditions explained towards the end.

Know that all of the below plants, when bought in 6″ or 8″ pots, can be used as tabletop plants. Eventually, they’ll grow into floor plants.

7 Easy Care Floor Plants

I’m only touching on a few points in regards to these rockstar houseplants. I’ve done posts and videos on all of them (except the Spineless Yucca & the Corn Plant). With that being said, you can click the links to find out more if any of these plants spark your fancy.

Snake Plants

Low to medium light (I explain light levels in a nutshell down below so be sure to check that out ). Snake Plants (Sansevierias, Mother In Law Tongues) are about as tough & easy as it gets. They come in a range of leaf patterns, shapes, sizes & forms. The common taller growing ones are S. trifasciata zeylanica & S. trifasctiate laurnetii.

Snake Plant Care

rows of large snake plants in black grow pots at a grower's greenhouses

Sansevieria trifasciatas at the growers. When they get this big, they’re quite heavy.

ZZ Plant

Medium light. ZZ Plants (Zamioculcas, Zanzibar Gem) have beautiful foliage & have become quite popular in the last 5 years. As a floor plant, this one spreads & the leaves arch out with age. There’s a variegated form but it’s much harder to find.

ZZ Plant Care

a large glossy green zz plant in a white square pot sits on a pink floor

This is my ZZ Plant which I divided into 3.

Dracaena Lisa (& Janet Craig)

Low to medium light. This  When I was an interior plantscaper, this plant was billed as the ultimate low light plant and was seen in almost every office & lobby in town. Dr. Janet Craig was the variety on the market in those days but now Dr. Lisa & Dr. Michiko have since appeared on the seen. Dr. Lisa is great for areas in your home where you want some height but you’re short on width.

Dracaena Lisa Care

rows of 5-6' dark glossy green dracaena lisas in a grower's greenhouse

Rows of Dracaena Lisas. You can see how dark & glossy the foliage is.

Rubber Plant

Rubber Tree, Ficus elastica. Medium to high light. If you have a lot of natural light & space for this plant to grow, then here’s the indoor tree for you.  It’s much easier to grow indoors than the Ficus benjamina & the Ficus lyrata. The Rubber Tree is a great value – it’s inexpensive compared to many floor plants because it grows fast.

Rubber Plant Care

rows of ficus elastica burgundys in a grower's greenhouse

Ficus elastica Burgundy. This Rubber Plant can tolerate lower light levels than the variegated varieties.

Kentia Palm

Low to medium light.  Howea forsteriana. If you have a room with lower light levels in your home & want an elegant plant to liven it up, then the Kentia Palm’s the one for you.  It arches gracefully & fans out so it’s not for tight corners but if you have the room, you’ll love it. One drawback: this plant isn’t cheap.

rows of 5-6'  kentia palms in a grower's greenhouse

Beautiful Kentia Palms. These grow slowly so you don’t want to buy a smaller one hoping it’ll grow 3′ in 2 years.

Corn Plant

Medium light. Dracaena fragrans massangeana. This leaves of this plant actually looks like the leaves of corn which you’d find in a vegetable garden. This perennially popular houseplant will loose the central chartreuse variegation & revert to solid green if the light’s too low.

rows of 6' dracaena massangeana in multi cane forms in a grower's greenhouse

The Corn Plant – another dracaena standby in the houseplant world.

Spineless Yucca

High light. Yucca elephantipes. This isn’t a soft & fluffy plant but it works well with modern decor. It’s very tough & suited to high light, warm environments. Spineless Yuccas are great for people who travel a lot because of their low maintenance requirements.

rows of 6' yucca elephantipes in multi cane form in a grower's greenhouse

The Spineless Yucca is great if you have high light & want a bold, striking houseplant.

Bonus Plants

I just had to! These plants were very close runners up. Maybe I should have done 13 instead of 7 but sometimes too many choices can be confusing. Overwhelm can prevent us from starting in on anything.

I find these 6 plants easy to grow & care for: Dracanea Art, Dracaena Lemon-Lime, Cast Iron Plant, Ponytail Palm, Song Of India & Song Of Jamaica.

Light Levels

I have no experience with artificial light so what I’m referring to here is natural light. Be aware that light levels vary with the seasons so you might have to move your plants closer to a light source in the winter months.

Very few houseplants can take strong, direct sun so keep them out of hot windows or else they’ll burn.

Conversely, a few of the plants above will tolerate low light, but they won’t do too much if any growing. Medium light levels are better.

Low light – Low light isn’t no light. This is a northern exposure with no direct light.

Medium light – This is an east or west exposure with 2-4 of the sun coming in the windows per day.

High light – This is a west or south exposure with at least 5 hours of the sun coming in per day.

Just know that you can have a low light plant in a medium or high light room but it needs to be at least 10-15’ feet away from the windows. I use my instincts when it comes to light and houseplants.

If a plant isn’t doing as well as it should, then I move it. You can find more detailed information on light and houseplants  here.

rows of large zz plants in tall grow pots at a grower's greenhouse

Large ZZ Plants at The Plant Stand in Phoenix.

Tips For Growing Floor Plants

Start with smaller tabletop or hanging plants first. Floor plants aren’t any harder to care for, they’re more expensive experiments.

Know what the requirements of the plant are & where it’s going before buying it. You wouldn’t want to put a Kentia Palm in front of a hot, sunny sliding glass door. Conversely, a Spineless Yucca in a dimly lit room would get very thin & spindly over time.

Buy a healthy plant. I buy the majority of my houseplants at independent nurseries & garden centers where I know the stock is well taken care of. I’ve bought a few plants at Home Depot & Lowe’s but I rummage through the inventory to see if I can find a good looking, healthy plant.

Plants grow towards the light. You’ll want to rotate a floor plant every couple of months so it gets exposure to light evenly on all sides. that way it won’t look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

I’ve seen all these floor plants, except the Kentia Palm, available in smaller 6″ & 8″ grow pot sizes & sold as tabletop plants. Don’t think they’re going to grow to 6′ in a hurry. These plants will grow much slower in your home than they would in a greenhouse. If you want a 6′ Dracaena Lisa for that spot in your family room, then buy a 5-6′ plant; not one that’s 3′.

Avoid overwatering.

This is the most common cause of houseplant death. It’s better to keep the majority of houseplants on the dry side rather than constantly moist. The roots also need oxygen & will die from root rot. As I say, “go easy with the liquid love”.

Nell admires a Ficus elastica Ruby, which is included in a list of easy care floor plants.

For you fans of pink, Ficus elastica Ruby is for you.

I’ve had great experiences with all of these easy care floor plants. I hope you find this list to be helpful and give at least 1 of these houseplants a try. You’ll be living surrounded by a gorgeous green jungle in no time!

You can find more houseplant info in my simple and easy to digest houseplant care guide: Keep Your Houseplants Alive.
the cover of the houseplant care guide keep your houseplants alive

And much more on houseplants here!

Happy gardening,

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