A few well-placed plants can brighten up your space (and mood) instantly. Can’t keep plants alive--ever? These seven picks are so low-maintenance, they practically take care of themselves.

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Split-leaf Philodendron

Craving a little warmth in your life? (Um, always.) The split-leaf philodendron lends a tropical vibe to whatever space it inhabits. Make sure it gets ample--though not direct--sunlight, and water it whenever the soil starts to feel dry. Unsurprisingly, these jungle-like plants thrive in humidity, so give the leaves a light misting once a day to keep them green and perky.

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Peace Lily

Who wouldn’t want to wake up next to one of these serene-looking blooms? With creamy white flowers and glossy leaves, this fetching pick does well in low sunlight--in fact, the darker the better. (Hi, bedside table.) Keep soil moist at all times, but don’t overwater, as these guys are susceptible to root rot.

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Jade Plant

Because jades retain moisture in their adorable, rounded leaves, you can easily tell when they are over- or under-watered. If they look a bit wrinkly and sad, they need H2O. If they look a bit yellow, let them dry out a little before feeding them again.

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Moth Orchid

You can find these elegant plants in most grocery stores and flower shops, in a variety of colors. Once you get them home, position them in a north- or east-facing window of a relatively bright room. When the top inch of soil feels dry, run the pot under lukewarm water and let it soak through to the bottom drain holes.

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African Violet

Pick a bright spot--say, a kitchen window--for this vibrant plant and keep it in a squat pot or a medium-sized teacup to accommodate the shallow roots. Careful not to overwhelm them with water (only when the soil is bone dry!) and try not to get the leaves wet.

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Air Plants


Also known as the most Instagrammable plants ever, these little guys can grow anywhere--hanging from your ceiling, in a terrarium…on your wall. They just need fresh, circulating air (so no closed pots) and a nice soak once to twice a week. (Ah, to be an air plant.) Plop them into a small container of water for an hour, shake them off and let them dry before putting them back in their airy homes.

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Calamondin Orange

A perky potted tree with dark green leaves, white flowers, and golden fruits, a calamondin is pretty damn pleasant. (And yes, you can eat the fruit, though it’s a bit tart). Keep them in a sunny room and water weekly until the summertime--which is about when you should let them outside anyway.

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