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5 Rare Plants That Are Surprisingly Easy to Care For

These stunners will be a special addition to your houseplant collection, without all the fuss.

Philodendrons are wildly popular houseplants, yet easy enough to care for.
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Houseplants are a little like rabbits. They have a tendency to multiply really quickly. You might bring home a little spider plant cutting to pop in some soil, and before you know it, you have a full-on windowsill garden.

No judgment. We’ve all been there.

But then you hit a snag. Your first snake plant, your cute little cactus, your squishy succulent, those plants were all easy to care for. Some light, not too much water, and they pretty much took care of themselves. When you start looking to expand your collection, that’s when things get more difficult. If you’re the kind of person who is excited about checking the PH levels of water and setting up hydroponic lamps for your rare tropical plants, that’s amazing. Continue on in good health. But for the rest of us (ahem) lazier plant owners, here are a few rare plants that will look amazing on your shelf but aren’t too fussy to care for.

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There are hundreds of types of philodendron plants, and the vast majority are incredibly easy to care for. They need bright, indirect light, and you can let the soil dry out almost completely between waterings. The plants are also incredibly adaptable, so you can let the plant grow and trail on its own or direct it up a trellis. Most philodendrons also grow large leaves that look stunning, letting you take all the Instagram clout without breaking your back.

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Hoya is a tropical plant, but don’t let that throw you off. It is supremely easy to care for, and it can reward you with beautiful flowers with just a little bit of effort. Hoyas are sometimes called wax plants, because they produce dark green, waxy leaves and a lovely sweet scent. Hoyas should always have good drainage in their pots, as they’re sensitive to overwatering, but they do like to be on a schedule. Once you give them some bright light and find a watering routine, these guys will live forever.

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Pitcher Plants

Now we’re talking. Pitcher plants are eye-catching, with colorful leaves that form tubes known as pitfall traps. Traps? That’s right, pitcher plants are carnivorous. These plants won’t just look cool, they’ll also help you get rid of unwanted flies and bugs that wander into your space. Even though they look finicky, pitchers are fairly adaptable to indoor environments. Most need bright light, and the soil should be kept moist but not drenched. You can also hand-feed a dried insect into their trap every few weeks, if they haven’t caught any themselves.

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Air Plants

Talk about easy — these plants don’t even need soil. Out in nature, air plants usually grow on tree branches, and they develop thin leaves that spike out from the center of the plant. For indoor gardens, air plants do well in small glass terrariums, but they can also be placed nearly anywhere. They need indirect light and love a warm temperature. Keep them out of direct sun but near a window and they’ll be happy. As for watering, once a week or so, place the plant in a bowl or jar with enough water to submerge them. Leave them alone to soak for about 20 minutes, then let the plant drain on a towel before it goes back to its home. Voila!

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Also known as the Chinese money plant, pilea are originally from southwestern China. The plant is supposed to bring good luck, and it got its nickname because its leaves look like large coins.  Now, they’re grown all over the world, as they’re easy to care for and look great. They sprout round, flat leaves off of a central core, and they tend to stack on top of each other. Keep these guys out of direct sunlight or their leaves could get scorched. The soil also needs to dry out in between waterings, so this is a perfect plant if you don’t want to make the rounds with a watering can every day. Their large leaves can get a little dusty, so every once in a while, give them a wipe down with a wet cloth and you’re good to go.

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2 years ago

What are the 5 plants? The article has 5 genuses of plants that have hundreds of cultivars.

What are the rare plants? All listed are common plants you can buy at Home Depot.

Ashley W
2 years ago

It’s articles like this that make people wonder what they did wrong when their pricey plants die, because “they were supposed to be easy”. Yes, some philodendron are easy, but not all. I definitely wouldn’t recommend someone start off with a verrucosum, like they have so prominently displayed on this article. Hoyas can be the ultimate drama queen and aren’t necessary idea for the “lazy plant parent”. I would strongly suggest a new plant paremt avoid pitcher plants, which will die if you water them with tap water, and they need a humid environment or daily misting (plus you need… Read more »

2 years ago

Does the author have many houseplants? Maybe not with the ambiguity in this article

2 years ago

All of these are common plants that you can find in most nurseries and/or agro shops. Pitcher plants and hoyas can be quite fussy. This article is completely useless. Alex is right. Do not use it for rare houseplants.

Last edited 2 years ago by Jed
Muncy Smith
2 years ago

Looking forward to finding some new houseplants. Looks like it’s going to be fun.

2 years ago

I have the pilea and it’s been such a great accent to the home. It grows like crazy and I love the way the leaves stack on each other. Mine doesn’t mind the sun and can go about a week an half until it needs more water. I will buy another eventually just to each it grow!

2 years ago

I hate this type of article, not one one of these plants are considered rare. It want written for 10 year olds

2 years ago

Oh man pitcher plants are awesome BUT you need to use rain water or distilled water (not tap, not melted snow); and they’re planted in peat, not dirt. If the traps are dry, you should put some water in with an eye dropper. Freeze dried bloodworms for Betta fish work great if they havent “eaten” in awhile. The ones in the picture, are a type of nepenthes and should be water from above. Sarracenia can be bottom or top watered. They’re cool plants but yikes there is not enough info here and someone could be disappointed when their pitcher plant… Read more »

2 years ago

The Chinese money type is of much interest to me. It’s a lovely plant.

2 years ago

Need more information about monet tree plant.