Houseplant suggestions needed
September 16, 2013 8:19 AM   Subscribe

I'd like to get some suggestions for small houseplants. They will sit on the windowsill above my kitchen sink, getting direct sunlight in the morning. I need plants that can remain in smallish pots (no more than 6" diameter), and require minimal upkeep. I'd prefer it if they can be watered by adding an ice cube once or twice per week.
posted by asher to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Moth orchid?
posted by jquinby at 8:23 AM on September 16, 2013

I really like my oxalis triangularis. It's fine with minimal watering, super cool-looking, and the only real upkeep needed is to cut it down to the dirt every six months or so. It'll grow right back afterwards.
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:24 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

Sansaveria. They are very tough -- I have one in my kitchen window and it does great. Very slow growing and low maintenance.
posted by Ostara at 8:25 AM on September 16, 2013

Oh, African violets would do well, too! You do need to fertilize them occasionally, but it's not a big deal.
posted by Ostara at 8:27 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

Pothos ivy does very well with little maintenance. And seconding Sansaveria, it took a major drought to kill the few we had outside. Others are doing well.
posted by beowulf573 at 8:30 AM on September 16, 2013

I like Hypoestes (aka pink splash or polka dot plant) for easy indoor upkeep and pretty leaves.
posted by rmless at 8:34 AM on September 16, 2013

Cactii. They look great and many varieties won't spread out. Even the ones that do can take years to get to that point. They love the sun. Unless you overwater them they'll take huge amounts of neglect.
posted by MuffinMan at 8:36 AM on September 16, 2013 [2 favorites]

Aloe vera is both low maintenance and useful in the kitchen.
posted by Knappster at 8:42 AM on September 16, 2013 [1 favorite]

I love succulents and have several on my kitchen window sill. Aloe is one, but it will grow to fill whatever pot you put it in - we keep potting up one we've had for a couple of years and now it's enormous and we don't know where to put it! But a jade plant is easy and pretty.
posted by hungrybruno at 9:42 AM on September 16, 2013

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