10 Easy-to-Grow Indoor Plants for the Elderly

10 Easy-to-Grow Indoor Plants for the Elderly

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Most people enjoy growing indoor plants. Seniors in long term care facilities should be encouraged to immerse themselves in this wonderful hobby. Dozens of inexpensive plant species can blossom inside small rooms and apartments, so long as they are well cared for.
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Most people enjoy growing indoor plants. Besides being a beautiful way to decorate a room, indoor plants are beneficial to your health.

A 1989 NASA study revealed that indoor plants reduce pollutants. and more recent research indicates that indoor plants boost creativity!

Seniors in long term care facilities should be encouraged to immerse themselves in this wonderful hobby. Dozens of inexpensive plant species can blossom inside small rooms and apartments, so long as they are well cared for. 

Benefits of Indoor Plants

Various studies have revealed some amazing benefits in having house plants, including:

  • Plants purify the air
  • Some plants can improve sleep by drawing in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen
  • Indoor plants increase focus and being present in the moment
  • Some plants reduce unwanted noise 
  • Plants look beautiful and improve your mood
  • Plants are therapeutic and stress relieving

There are Plants to Suit Any Position

You can find plants for any position - direct sunlight, indirect sunlight and even low light. Indoor plants are easy to grow and make unforgettable gifts. 

House plants are low maintenance and you don’t need a ‘green thumb’ to be successful. All you need is regular watering, a little fertilizer twice a year and leaf dusting from time to time. Of course you may also like to talk to your plants - serious studies indicate they do respond to kindness!

10 Easy Plants to Grow Indoors

Here are ten easy plants to grow indoors. They are mostly safe to grow around people living with dementia, children and pets. Having said this, decorative plants should not be put in the mouth so adequate positioning and supervision is always important.


1.Christmas Cactus - (Schlumbergera) Can be propagated from a stem cutting. Produces lovely flowers for a couple of months every year. Enjoys bright indirect sunlight.
2. African Violet - (Saintpaulia) Has a reputation of being temperamental - not so easy to get to bloom but has lush foliage all year around.
3. Wandering Jew - (Tradescantia) Requires little care, grows profusely and uncontrollably if left untrimmed. It is an invasive plant so discard trimmings accordingly. A good plant for hanging pots.
4. Begonia - (Rhizomatous Begonia) Enjoys morning sun and afternoon shade. Water only when the soil feels dry. Use potting mixture and peat moss.
5. Spider Plant - (Chlorophytum Comosum) One of the most popular house plants for easy care. Can be used as a hanging plant as well. It works as an air purifier.
6. Rosemary - (Salvia Rosmarinus ) Thrives on a sunny window sill or similar. Use sandy, well drained soil and provide at least four hours of sunlight daily. Place the pot in a drainage pan with gravel in it.
7. Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue - (Sansevieria Trifasciata) A natural and elegant air purifier excellent for bedrooms.
8. Aloe Vera - Improves air quality. Needs little watering. The gel can treat minor cuts and is good for facial masks.
9. Lady Palm (Rhapsis Excelsa) The easiest palm to grow, enjoys bright indirect sunlight, and little water.
10. Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata) Also known as Lucky Plant or Money Tree. Easy to care for. They get heavy as they grow so choose a sturdy pot with moderate depth. Use potting mixture and volcanic gravel (perlite).

Popular Plants Not Suitable for Dementia Care

Some innocent looking houseplants can be toxic for humans and pets. Be careful when purchasing or receiving cuttings from well-intentioned people; make sure you research each plant’s toxicity and suitability.

Plants that are popular but toxic were not added here for safety reasons. Residents in the later stages of dementia tend to put things in their mouths and the following popular indoor plants are not suitable for this reason: Zanzibar Gem, English Ivy, Firestick plant, Chinese Green, Dragon plant, Anthurium, and many others. 

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Jean 18th Mar 2020 Activities Provider
Thank you for the article 10 Easy to Grow indoor plants. In the light of the COVID-19 virus, a plant or plant kit, consisting of a small pot of soil and a young plant, could be made up and dropped of with people who are at risk of isolation giving them something to plant and look after.
Susan 18th Mar 2020 Activity Director
Yes I agree Jean
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