13 Fast Growing Houseplants That Anyone Can Keep Alive (with pictures)

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We all know that having plants in your home is good for you and your family, but it can be hard to pick the right ones.

Sometimes the best way to figure out which indoor plant will thrive in your home is by trial and error. That’s a lot of time, money, and effort wasted on plants that won’t survive long enough to bloom or grow properly. 

Here are some fast growing indoor plants for beginners so you don’t have to go through this struggle yourself.

The best part is that there are lots of choices, whether you want tall or trailing plants, big leaves or small. These houseplants are easy-to-care-for choices for any beginner gardener!

Here are the fastest growing indoor houseplants to build your home jungle fast!

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Fast Growing Tall Indoor Plants

1) Bamboo

Bamboo in my home

Lucky Bamboo is sold as an indoor houseplant but is actually part of the Dracaena family. It is an incredibly fast-growing plant that blooms and grows much faster than other varieties of Dracaena.

It grows vertically and can reach heights of six feet or more in a short period of time.

Caring for this plant is relatively easy. It’s important to make sure the lucky bamboo receives plenty of natural light, preferably sunlight, every day.

Find a bright windowsill or set up grow lights for fast results.

2) Cordyline

cordyline potted plant in front of white background

If pink is your favorite color and you’ve got a corner that’s missing a piece de resistance, the Cordyline is a perfect choice.

They will grow up to three feet tall and require lots of sunlight so be sure you’re providing at least six hours of full sun a day.

The stems get very thick as the plant ages, but if you pinch them back regularly to maintain its size it will thrive in your home.  

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3) Dracaena Marginata

The Dracaena Marginata is considered an air purifier and a fast-growing plant in general and can grow up to three feet tall in a sunny spot.

As far as maintenance goes, the Dracaena Marginata is relatively simple.

They thrive in warm, humid environments and need to be watered frequently but not soggy. Keep them well-watered, but don’t over water.

These plants are actually a perfect choice for self-watering plant pots.

They also need to be trimmed back regularly to avoid them staying too large for their own good. 

4)    Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane)

Dieffenbachia Dumb canes plant in silver pot

Dieffenbachia is a great plant for beginners because it’s relatively easy to grow and can reach heights of up to six feet.

They thrive in sunlight but require shade in the afternoon to protect their leaves from burning. They will also thrive in a more humid environment.

Not that these plants are poisonous if ingested and need to have any fallen leaves picked up immediately

5) Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig trees are beautiful, tall indoor plants that can grow to be about twelve feet tall.

They need plenty of natural light so be sure to place them in a sunny location. 

This somewhat easy-to-care for and will thrive with minimal effort on your part as long as you remember to water it when the soil is dry 2 inches down.

6) Monstera Deliciosa

Monstera Deliciosa, or more commonly known as Swiss Cheese Plant, is an exotic looking plant that will grow to heights of four feet tall and wide.

For something even more exotic, check out the variegated varieties, the Albo and the Thai Constellation

This plant needs plenty of natural light and enjoy a warm spot in your home. They also prefer higher humidity levels so a plant humidifier will help boost its growth rate.

Bonus – the Monstera Adansonii is the vine-version of this plant and also grows pretty quickly. 

7) Rubber Tree Plant

a tall potted plant with white striped leaves

Rubber Trees are beautiful large houseplants, especially the variegated kind with leaves of creamy white stripes.

It’s one of my favorite plants these days, as the leaves almost look like a camo-print design. 

Like the Fiddle Leaf Fig, Rubber Trees need plenty of natural light and will grow up to six feet tall and can get quite wide unless you prune them back.

They also prefer humidity if you can provide it.

Need more ideas? View 13 Best Large Houseplants (that anyone can keep alive)

Fast Growing Trailing Indoor Plants  

8) Pothos

Pothos is one of the fastest plants that can grow in your home and comes in many varieties, including dozens with stunning variegation.

You can read about all the different varieties to choose from here

In fact, Pothos is one of the fastest-growing indoor plants and can grow up to several inches a week under suitable conditions. 

Pothos will also easily fill an empty corner in your home with trailing vines of green or variegated leaves.  

And you can make Pothos grow even faster in a couple ways. Provide the plant with more sunlight than it’s currently getting, and cut off nodes of the longer vines and plop them into the soil to make a more full plant.

9) Spider Plant

The spider plant is a classic indoor plant that looks great anywhere in the home. They’re easy to maintain, and they grow exceptionally well in a hanging basket.

The spider plant also serves as an excellent air purifier and will provide you with lots of oxygen during the day.

They’re also easy to propagate, just snip the baby spider plants off of the end and plop them in water for a week or two.

10) Tradescantia

Also known as the spiderwort, inch plant and wandering jew, this is a fast growing houseplant and one of the easiest to take care of.

If you’re looking for trailing plants, this one is a good choice because it thrives under lower light conditions or even artificial lighting.

However, because it grows so fast, this plant will also need to be pinched back regularly to keep it from growing too tall and slender, or too ‘leggy.’

Fast Growing Low Light Indoor Plants

11) Peace Lily

Peace Lilies are easy to care for plants that will thrive on minimal attention. They prefer medium light, but can tolerate lower light conditions.

Water them about once a week when the soil is dry; you can even wait until the leaves are just starting to look droopy before watering.

Since the leaves are so large, they collect dust easily. And when they’re in medium to low light conditions, it’s important to keep the leaves dust free so they can absorb as much sunlight as possible.

12) Snake Plant

​The snake plant is another indoor houseplant that does well in lower light conditions. In fact, they generally thrive on neglect.

However, as with all plants, it will grow faster with more sunlight. Either way, this plant is very tolerable to all kinds of conditions in your home, perfect choice for when you need to fill an empty corner.

13) Heart Leaf Philodendron

The Heart Leaf Philodendron is another popular indoor houseplant because it’s so versatile.

You can allow it to hang down and trail or train it to climb and grow larger leaves with a bushier appearance.

It does well in low light conditions, but can also tolerate medium light.

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