The 8 Indoor Flowers Even the Most Neglectful Plant Parent Can Keep Alive

We all know the benefits of having a potted plant or a bouquet of flowers in our home. Not only do they add color and lessen stress, but they also rid the air of harmful toxins and cling dust to their leaves. Since there don't seem to be any drawbacks to bringing the outdoors in, why wouldn't someone do it?

Well, easy: They take care. "People need to realize that plants are living things. They grow, adapt, and respond to their environments, even our homes," says Christopher Satch, a plant scientist at The Sill in New York City. As much as it may seem like a trendy fig tree or a vase of peony blooms is akin to a side chair or a coffee table vignette, they're not. "If we stop treating plants like a piece of furniture or décor, we will be more successful with them," he continues. "Just because a plant looks good in a certain place does not mean that the plant will do well there."

Christopher says that the only way to know how to tend to plants—including how much light to give them and when to water them—is to go to a professional. And lucky for us, he's one. So before you turn your green thumb red trying to figure this out on your own, we asked Christopher for the best indoor flowers to grow right now. So look around your space for the right setting, go out and buy fertilizer, and prepare for patience. These are the eight indoor flowers that can finally make your surroundings feel more like an airy and comfortable home.