Having a beautiful indoor garden requires a lot of effort and time. However, there are some fast-growing indoor plants that you can use to make your indoor paradise grow faster and be eye-catching.
So, which ones are fast growing indoor plants? After decades of planting indoors, I came up with the list of some of the fastest growing plants that will create a jungle atmosphere in just a couple of weeks. Here they are:
- Spider Plant
- Aloe Vera
- Jade Plant
- Velvet Plant
- Snake Plant
- Maidenhair Fern
- Arrowhead Vine
- English Ivy
- Guiana Chestnut
- Cordyline Fruticosa
- Wandering Jew
Stay with us, and learn a lot of interesting facts about these fast growing indoor plants! Most of them can be grown pretty easily, and I’ve even prepared guides so you leave nothing to case.
19 Fast Growing Indoor Plants That You Can Easily Grow
1. Spider Plant
The spider plant is one of the fastest growing plants in the green world and it can grow up to 3 feet. Why is it called Spider Plant? Well, it looks like a spider! But, you probably wouldn’t realize it if no one tells you that.
It’s often in a pot while its leaves are hanging down its sides, resembling spider’s legs. No matter how spooky its name can sound, this plant looks astonishing! It’s a perfect indoor plant for those in love with minimalism and simplicity.
The plant is mostly green, while the leaves might have discrete white or yellow highlights along the edges.
They are also perfect for those who can’t provide high-light conditions. Spider plants are fans of indirect light, and if you can, always avoid exposing them directly to the sunlight.
For the best results, aim to keep them on the temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and approximately 10 degrees colder during the night.
To avoid pests, which can easily infest this indoor plant, keep the soil well-drained and change occasionally.
For more on this gorgeous plant, check our ultimate spider plant care guide!
Pothos is another plant that is well-known for its fast growth. You probably know it by the different name – Devil’s Ivy.
This is a vine plant that also doesn’t tolerate direct exposure to the sunlight, but it prefers a nice, shady comfort of your garden’s nook.
Pothos has beautiful heart-shaped leaves in green color with discrete yellowish details. It can grow up to 6 feet in less than a few weeks.
This plant loves the company of other indoor plants, especially philodendrons, so you can plant it together- of course, if the planter is big enough to fit both.
For much more info on this beautiful plant, check our ultimate Pothos from A to Z guide!
3. Aloe Vera
If you are searching for a fast growing indoor plant that doesn’t require much of your effort and is useful for your household at the same time, aloe vera might be your choice.
It belongs to the lily family and it’s a succulent with fleshy, spiky, and fast-growing leaves. It blooms during the winter in mild climates and has gorgeous yellow or white flowers.
The only thing that you’ll need to do quite often with this one is repoting.
Unlike previous 2 indoor plants from out list, aloe vera requires almost direct sunlight. Well, not necessarily direct but it thrives when placed near a window. If you are interested to read more about this wonderful plant, here, you can find:
4. Jade Plant
Jade plant might be interesting to those who just love succulents, and need to have them all. Well luckily, you can have them matured really quickly.
In no time, you will have a plant up to 5 feet tall that can have a really long lifetime. It prefers a lot of sun and temperatures of up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep in mind that jade plant is susceptible to pest infestations and that mealybugs can infest it easily. You can use some sprays to deal with these nasty pests, or rub alcohol on a cotton swab and clean the plant with it.
For more on this gorgeous plant, check our ultimate jade plant care guide where you can learn every single step to grow it successfully indoors!
Dieffenbachia is an interesting plant with large leaves that comes from tropical areas. It has a sturdy stem and greenish leaves colored with yellow or white stripes.
It can grow really big- up to 6 feet. Besides, it grows pretty fast, so your little garden will be covered with green in no time.
It’s not that difficult to take care of it. All it requires is a dry soil and moderate sunlight.
Keep in mind that dieffenbachia’s leaves can cause unpleasant sensations if chewed, so avoid planting them near kids. Just because of this reason, its other name is Dumb Cane.
Check out our From A to Z guide on Dieffenbachia! There’s literally everything you need to know about it!
6. Velvet Plant
This colorful purple plant might be interesting to those that just want to bring fuzzy purple hue to their garden within a few weeks.
Velvet plant should be exposed to sunlight and will look best if its stem tips are punched.
However, you will need to balance between dry and soggy soil. It’s not difficult to grow it at all. If we exclude its water fussiness.
7. Snake Plant
Snake Plant is another amazing piece of nature that you can grow in your home.
Not only that it looks beautiful (even though its name might be a bit scary), but it will grow super-fast and give your home an enjoyable and comfy look.
You might wonder where the name comes from.
It is called Snake plant because of its sharp leaves and greenish color with light edges that might resemble the patterns of a snake’s body.
Another name for it is Mother-in-law’s tongue (or Sansevieria).
This fast-growing plant is also pretty easy to grow, so even if you have black thumbs, you can still go with Sansevieria and be sure that it will be healthy and strong.
It can grow both in light rooms and in those that are not so light, so if you live in a dark apartment, this one is a perfect choice.
Basically, all you’ll need is good soil. So, here’s the list of 5 soil products that work miracles with snake plant.
For step-to-step instructions, take a look at our ultimate snake plant guide.
As this is a pretty common ornamental plant, I am sure that you will have no hard time finding it. Here’s one:
Ficus is a subtropical fast growth plant.
Well, a tree, so to say, as it can grow to be very tall.
However, this fast-growing indoor tree is a common ornamental plant and is often grown in apartments and houses all around the world.
If you want to let your ficus grow, just be sure to give it a warm room with sufficient light, and most importantly – space to grow in.
So, if you have a ficus tree and it is not growing that fast, first wonder if it is feeling a bit tight in its pot.
The amazing colors and shapes of Ficus leaves will be just the perfect addition to your little urban jungle.
So if you feel like you want to speed up the growth and richness of your garden, do give Ficus a try. And here is a great ultimate guide on growing Ficus indoors.
If you have ever wondered which plant grows the fastest, you have found it – it is bamboo.
Let me just say that there are some bamboo species that can grow up to 36 in (around 90 cm) in less than one day! It’s one of the easiest growing indoor plants.
Now, even though your indoor bamboo will not grow at this speed rate, it is still the fastest growing plant!
Besides, bamboos can grow without soil.
Basically, all bamboo needs is a lot of water and it will grow like crazy.
Also, the bamboo plant is considered to bring luck and trying out this theory really can’t hurt!
10. Maidenhair Fern (and Ferns in general)
Ferns are one more type of gorgeous, lush green indoor plants that grow like crazy!
The fastest-growing fern among them all is the Water Sprite or Indian Water fern and it is a pretty common aquarium plant.
However, we are talking about making our apartments richer here, so I would suggest Maidenhair Fern.
This beautiful delicate-looking plant is named like that for its lush and rich foliage.
Just look at it!
However, it is not that gentle and it can grow almost anywhere. Plus, one of the family members, Asparagus Fern is easy to propagate!
Light, no light, shade? You name it!
Besides, it grows very fast and it looks best when hanged, so it will really give your apartment the look of a jungle.
Philodendron is one more fast-growing tree that is native to tropical climate and habitats.
As every tropical plant, it is very famous for its fast growth and lush foliage, so if this is what you are looking for – go ahead!
Also, philodendron is a plant that is really not that hard to look after.
Just keep it moist at all times, and it will be more than happy.
Also, it doesn’t like a lot of direct sunlight, so if you live in a shady apartment, this is the one.
It doesn’t hurt to tell it how pretty it is from time to time, it will really make it happy. 🙂
Anyway, here is a complete guide on Philodendron!
Geraniums are flowering ornamental plants and they can really bring life to your indoor garden with all those beautiful colors.
They can be found all around the world, but mostly in the mild regions and around the Mediterranean region.
You can easily make it grow nicely and fast in your own apartment.
Remember that Geraniums do not like to sit in soggy soil, so if you want them to grow fast and healthy, be sure to drain the soil well.
A good fertilizer is 90% of the job, so here’s the list of 6 best fertilizers for geraniums.
And in return, these colorful plants will brighten up your indoor piece of heaven.
13. Arrowhead Vine
Arrowhead vine is one of the most beautiful and one of my favorite indoor plants.
All it really needs is the moist surrounding and a bit of indirect sunlight.
Arrowhead vine is a tropical plant and as I already said, these tropical are fast growth plants.
It is commonly found in the tropical regions of Latin America in nature, but it is very easy to grow it in your apartment too.
Just like ferns, arrowhead vine looks great when hanging, but it is also a very popular climber, so you can choose how to style it to the rest of your urban jungle easily.
With its beautiful colorful and interestingly shaped leaves, arrowhead vine will make your apartment rich and green in no time.
14. English Ivy
One more vine on my list!
I just love the atmosphere vines can make.
They are so gentle, but they are rapid growers and they can just turn your apartment into a real green kingdom practically overnight.
English ivy is no different and this plant will steal your heart away.
Just know not to keep them in soggy soil or sitting in a lot of water.
Do give them sunlight and keep the air around them moist, but just don’t try to drain them to make them grow faster.
Besides, even if you don’t have a lot of sunlight in your apartment, English ivy will forgive you and grow fast anyway.
For a step-by-step guide on fertilizing, propagating, and growing (in general), check out this ultimate English Ivy guide.
Here is another gorgeous tropical plant, but this time, it is native to Asian counties like India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Hoya is a plant that is often found sitting on shelves and tables, but not many know that Hoya can be a hanging plant too once it grows long.
And it will grow long, and it will grow fast if you take good care of it!
Hoya is a plant that likes a lot of sunlight.
So if you want it to grow fast, be sure to find it a nice bright spot.
You can just turn the pot every couple of weeks (or even months) to make sure that all of it is getting enough sunlight.
Also, Hoyas don’t like too much water, so you can safely water it once a week and be sure that it will be just enough.
As for the humidity, just mist the air a few times per week and all is good.
You see, Hoya plants don’t ask for much to be fast-growing plants.
16. Guiana Chestnut
Guiana Chestnut is another on the list of fast growing indoor plants that would look great in your garden.
It is native to Central and South America and it grows in swamps in moist surrounding in nature.
Once again, here we have a tropical beauty of fast growth speed.
If you would like to grow Guiana Chestnut in your apartment, be sure to give it a nice, warm, sunny spot, and a moist surrounding with well-drained soil.
Of course, it will not grow as large as it grows in nature (this is a tree of up to 23 feet, after all), but it will grow fast and you will enjoy its bright green color in no time.
Here is another flowering plant that is not only attractive-looking and fast-growing but also perfectly healthy. Especially for your blood pressure.
Hibiscus is native to warm tropical areas, so it is also known for fast growth.
I can promise you, once you lay your eyes on those sunset colors, you will be in love!
In natural conditions, hibiscus normally blooms throughout the whole year.
They like warm places, so the best temperature would be somewhat between 60 and 90 degrees F (or 16 to 32 C).
If you keep it in warm places, do not forget to water it every day as they like a lot of water.
Unlike Ficus, Hibiscus doesn’t like to have a lot of room, so keep it tight in its container. For more amazing info, check out this Hibiscus complete guide!
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18. Cordyline Fruticosa
This one’s known by a couple of other names, such as Ti plant, Hawaiian Good Luck Plant, Cabbage Tree, and many more. Its most fantastic asset is multi-colored lance-shaped leaves, which makes your home look more exotic.
As for the growth rate, it’s about 2 feet per year. This plant can grow between 270-450 cm, with a width between 90-240cm.
To make it thrive make sure the soil is moist and fertile, and place the Cordyline Fruticosa in full sun to partial shade. Feed between 4 and 6 times a year to maintain the brightness of the leaves.
19. Wandering Jew
So, it’s not only a fast-growing one but simple to maintain as well, which is why beginners like it a lot. Wandering Jew refers to three plants- Tradescantia Fluminensis, Tradescantia Zebrina, and Tradescantia Pallida.
New shoots appear after a month, month, and a half, on average. This plant is simple to propagate as well.
However, they don’t age well, so enjoy their youth. How will you know that the plant is getting older? It will start to look leggy, and slightly untidy, no matter how well you take care of it.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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