The Best Plants For Airbnb That Are Not Messy

Adding some houseplants to your Airbnb can help spruce things up and make the space feel homier. Plants are living things, and so they will bring some life and positivity to your Airbnb. Despite the advantages of houseplants, if you do not select the right type, things might just go sideways for you. The wrong plants will leave an unwanted mess for your guests and cleaners. In the article below, learn about the best plants for Airbnb and plants you will want to avoid. If chosen correctly, houseplants might turn your vacation rental into an eco-friendly Airbnb.

💡Multiple studies have proven that indoor plants keep you healthier and happier, offering both psychological and physical health benefits.

Good choices

To start off, here are some of the traits you need to look for in houseplants.

  • Require minimal maintenance
  • Can grow anywhere
  • They are beautiful
  • Do not require frequent watering (drought-resistant)

Also, if possible, avoid non-flowering plants. Discussed below are some of the most common houseplants that are good choices for your short-term rental.


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These plants are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and lovely colors. They will also do well in an ultra-trendy terrarium. As long as you provide the right lighting conditions, succulents will thrive. In fact, what makes these types of plants appealing is how they do not mind neglect at all. Generally, succulents need to be soaked instead of sprayed. Ensure that the pot has enough drainage and allow the soil to completely dry before watering again. When it comes to lighting, place them near east-facing windows. That way, they will still enjoy enough sunlight but not so much that it scorches your plants. Another important factor to consider is the soil. Good soil will encourage your succulents to grow. Go for well-draining soil so that the soil is not soggy.

Snake plants

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These plant species are ideal for narrow spaces because they can grow tall and fill up your room beautifully. According to NASA, snake plants have been found to be excellent for purifying the air. Just like succulents, avoid overwatering a snake plant. It does not do well with soggy soil. It only needs watering when the soil has completely dried out. Snake plants need a medium to bright but indirect light.

Snake plants are also known for their ability to help remove toxic air pollutants. In small contributions, snake plants can absorb cancer-causing pollutants, including:

ZZ plant

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) for Sympathy

This plant has become popular because of its ability to tolerate different conditions. That is what makes it a great houseplant for your Airbnb. It also needs little maintenance and has smooth leaves that start off in a bright lime color and turn to emerald green as they mature. The plant thrives in medium light and only needs watering every 2 to 3 weeks, thanks to its root system.

Aloe vera

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You can ignore your aloe vera for a month, and it will still thrive. Due to their structural shape, these plants complement modern and contemporary spaces. They also love deep watering, but it should be done infrequently.

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People eat it in yogurt in Japan. Aloe is actually one of the most popular flavors and can be found in beverages, too. Some claim it helps maintain beauty. 

Bad choices

Now that you know the best plants for Airbnb, here are the indoor plants that can make a mess.

Areca palm

The areca palm does not tolerate neglect at all. It is good at attracting pests, which makes it a bad choice for Airbnbs. Plus, the pests will destroy the plant’s leaves and cause them to rot. In addition, it thrives in slightly moist soil. If there is no one to water it frequently, it will die, which leaves your cleaners with the job of cleaning up the mess.


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These plants have a reputation for being divas in the plant world. They look attractive until you bring them home and realize they require much care and maintenance. They require lots of direct sunlight, but at the same time, they are sensitive to heat and touch. If you do not maintain them properly, the flowers will die and scatter all over the place. In the end, what was an appealing plant creates a whole mess in your Airbnb unit.

Fiddle leaf fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig Bush – Large

This plant can be quite fussy about sunlight. Too much sun and the leaves turn brown and wither. Too little, and the plant does not thrive. Plus, it does not respond well to environmental changes. Because of needing too much care, avoid it because there are days no one will be in the Airbnb space to care for it.

You have to know the best plants for Airbnb if you want to make it easy for your cleaners. You will also be saving money by not buying plants that will die because of neglect.


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