10 Plants Even You Can't Kill
Working in the houseplant industry I hear it all the time. "I'm just not good with plants, I kill them all." Lucky for you there are many plants that can thrive with minimal care. Although some of the plants I'll list below may look fragile they can take some neglect. I know life can get busy and you don't always have time to give your plants constant love and TLC. I compiled a list of my top 10 suggestions for plants even you can’t kill.
These sturdy, easy-care plants are long lived. Snake plants are tolerant of low light but prefer a brighter area for peak growth. Snake plants are very drought tolerant plants that prefer to be watered sparingly. Water once every other month in the winter, and once a month during the hot summer months, depending on humidity. The number one killer of Snake plants is overwatering, so be cautious of how much you want to love on yours.
*TIP: Most houseplants like 50-70% humidity at all times in order to thrive to their fullest.
Pothos (SO many varieties!)
Pothos are one of the hardiest and easiest plants to grow indoors. Pothos are trailing plants that keep on growing. These beauties can trail up to 20 feet, or be cut back and easily propagated to produce new plants. Pruning Pothos back encourages new growth and creates a bushier look. Pothos like to dry out between waterings, but can’t be left too long without wilting. Water once every 1.5-2 weeks during the winter, and 1-1.5 weeks in the summer, depending on humidity. Pothos can handle some low light to bright indirect light. Too direct of sun can cause the leaves to burn. Pothos are fast growers and great for anyone who hates to wait awhile for new growth.
Spider plants are a gift that keeps on giving. These plants produce new babies super fast and are rarely seen without pups hanging from the pot. If snipped from the stem, you can propagate the babies in water to grow a new Spider plant. Spider plants can handle drying out some between waterings but enjoy moist soil that isn't soggy or wet. Too wet, you risk your plant getting root rot. Spider plants enjoy light shade to bright indirect sun. In their natural habitat they prefer to grow in shade.
Aglaonemas (SO many varieties!)
Aglaonemas are extremely forgiving plants and can handle a variety of growing conditions. Although they may be hardy they don’t tolerate cold drafts or temperatures below 60 degrees. Aglaonemas prefer low light to indirect sun, great for homes without a lot of windows. Allow the top couple inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Allow the soil to remain dry for a couple of days before watering again. Water about every two weeks in the winter and every week to a week in a half during the hotter months. Water schedules are harder with this plant, I suggest using a water meter or your finger to test the soil moisture before choosing to water.
Even if you have the blackest of thumbs you will be able to grow a ZZ. These plants are notoriously easy to care for. ZZ plants grow from rhizomes in the soil that store water and energy for the plant, extending time between waterings drastically. ZZ’s can go up to a month or more without watering. During the hotter months you should water more frequently. ZZ’s can handle a wide range of light conditions from low light to bright indirect sun. These plants are not pet safe, ZZ’s are mildly toxic to both pets and humans. While handling bare root or taking cuttings I suggest using gloves to prevent any contact with the sap.
Dieffenbachia (Many varieties)
Dieffenbachia are fast growing houseplants that can grow very large, up to 5’ indoors. Dieffenbachia are known for their beautiful variations in color. From beautiful shades of green and patterns of creamy white. These gorgeous plants are popular indoors as they can handle low light situations, but prefer brighter light during the spring and summer during the peak growing season. Dieffenbachias like to be consistently moist. They may need to be watered up to twice a week during the hot summer months but can cut back in the winter to every week to week and a half. Another common name for Dieffenbachias are ‘Dumb Cane’, named after their highly toxic nature to pets and humans if ingested. If ingested, Dieffenbachia will cause the tongue to numb and swell. Highly suggest keeping this plant out of your home if you have plants.
Philodendrons (Many varieties)
Philos are gorgeous trailing plants with pointed heart-shaped leaves. Philos are fast growing houseplants gaining up to 15” of growth in a month during peak growing seasons. Philodendrons can grow up to 30’ if not trimmed back. Like Pothos, Philos can be propagated easily by taking a cutting and placing it in water until roots form. Philos indoors prefer bright but indirect sunlight to prevent burning of leaves. When your plant starts to droop it’s a good indication it’s time to water. Philodendrons like their top 2.5” of soil to dry out between waterings, as they are highly susceptible to root rot if the soil is left too wet. Shriveled leaves or crispy spots mean you let your plant dry out too much.
Monstera (Many varieties)
Monstera’s have become very popular over the last couple years for their large glossy leaves, and fast growth. These are a favorite among interior designers as they are a great focal plant for a space. Monsteras like bright indirect light and temps that remain above 65 degrees. Tropical in their natural habitat, Monsteras like higher humidity between 60-70% that can be achieved with a humidifier. During the active growing season (spring/summer) Monsteras like to be watered every week to week and a half. The soil needs to dry out a bit in between waterings. During the winter months Monsteras will go dormant, meaning no active growth. During the winter, cut back watering to once a month.
Unlike desert-loving cacti that are drought resistant, the holiday cactus is a tropical native and needs regular water to remain healthy. The cactus blooms red, pink, or white in the fall and winter months. Holiday Cacti prefer bright diffused light to light shade. These plants require regular watering. The leaves will slightly shrivel when they’re thirsty. Giving you a visual cue it’s time to water. If you prefer a schedule, water yours every week in the summer months, to a week and a half in the winter months.
This slow growing succulent is a popular houseplant found in many homes. It’s thick woody stems and thick glossy leaves hold water making this plant a drought resistant option. Jade plants are very sensitive to overwatering; the quickest killer for jades is over-loving them. Water every two weeks in the hot summer months. Drop back to monthly waterings in the Winter to prevent overwatering. Jades like very bright but indirect light to prevent the leaves from burning. Jade plants are native to South Africa and were commonly thought to bring good luck to their owners. These are now often given as housewarming gifts as a symbol of good luck to the new home.
Hope this has given you some ideas for some easy care plants for your home! Remember practice makes perfect.