The 10 Best Indoor Plants for Those Who Can't Keep a Single Green Thing Alive
These 10 hard-to-kill and easy-to-care-for houseplants might actually turn you into a green thumb.
by : Nancy Pierri- Sep 24th, 2021
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Live greenery might have become the accessory of choice in every modern home, not all of us are blessed with a green thumb. Calling all plants killers! It’s safe to say we’re no stranger to browning, yellowing, or falling leaves—that’s why we’ve done the research and found the 10 best indoor plants for those who can’t keep a single green thing alive. Not only can we now finally join the houseplant decor party (better late than never), but we promise these plants will survive in any condition, from bad basement lighting to pretty serious drought.
1. Snake Plant
Sansevieria trifasciata, (commonly known as a snake plant) is a great beginner’s plant for many reasons. First, it’s practically indestructible—it thrives in both the direct sun as well as low lighting, and doesn’t require a lot of water (think once a week). Second, it’s a nocturnal air-purifying plant. Just prop it in the corner of your bedroom and let it get to work while you sleep.
2. Air Plant
You may have heard that air plants don’t need to be watered and that they just need air to survive, but while they do get their nutrients from the air, they still require a tad bit of water in order to truly thrive. Fret not, a spritz here and there will keep this plant happy, in addition to a regular soaking about once a week.
3. Spider Plant
Despite its creepy-crawly name, the spider plant is one of the best houseplants for those who are inherently bad at caring for plants. With different variations including pure green, variegation on the outside and on the inside, the spider plant can be bottom or top watered about once every two weeks and will grow under any lighting circumstance—from the tiniest of windows to direct exposure to the blazing sun.
4. Aloe Vera Plant
A houseplant that only needs to be watered once every three weeks? Count us in! Your aloe vera plant will thrive under practically any condition, although it prefers indirect lighting and 75 percent dry soil. Bonus: you can snap a stem off and apply the jelly on your skin for an at-home hydrating facial. Your skin will glow and your aloe vera plant will grow (back)!
5. Pothos Plant
The pothos plant grows leaves in a vine formation that trail over the pot, making it the perfect plant to fill empty bookshelves or a hanging pot–ticking all our #aesthetic goals boxes. The pothos plant is practically bulletproof and can survive almost any lighting, temperature, or watering situation, although it definitely prefers indirect sunlight and a regular misting.
6. Bamboo Plant
A bamboo plant is a great option for beginner plant parents as it can grow in both water and soil. All you need to know is that if you’re growing your bamboo in water, roots must be fully submerged and water must be changed once every two weeks. And if you’re planting it in soil, a regular misting and indirect lighting will make your bamboo last forever.
7. Monstera Plant
Known for its iconic leaves, the monstera plant is one of the easiest indoor plants to care for. Your monstera only needs to be watered once every two weeks and can handle an extremely low-light room, although it does prefer indirect lighting. Monstera can also handle any level of humidity—from your bathroom’s to your basement’s. That being said, a plant as gorgeous deserves to be front and centre.
8. ZZ Plant
If you consider yourself a forgetful person, a ZZ plant is definitely what you need. Not only is this fan-favourite plant low-light tolerant, but it also needs less water than more, meaning you can water it once every two to three months, when the soil has really dried out. That’s only four to five times a year! It can’t get any easier than this.
9. Orchid Plant
Unlike your bouquet of roses, an indoor orchid can live up to 15 years with the proper care. Orchids grow best in indirect lighting, but can still survive in low-lit spaces, and only need to be watered about once a week. Also, just because the flower falls off, doesn’t mean your orchid is dead. The plant can actually regrow its buds after you chop a dead stem off. And please, no ice cubes!
Beloved by everyone from beginners to plant pros, succulents are drought resistant and store water in their leaves to survive, just like wild cacti. Succulents need to be watered about once a month (top or bottom watered) and love direct sunlight. Just place it on your windowsill and let it grow.
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