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Hard-To-Kill Houseplants Perfect For Beginners

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

Hey you, aspiring plant owner! If you want to start your own indoor jungle, but you don't have much of a green thumb, here's a list of durable green friends perfect for those who are new to houseplants!


Aloe Vera

Aloe is a great plant for beginners and forgetful plant parents, thanks to its hardiness and drought tolerance.


Given the proper care, this plant can live for many, many years.


To keep it happy, plant Aloe in a terracotta pot with well-drained soil and place it in a bright, sunny spot.


Then, water the plant every two weeks, making sure you are allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings.







Spider Plant

This plant is considered to be one of the most adaptable and easiest to grow.


It grows in a wide range of conditions and suffers from a few problems, other than brown tips.


Give it some well-drained soil and bright, indirect light, let it dry out between waterings, and it will thrive!





Mimosa Pudica

Also knows as Sensitive plant - its leaves curl into themselves when touched - this funny plant will love to grow in full sun, but can thrive in partial shade too.


It can adapt to any soil, but it will grow stronger in some moist and well-drained dirt.


It will do fine in average room temperatures - just make sure to keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy.






Ficus Benjamina

Ficus Benjamina tolerates drought well and can live in a range of light levels, but it will look its best when grown in bright, indirect light.


Make sure you are letting the soil to dry out between waterings.


And remember: this plant doesn't like change. Choose a spot for your Ficus and leave it there - it will start dropping its leaves when moved around.


Ficus Benjamina is a long-lived house plant. Give it proper care, and you'll enjoy it for many years!





Lucky Bamboo

This interesting houseplant - no, it's not a bamboo at all - can easily grow both in soil and in water.


Lucky Bamboo can tolerate any light levels but won’t grow much when receiving low light only. It will do great in bright light.


If you have placed your Lucky Bamboo in the water, do not let the roots to dry out – keep them covered with water at all times.





Snake Plant

Sansevieria is certainly one of the most tolerant plants around.


It will survive low light levels and drought. You can neglect it for weeks, and it will still look fresh.

Moreover, Snake plant is able to keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene.


Yes, it's the perfect houseplants!







Prayer Plant

Regardless of what you could hear around, Prayer Plants aren’t complicated; they just have specific needs.


Although tolerant of low light, it does best in bright, indirect sun, well-draining soil and high humidity.


Feed your Prayer Plant every couple of weeks, and watch it thrive!





Cast Iron Plant

This extremely hardy houseplant is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time for plant care.


The Cast Iron Plant can survive the most extreme condition: it will grow well in low light, and it won't require regular water.

It will thrive in very hot, dry summers, and cold winters won't damage it either.


Insects seem to leave it alone, and it very rarely is bothered by diseases.



Ficus Elastica

Rubber Fig is an in-house tree-like plant famous for its low-maintenance requirements and its beautiful variegated leaves.


It doesn't like to sit in water - make sure to choose a well-draining soil.


Rubber plant likes bright light, but not direct sunlight.


In the summer, during the growing season, the plant should be kept moist.

During the dormant season, it will need water only once or twice a month.






Bamboo Palm

Caring for a Bamboo Palm won’t require much time or energy.


This plant will grow in low light conditions, although it will get taller with more light.

Repot your palm right after purchasing it. Then give it some room temperature filtered water and place it in bright indirect light.

Then, water only when the soil surface feels dry.




Bird's Nest Fern

Your Bird’s Nest Fern will do best in medium to low light. Don't expose it to direct sun, other than in the very early morning.


This plant does not require the same level of humidity that many other kinds of ferns need - this makes it the best fern for forgetful plant owners.


You will still need to keep the soil moist, but from time to time, this plant can tolerate dry soil.






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