If your thumb is so far from being green that every plant you’ve ever brought home has died, it has likely crossed your mind to invest in faux plants instead. However, if you want to add a bit of life to your living space, the solution may be purchasing the right kind of plant. For those avid plant killers out there, here are five houseplants that even the most experienced plant killers will be able to keep alive.
Say “aloe” to a plant you’re going to love! Succulents are a great option for individuals who don’t have a green thumb, and aloe, in particular, will live through your worst plant parenting skills.
While it’s commonly known as a healing plant due to its plump leaves that house a soothing gel, it’s also a low-maintenance way to get some green in your home.
An aloe only needs to be watered every two to three weeks, but it will need bright, indirect sunlight. To harvest aloe gel, snip or break off a section of leaf. The aloe will regenerate its leaves as they are harvested.
This heartleaf plant will give you Jurassic Park vibes (though it only dates back to the Victorian age).
Philodendron is a fast-growing plant that does well on trellises or in a hanging planter, which can add some nice dimensionality to your home. Just ensure the plant can get plenty of bright but indirect sunlight (next to a window, but not in full view of it).
In terms of watering, pay attention to the leaves. If your leaves are droopy, you’re either giving it too much or not enough water, and the leaves will quickly recover once you correct the issue.
A plant named for its aesthetic, the spider plant has many long leaves that hang elegantly to the side. As a bonus, this plant produces many “babies” that you can propagate and plant elsewhere throughout your house!
Spider plants can handle a bit of abuse, which means that even if it takes you some time to hit your plant stride, this plant is likely going to live through your learning curve.
Again, in terms of sunlight, this plant will need bright, indirect light. It will do well next to a window, not directly in front of it. When watering your spider plant, allow the soil to dry out between waterings (so you’ll only need to water this one about once a week).
If you’re looking for a beautiful addition to your home, this fluffy plant is a great option, especially because it can handle quite a bit of abuse, unlike most ferns. Its soft fronds will fill out your space in an aesthetically pleasing way, so expect compliments from your visitors.
When it comes to watering, if you keep your fern’s soil nice and moist, it will thrive! Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of natural light; this plant grows in full sun or shade. That being said, it prefers full sun, so if that’s an option, give this floofy guy the prime window spot.
If you’ve got a history of killing plants, greenery may seem like a luxury you can’t afford. However, these houseplants are so low maintenance that keeping them alive is practically fool-proof. So invest in these plants, worry-free!