If you spend any time over on Instagram ( come on over and JOIN ME) you may be seeing that house plants are trending in many of those swoon worthy interior decor pictures. Succulents, herbs, and other house plants are a great way to add organic elements to your space. As a bonus plants help add oxygen to the air which makes for a healthier home. There are many that are high maintenance, but I found some house plants you can’t kill.
Now, if you’re like me, your lucky to be able to keep a faux plant alive. Yep, in the past I have had the worst luck with house plants. I start out all prepared and motivated to be the best plant mom I can be. I stick to a watering schedule and I make sure my plant of choice has plenty of sunshine and even make sure to turn the pot regularly so that every side gets some sun exposure
Then, inevitably, I forget to water it one week which turns into two and then I look at my poor plant and it’s leaves are drooping. GAH…I am a horrible gardener!
Do you have the same problem? Well I am here to tell you that there are house plants out there that require minimal care that can solve our problem. Let’s talk about 13 house plants you can’t kill that you can add to your home and will thrive whether you give them regular care or not. That’s not to say you can set them and forget them forever, but if you forget to water them for a couple of weeks they won’t turn brown and die on you.
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House Plants for the Black Thumb Gardener
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Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or snake plant – Sansevieria Trifasciata
This plant is happiest when ignored…that’s a win win, right? It will grow quickly and needs to only be watered about once a month. If you water it too much the root ball of this plant will rot and the plant will die. It does equally well in low light or full sun. However, this house plant is toxic if eaten so it is not pet friendly. I like how the leaves stand up straight.
ZZ Plant – Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
The ZZ plant is happiest in artificial light and will also survive in low light. It’s leaves will turn yellow if exposed to too much natural sunlight. This is another house plant that does better if you forget you have it….until the the top couple of inches of soil are dry, then you should give it a drink. It will survive for long periods of time without being watered so if you forget, it will forgive you. Like the mother-in-law’s tongue take care not to over water it…which is perfect for us! Please note that this house plant is toxic so keep away from pets.
Spider Plant – Chlorophytum
Spider plants are also lovers of natural light, but will thrive in low light or artificial light. Do not place them in a hot south facing window. They only need watered every 10-14 days or when the soil is dry down 2 inches. They don’t like to be re-potted so don’t do this very often (as if we would bother to do that). Do clip off some of the babies that develop as the more there are the more stress on the main plant. The babies will grow roots, when they are long enough you can pot them in their own pot. This house plant is a super air purifier and is not toxic so it is safe if you have cats that like the occasional plant leaf in their diet.
Dragon Tree – Dracaena Marginata
Another drought friendly house plant (yay) the dragon tree likes medium light, but will survive in low light settings. They just won’t grow as fast. Water when the soil is dry half way down in the pot, but don’t fret if you forget. This is another house plant that is toxic so beware if you have pets.
Also known as Dumbcane, this house plant is easy to grow and does not like to be overly wet (score!). It does well with medium to low light and prefers filtered sunlight. I recently brought one home from the office where I work and repotted it into a bigger pot. The stem of this plant will grow straight up and the ones I have are nearly 3 feet tall. It should be watered when the soil is dry down about an inch.
Do not allow the roots to get overly wet. Dieffenbachia will be really happy to soak the water up out of the tray of it’s pot as needed. If it becomes too dry the tips of the leaves will turn brown so keep an eye out. This house plant is also said to be toxic and if chewed can cause swelling of the tongue and effect speech hence the name Dumbcane.
Panda Plant -Kalanchoe Tomentosa
This plant is also known as Rabbit’s Ear because it’s leaves are soft and furry and the shape resembles…you guessed it, a rabbit’s ear. This house plant is part of the succulent family and it’s leaves are thick to be able to retain water so you can forget to water this guy and he won’t get mad. They do like direct sunlight so sit them in a window sill. This house plant is said to be toxic for animals.
Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum
The peace lily is a beautiful flowering houseplant that does well in medium to low light. It even does well in artificial light so you could have it in a room with no windows. It is a super oxygenator (it’s on NASA’s top 10 list) and this houseplant will let you know when it needs water…what?! Yes, when the plant begins to droop slightly is when it should be watered. A plant that reminds me to water it…I am putting this one on my must purchase list. This house plant is said to be toxic to animals.
Rubber Plant – Ficus Elastica
Even an ant…can’t…move a rubber tree plant, but he’s got hiiigh hopes, he’s got…oops sorry! It’s stuck in your head now too isn’t it? #getoutofmyhead anyhoo…
The rubber plant can make a great statement in a space. With it’s dark green waxy leaves it can grow up to 50 feet tall, but not in the house thank goodness! Rubber plants require moist soil during the growing season in the summer, but during the dormant period can do with watering just once or twice a month. It loves it’s leaves wiped off with a damp cloth and you can even wipe them with mayonnaise to make them nice and shiny. Yes, this plant requires a bit more care than some of the others, but if it needs water the leaves will start to droop. Yellow or browning leaves are an indicator of over watering. Certain types of rubber plants can be toxic to animals so do your research before buying if you have pets.
Air Plant – Tillandsias
Air plants are the most amazing of this round up. They need no soil and as long as you submerge them in water for a couple hours every 10-14 days they will be ecstatic. Their leaves have scales that retain moisture from the air thus the need for infrequent watering. No fear if you forget, they won’t shrivel up and die. Just get them in water as soon as you remember, but make sure to let them dry completely afterwards. They can be put anywhere but prefer bright indirect sunlight.
Jade or Money Plant – Crassula Ovatas
The jade plant is part of the succulent family. It does not like to be over saturated with water so if you forget to water it, it will be fine. Only water when the soil is dry half way down in the pot. Make sure the pot allows for drainage and do not let water sit in the tray. This house plant loves and needs bright direct sunlight. It thrives best if placed outside during the summer. Adequate sunlight will help the jade plant grow strong and thick. This house plant is said to toxic to animals.
This house plant has to be the easiest to care for. It will grow in low light, but will also do well in indirect sunlight. You can plant in soil or grow it in water, but if it lives too long in one or the other it will not do well if you switch it. Allow soil to become dry to halfway down in the pot before watering. Neglecting your Pothos will not cause it harm, in fact it will thrive pretty much no matter what you do. This house plant is said to be toxic to animals.
Tree Philodendron – Philodendron selloum
Philodendrons come in many varieties, but the Tree Philodendron are an easy to care for house plant that has leaves that can grow to 3 feet long. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy and be sure that it receives bright indirect sunlight. This house plant is said to be toxic to animals.
Dracaena Lemon Lime
I can attest to the resiliency of this last house plant. I purchased one last fall when I made over our living room for the One Room Challenge. This plant does well in medium indirect sunlight. Mine sits in front of a south facing window with the blinds partially open to diffuse the light. Luckily it does well when not watered frequently ( horrible, I know). It should be watered when the soil is dry halfway down in the pot. It is a very forgiving addition to our home. This house plant is said to be toxic for animals.
So there you have it. House plants that are perfect for you and me. They are almost impossible to kill, even for those of us with the blackest thumb or those of us that can’t remember to water that green thing living in our family room.
Still not convinced you could keep even these house plants alive? There is always the faux option. Just remember to dust them occasionally.
Until next time…
forever your fellow black thumb gardener,