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The 6 House Plants That Are Nearly Impossible To Kill (No Matter How Hard You Try)

Having a green thumb doesn’t come naturally to all of us (or may be virtually nonexistent for some). But even if you think you’re not cut out to be a plant parent, there are still options for adding some life – that require the absolute minimum level of maintenance. Consider them the fool-proof foliage anyone (and everyone) can grow.  

With even the smallest amount of light and sporadic watering, these 6 plant varieties will not just stay alive – they’ll thrive. So don’t worry if you’re lacking any skills! Give these options a try and get in touch with nature.

 

 

Keep scrolling to see 6 plants we love (that are also ultra-low maintenance).

 

Be sure to check out some of our other favorite ways to add greenery: Bring A Bit Of Green Indoors With Bobby’s 15 Favorite Planters and Design By The Stars: The Best Indoor Plant Based On Your Sign.

ZZ PLANT

 

Why we like it

This native of Africa (a.k.a. Zanzibar Gem) has shiny oval-shaped leaves that give it a fun and funky personality. Plus it’s a slow grower, making it a great option for accenting tabletops, desks, or bookshelves.

 

WHY IT’S SO EASY

Will adapt to all levels of light (just avoid super bright sunlight) and only requires water every 2-3 weeks. And as a drought-tolerant species, even if you forget to water it for a month, the ZZ will still spring back to life.

 

PET FRIENDLY?

No

 

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SPIDER PLANT

 

Why we like it

It’s easy to see how the spider plant got its name- with long tendril leaves that resemble the many legs of an arachnid. And like its namesake, this plant also likes to dangle from the ceiling (in a hanging planter that is). We especially love how easy they are to propagate – meaning your fast-growing plant can produce lots of other baby plants over its lifetime.

 

WHY IT’S SO EASY

Unfussy about light, they will tolerate anything from partial shade to bright sun. Water once a week, and allow the soil to completely dry in between. Follow those simple guidelines and your spider will be good to grow!

 

PET FRIENDLY?

Yes

 

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SNAKE PLANT

 

Why we like it

Also known as sansevieria, this plant’s long, sword-like leaves have a unique sculptural quality. And as a quick grower, it’s also great for adding height to a room or filling corners (and is especially good at purifying the air).

 

WHY IT’S SO EASY

A snake plant can handle whatever conditions you throw at it – bright, medium, or low light – and requires water only every 2-3 weeks. So even if it’s placed in a not-so-bright corner and you forget to water it, it’s still going to stick around!

 

PET FRIENDLY?

No

 

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HEART LEAF PHILODENDREN PLANT

 

Why we like it

With heart-shaped leaves (and practically no maintenance required), there’s a lot to love about this un-fussy philodendron. Its leaves grow downward, so it’s ideal in a hanging planter or set on a shelf to trail.

 

WHY IT’S SO EASY

Whether in bright or indirect light, this plant will make do. Water every one to two weeks, sit back, and this philodendron will flourish.

 

PET FRIENDLY?

No

 

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SILVER POTHOS PLANT

 

Why we like it

The unique silvery speckles on the leaves are what set this variety apart from other plants. The pothos also happens to be one exceptional air purifier, so it’s more than good looking – it’s good for you too.

 

WHY IT’S SO EASY

Low, partial, bright – the Pothos isn’t particular about its light. A weekly watering will do nicely, and a slightly humid environment like a bathroom or kitchen will suit it even better.

 

PET FRIENDLY?

No

 

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BIRD’S NEST FERN

 

Why we like it

In nature, this plant grows just about anywhere, from the side of trees to a rainforest floor. And it will look just as good anywhere in your home. The long, crinkly leaves are what make this variety stand out, and make it a unique option to decorate your nest.

 

WHY IT’S SO EASY

The most work you’ll have to give this plant is water every 1-2 weeks and the occasional spritz to keep it moist. Just place in indirect light of any level, and it will be fit to thrive.

 

PET FRIENDLY?

Yes

 

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  1. Thank you for including the pet friendliness of these plants! This is need to know info!

    1. We need to look out for our furry friends! Thanks for reading. xx -B

      1. Are the plants toxic to the pets if ingested? Or do they release toxins in the air? I have two dogs but I’m sure they wouldn’t eat the plants.

        1. They can be toxic only if ingested. So they’re safe to use as long a the pups leave them alone! xx -B

  2. This is exactly what I have been looking for. I’m not the best with house plants and constantly worry about the safety for my animals. This is perfect!

    1. Thanks so much for reading! Hope you stay safe and inspired with your pets. xx -B

  3. Love these! I’m terrible plant mama and light always gets to me. Seeing I can put these bad boys and girls anywhere makes me want to try again!

    Thanks Bobby!

    1. Thanks for your comment! Even if it takes a few tries, having plants in the house is so good for you mentally and aesthetically! Wishing you best of luck with your new plant babies. xx -B

  4. Great list! In Brazil, we usually put the Snake Plant (here we call it “Saint Barbara’s Sword” – or “Saint George’s Sword”, if it’s the variation without the yellow border) at the house entrance, because we believe it protect us from bad energies.

    1. Thanks for sharing! Who knew Snake Plants were so important to protecting our energies? xx -B