If you’ve read Kimberly’s lovely post on how to decorate with houseplants, you might be tempted to run to the nearest nursery/florist/diy store and stock up on greens for your home. If, however, you’ve read the post and find yourself, like me, in the bracket of serial plant killer, then the prospect of spending money on some beautiful leaves only to see them slowly losing their life might not be one you relish. But don’t let that put you off. Plants are good for your home and yourself, they have the capacity to cleanse the air and fresh greens lift the spirits. All you need to do is choose plants which are strong enough to withstand even the worst neglect and unintended abuse you might inflict on them. So, I thought it might be a good idea to have a list of houseplants which are pretty much guaranteed to survive whatever you throw at them without having to resort to plastic ones. I hope you’ll find it helpful.
The top spot is a shared one and goes to Aloe in particular and other succulents in general. Both are super-easy to keep and very forgiving. After all, the Aloe is by nature used to fairly harsh and dry conditions. Succulents are usually found in rocky places where they grow without the help of fertile soil. That tells me that even a neglected flower pot will be just about ok for one of those.
The Dracaena seems to be one of those plants that simply put up with anything. Lack of sunlight, lack of water, it’s one of the hardiest plants and possibly one of the most difficult ones to kill off.
Hedera Ivy is great if you want some low level “fillers” to put between all your larger plants.
Jade is a plant that is not only hardy, but also easy to propagate. They can start from absolutely tiny and grow to something like a large “rubbery” bush. As they do like a warm environment, they are perfect to be kept inside all year round.
The Snake plant (also known as Mother in Law’s Tongue) comes in various sizes and colourings. Its look makes it a great choice for modern and/or retro style homes. Don’t overwater this one, it doesn’t like a soggy bottom.
The ZZ Plant can go for a long time without being as much as looked at. If, however, you do decide to give it some attention, then you might find some small flowers not unlike the ones on the next plant, the Peace Lily. Again, this one doesn’t like too much water and the bulbs might start to rot if left too wet.
This certainly is the prettiest of the “unkillables”. As I am somebody who has managed to kill countless orchids, this one is a great and far less precious plant if you’re after some beautiful white flowers.
If it’s size you’re after, then you can’t go wrong with a Fiddle Leaf Fig. It does need somewhat more water than most of the other ones, but the beautifully big leaves make up for this bit of extra effort.
The Golden Pothos is not only hardy, but it does reward you with really good growth. I actually know this from personal experience as I bought one of these a few years back and it’s still growing with no signs of stopping. Moreover, this one also acts as an air purifier. What’s not to like?