I have always wanted a house filled with plants. I try and I try, and yet I’ve killed more plants than I care to admit. But, I’m proud to say I’ve been the proud mother to a series of plants that have actually lived longer than a year. Without a green thumb I simply followed the advice of others to try my hand at “unkillable” plants. Ready to test your own luck and learn how to keep a plant alive? Here is some greenery that will forgive you if you forget to water it, even if it is for weeks!
These thick and fleshy plants are drought-resistant, which means they don’t require much water from you to stay alive. In fact, they thrive on dry environments. Holding water inside of its leaves and roots, you’ll have a hard time killing these curious-looking plants. From small, rounded leaves to long and pointed stems, there are a number of succulent options to fill your home.
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, as long as this long-leaved plant gets some daylight sun (translation: put it next to a window) this plant is also drought-tolerant and can withstand your forgetful watering. The plant can grow from 6 inches to as tall as several feet. This may mean you need to repot it in a larger pot if it continues to do well, which it should do, despite your attempts.
Although this is a tropical plant that may lead you to believe you have to water it constantly, this plant, also called a golden pothos, is pretty hardy. It doesn’t need humidity to survive, or even direct sunlight. As long as the plant doesn’t get too cold (keep away from the windows during winter), it will keep growing for you.
So easy to grow the spider plant grows offshoots that will root if you cut them and stick them in water. Growing so quickly, you could have an entire house filled with the spider plant hanging plant if you are not careful! A tropical plant by origin, give it direct light by a window and it can grow up to 16 inches.
Also called Cathedral Windows for its detailed and full leaves, this Brazilian plant is an easier plant for homes. A tropical plant, this one does want its humidity, but you don’t need to water it constantly. Instead, use a pebble tray underneath it to keep its humidity going and you’ll watch this plant grow lushly.
It may like warm climates but the hardy wandering vine known as English ivy is often used as ground cover in the outdoors. Indoors, it needs to be watered only once a week and is a popular houseplant that can grow up to eight inches in height.
Lissa Poirot is an award-winning lifestyle writer who covers health, wellness and travel. Her work has appeared on websites such as WebMD, FamilyVacationCritic and the New York Times, as well as print in magazines including Vegetarian Times and Arthritis Today.