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Top 10 unkillable houseplants

One of the biggest worries many people have before they buy an indoor plant is, am I going to kill it!? Past experiences growing plants at home or just fear from lack of experience and knowledge can put people off beginning or expanding their houseplant collection. But fear not, we understand your worries and have collated a list of unkillable houseplants that are reliable whilst still packing a punch when it comes to looks. 

These hardy plants are perfect for plant care novices or those with little time but still want to reap the health benefits of houseplants. Absolutely anyone can keep them alive no matter what your experience level is. Whether you’re a little forgetful with the watering can or you live in a low lighted area, these plants will be perfect for you. 

What are the best unkillable houseplants?

Determining the best unkillable houseplants depends entirely on your lifestyle and the conditions of your living space. Generally speaking, choosing a plant with a certain set of characteristics is a good starting point. Make sure your chosen plant: 

  • Thrives in low or indirect sunlight
  • Survives in household humidity 
  • Grows well in general potting soil 
  • Can live without daily watering 
  • Isn’t too needy and will endure periods of neglect

Sticking to plants with these characteristics will ensure you have a plant-filled home in no time. With that in mind, have a read through our list of unkillable houseplants below and get ready to turn your black thumb green.

Our Top 10 Unkillable House Plants

cast iron plant aspidistra elatior

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)

Cast iron by name, cast iron by nature – this plant is number one for a reason. Aspidistra add lush, green foliage to any space and can withstand almost any environment you throw at it. Water once per month a keep their leaves free of dust for an easy care approach to growing houseplants.

Snake Plant

Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, the snake plant is a hardy, leathery plant which requires little attention. If you’re always forgetful of watering your plants, this is a great choice for you. Available from only £7.50!

kentia palm howea forsteriana

Kentia Palm (Howea Forsteriana)

A beautiful palm discovered on a small island off the coast of Australia. This shade loving palm adds exuberance, style and class in every home it resides. Kentia Palms require little care and attention making it one of the best unkillable indoor plants.

Mass Cane

Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans)

A stubborn, resilient plant which can go for extended periods without watering. Able to cope with varying temperatures and relatively low light conditions, the Corn Plant makes it on our list at number 6 as a great choice in the search for an unkillable houseplant.

devils ivy golden pothos epipremnum aureum

Devil's Ivy (Golden Pothos)

Earning its name due it’s ferocious growing capabilities and bounce-back-ability. Devil’s Ivy can be a great option for those who don’t have the greatest memory for consistently watering a plant as it will withstand a few weeks without a top up. It can also be propagated easily using cuttings from each node.

Chlorophytum Comosum

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

An easy plant to grow at home is the spider plant. Named for the spider babies it sprouts which hang loosely outside the pot, often called spiderettes. Don’t overwater your spider plant. Find a brightly lit spot out of direct sunlight and this unkillable houseplant will keep breathing life into your home all year round.

dragon tree plant dracaena marginata

Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)

The Dragon Tree is a fantastic hardy plant which can prove to be almost unkillable. It can survive in a shady or bright spot and makes a wonderful exotic addition to most rooms. Don’t go too heavy on the watering for this exotic plant to avoid root-rot.

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Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)

The rubber plant can grow upto heights over 100 feet in their natural environment but they also do exceptionally well indoors in a pot making them an excellent easy care houseplant. Make sure you allow the soil to dry between watering with this species.

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Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

Making an elegant addition to most rooms, with it’s hooded white flowers, peace lilies are great for the grower who’s heavy handed when it comes to watering. They make a great gift for that special someone who’s always prone to over-watering their house plants. Available from only £7.50!

chinese evergreen

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

Another indoor plant that is great for excessive watering is the Aglaonema. It will gulp up all the water you can throw at it (within reason) making it another great unkillable houseplant.

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4 thoughts on “Top 10 unkillable houseplants

    I would like to see various house plants please.

      Hi Judith,

      You can see many of the different house plants we have on offer here.

      Many Thanks,

    Looking for a green plant for a lady in a care home, the room is hot and only one small window, so not much light.
    Something I could water when I visit once a week.

      Hi Lorraine,

      Thanks for your message. We would recommend something like an aspidistra (cast iron plant) or a mother-in-law’s tongue /snake plant. They will need watering less than once a week as well – consider biweekly to monthly.

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