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.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)
Cast iron by name, cast iron by nature – this plant is number one for a reason. This hardy Japanese perennial adds beautiful green foliage to any space and can withstand almost any environment you throw at it. You’ll know you’ve got rid of your dreaded black thumb if your cast iron ever shows signs of purple flowers growing from the base.
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, the snake plant is a great place to start.
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 even be grown and propagated easily just from cuttings.
Mass Cane (Dracaena Fragrans)
A stubborn, resilient plant which can go for periods without watering. Not only is the Mass Cane plant a hardy, almost unkillable houseplant, but it makes a beautiful feature in any room. Able to cope with varying temperatures and relatively low light conditions, the Mass Cane makes it on our list at number 6 as a great choice in the search for an unkillable houseplant.
Cactus & Succullents
Cacti & succulents are adapted to store water in their leaves to survive harsh dry conditions. The perfect choice for the person who may only remember to water their plants every other month or for those looking for small indoor plants. Just keep your cacti in a bright, sunny spot and they’ll be sure to thrive.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
An easy plant to grow at home that requires little attention is the spider plant. Named for the spider babies it sprouts which hang loosely outside the pot, often called spiderettes. As with most indoor house plants, the best way to avoid killing it is to make sure you don’t overwater it and keep out of direct sunlight. 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 (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.
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 hard house plant. Make sure you allow the soil to dry between watering with this species.
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.
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.