Houseplants are great– until they die. Whether it’s due to temperature differences, pets deciding to nibble on their leaves, or just your own forgetfulness about when to water them and how much, there are plenty of ways for plants to die, most of them slowly. If you love plants in your home, but don’t have a green thumb, don’t fret: Here are seven very hardy, very hard-to-kill houseplants that look great, clean the air, and stay green.
1. Spider Plants
Spider plants are the gift that keep on giving– literally, because they produce flowers that grow into their own “spiderettes,” or little baby spider plants. That means that even if the main plant dies, the spiderettes can replace it. Fortunately, the plant itself is also difficult to kill, and does well in indirect sunlight. They’re very easy to grow, and they help to clean your air while they do.
For an added bonus, they look great hanging “over” their pots, so even when they begin to outgrow their setting, they can still provide your space with a lush, nearly tropical look.
2. Ficus Trees
Although a tree in name, Ficuses tend to grow ore like a plant indoors, and can grow quite tall if given the room. A ficus can grow up to ten feet, which makes it a nice plant for the corner of a tall space. They grow in indirect light, and can survive indoors fairly well at nearly any temperature you’re comfortable with. You can even plant them outside if you’ve found they’re too big for the home.
Aesthetically, bamboo is a very nice addition to many rooms in the home. The bamboo palm in particular makes a good decoration for the house, and like the ficus, can grow tall. In some cases, a bamboo palm will grow up to 12 feet. Unlike the Ficus, bamboo does need direct sunlight, and plenty of it.
4. Aloe Vera
A beautiful house plant, and very easy to care for. Aloe is loved for its ability to produce a liquid in its leaves that can help to revitalize skin, clean wounds, and reduce inflammations. Aside from its curative properties, aloe has a very nice, cactii-like appearance, complete with spines, which means that you should probably be careful with it in homes that have animals or children. The plant itself is nontoxic.
With the right watering, and sunlight, succulents can last for a long, long time. Their place on this list usually comes in the form of small pots that are easy to care for, but they can also be placed in terrariums or lizard tanks. Succulents are very hardy, and they dry out very slowly. They’re desert survivors, and they can provide a nice, earthy level of color to just about any space of the home. “Hen and chicks” succulent plants are a good example of this variety.
A hard working air cleaner, dracaenas are also very easy to care for, and very hard to kill. They grow tall, and have leaves that come with dramatic, eye catching striping in green, red, or purple. They prefer indirect sunlight for their growth.
7. Christmas Cactus
A plant so hardy, it might outlive you. Christmas Cacti can actually last for generations. They get their name from their blooming cycle, which tends to happen around December. When they do bloom, they produce gorgeous red flowers that look amazing in any part of the home. If you’re looking for a plant that’s got a long lifespan, this is it.