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10 House Plants You Can’t Kill


No house plant is indestructible. However, there are a feisty few that can’t be beat for their tolerance of light, water, and humidity. If you want easy success with house plants, I recommend these power players:


Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens)
One of my favorites. Also known as the Sweetheart Plant, this is the most popular of the philodendrons because this one stays small and it is so easygoing. It’s drought-tolerant. I don’t recommend letting it go too long without a drink, but it will recover nicely.

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
Put this one in a bright location and it will reward you with carefree beauty. The Dragon Tree doesn’t like its feet wet, so I recommend good drainage.

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
Jade Plant gets more beautiful with age. Tolerates room temperatures year-round. A succulent foliage plant, it’s happy with indirect sun and little water.


Cactus (Cactaceae family)
You knew this one would make the list, didn’t you? Because of its ability to store water and nutrients, a cactus seldom needs watering. Loves to bask in the sun. Tip: Cacti look great together in a sunny window.

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Often mistaken for a palm (it looks like one, hence the name), this plant is actually a succulent more closely related to the yucca. Its swollen base stores water, so occasional lack of water will do no harm. It is slow-growing so buy one already the size you want.

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
If all else fails, grow Sansevieria. It thrives in full sun or partial shade. Prefers dry air and soil. Rarely needs repotting. Ideal for beginners, but seasoned gardeners also love this accent plant’s dramatic, sword-shaped leaves.

Pothos or Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
This vigorous plant is well known for its long, trailing stems that can grow to 8 feet or more. Cut them back a couple times a year to keep the plant bushy and full. Pothos is forgiving if you forget to water it once in a while, but it doesn’t like waterlogged soil.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
ZZ Plant makes a great room accent and practically thrives on neglect. This easy-going house plant is forgiving if you forget to water, tolerates low light, and rarely needs fertilized. I highly recommend adding it to your collection.

Spider Plant or Airplane Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
An impressive plant for beginners. The stems produce little white flowers, then are soon weighted down with plantlets. Prefers bright, indirect light. A dependable plant.

Wandering Jew (Zebrina pendula)
Beautiful and low maintenance. Glistening purple and green leaves make this one a stunner. Fast-growing stems can reach 3 feet, so pinch often to keep it from getting leggy. Likes moist soil.



16 responses

  1. i’m going to say right now i am not a house plant expert, i have spider plants, wandering jews and bamboo indoors. am outdoors person

    June 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm

  2. Now I know how my mom managed to grow such beautiful houseplants! She grew the no-brainers. I am generally horrible with house plants, but can’t kill an outside plant even if I want to. πŸ™‚

    June 28, 2013 at 12:56 am

    • i am same way, terrible with houseplants. i stick with the easy ones also πŸ™‚

      June 28, 2013 at 1:44 am

  3. Thanks 4 the tip…Helped me to make my mind.

    Love a small corner of Cactus in the garden tho I will pass this for now, I did not make one because of my boy jack the russel dog. πŸ˜€ Thinking of some hardy indoor plant on a nice emailed pot . I don’t mind Ponytail Palm…That will do me for my empty small corner space in dining room, specially, it is next to my large open doors to the eastern side porch πŸ˜‰

    June 28, 2013 at 2:01 am

    • most welcome πŸ™‚ i love my bamboo so easy and tolerates low light thrives in my bathroom. not sure why it isn’t on this list, easy peasy. love the cactus in the photo but mine never bloomed when i had them 😦

      June 28, 2013 at 2:03 am

      • Same Cactus take every few years or more to flower…Some few species flower once every 50 years ??

        June 28, 2013 at 2:05 am

      • well that explains it πŸ™‚ xo

        June 28, 2013 at 2:08 am

      • Talking of bamboo πŸ˜€ …On my other house I had before, just 50 km away from here, I had a border line fence of bamboo runners I dug out of an old deserted place in the country site πŸ˜€ …Not even poison will kill the bamboo, I spayed the lot, and still comeback to shoot

        June 28, 2013 at 2:14 am

      • lol, that explains why it does so wonderfully for me indoors

        June 28, 2013 at 2:17 am

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  5. Respectfully: The first plant is a Golden Pothos and not a Heartleaf Philodendron which have glossy, dark green heart shaped leaves and slender stems.

    August 26, 2015 at 3:48 pm

  6. Anon e mouse

    What is the very last plant image? No info. I have acquired 2 of them and I’m trying to find out what it is and there is no info for any image I have found. Thanks

    December 9, 2015 at 1:14 am

  7. Dale

    Whats the name of that last plant

    January 3, 2016 at 12:47 am

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