Totally clueless when it comes to taking care of houseplants? Not to worry, you're not alone. If you're like us and didn't get blessed with a green thumb, seemingly killing everything you touch, there's still hope that you can have living, growing greenery in your home. After all, how hard can it be, right? Plants help wake up your decor and add a fresh, verdant touch to any space in your home. And bonus: These eight houseplants are practically unkillable. So you can enjoy their lush beauty without having to worry about replacing them with new ones every month — or feel ashamed by the withering brown "thing" decorating your bookshelf.
The air plant is not only trendy, but also incredibly easy to care for. It doesn't need soil to grow, which is why it can thrive in cool glass terrariums filled with pebbles or even hanging wire orbs. Since direct sunlight is not its friend, it is the perfect indoor plant for your home office, living room, or bathroom — pretty much anywhere with a small window so just enough indirect sunlight filters in. As instructed by Air Plant City, the only thing this little gem needs from you is to mist it with water every few days to keep it looking perky.
The ZZ plant is the perfect option for a new houseplant parent. This upright beauty is virtually unkillable and can survive in shady corners or bright rooms with plenty of indirect sunlight. Gardening Know How says this plant requires very little maintenance and only needs to be watered when the soil is completely dry — once a month during warmer months and once every eight weeks during the winter. The last step: Fertilize your ZZ plant once every spring, and it will be happy as a clam.
According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the aloe vera plant is one of the hardiest succulents around. And bonus: It's great to have on hand for burns. While it does need a lot of bright, indirect sunlight, it only needs to be watered once every three weeks — once the soil has thoroughly dried out. Just make sure it's planted to allow for proper drainage (with a layer of pebbles topped by potting soil in a pot with multiple drainage holes), as this is the most common reason this desert succulent dies.
The spider plant is the ideal, low-maintenance indoor houseplant since it thrives in moderate sunlight and is incredibly forgiving. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, you must keep its soil moist — especially in the spring and summer months when it's growing. Plus, when it's healthy, it produces off-shoots called "pups" that can be replanted. While that might sound impossible for someone with a thumb as black as yours, this process happens naturally, so your chances for new sprouts are actually pretty good!
Cast Iron Plant
As the words "cast iron" suggest, this plant is tough and nearly indestructible making it an ideal choice for someone without any houseplant experience. It thrives in any amount of light — direct sunlight or full shade — so you can stick it anywhere in your home without worrying. Keep its soil moist and make sure it's well-drained, but don't fret about it too much. It's been known to withstand droughts and grow in wet soil (again, it's pretty forgiving.) Gardening Know How says that while this low-maintenance plant is incredibly slow-growing, it will live for many years.
The heartleaf philodendron plant is a traditional choice — and for good reason. It's super easy to read, so you'll always know what your plant needs. According to Gardening Know How, this plant thrives in bright, indirect sunlight, and if you notice your philodendron's leaves getting yellow, that's a sign it's getting too much light. It needs to be watered about once a week — when the top inch of soil is dry — and if its leaves start to droop it's a sign you're watering it too much or not enough. What's more, it's easily adaptable and can be moved indoors and out without much stress to your baby plant.
The Rubber Plant
If you want more of a tree-like look, a rubber plant is your best bet. The easiest tree for beginners to maintain, this handsome plant grows well in bright, indirect light and doesn't require very much maintenance. House Plants Expert suggests that during the summer it needs to be kept moist by misting or wiping the leaves down with a damp cloth. But otherwise, it only needs to be watered once or twice a month. Rubber plants grow quickly, so be sure to plant yours in an oversize pot to avoid having to replant it. Or, if you prefer to keep it small, you can restrict its growth by opting for a smaller pot. And don't forget to fertilize every two weeks during late spring to early fall.
The snake plant gets its name from the shape of its leaves. But the good news is, it won't bite you if you neglect it for weeks at a time. This plant is incredibly hardy and low-maintenance, making it the ideal choice for plant newbies. Gardening Know How says this handsome plant prefers low, indirect light but is very forgiving and its soil needs to dry out between waterings, so it's really no biggie if you forget. Plus, its leaves can grow over a foot tall which will add some texture and vibrancy to your pad.
Maryn Liles, a former NYC magazine editor now living in sweet home Alabama, is obsessed with all things home decor. She believes people's spaces should reflect their personalities — which is why you can find lots of hand-painted furniture, sentimental wall art and playful decor accents around her place.