Top 10 Hard-To-Kill Houseplants

Top 10 Hard-To-Kill Houseplants

When I first started in my plant journey, I never realized how much adding plants would add life to your house (literally!). Plants purify your air and just make your house feel alive. Here are the top 10 houseplants that I started with to consider for your next purchase.

Golden Pothos
Golden pothos is a member of the philodendron family, its vines can reach up to 10 feet long! Once it gets a little too leggy though, it’s recommended to give it a hair cut every now and then. (Note, these are toxic to pets!)

Snake Plant
The snake plant (Sansevieria) is a succulent with thick, waxy leaves. It thrives on being ignored - for real - you read that right. Just try to turn it every few weeks so it gets adequate light.

Maranta
This is a fairly picky houseplant IMO but they make for some good-looking foliage. It’s nicknamed the prayer plant because the leaves tend to fold together at night, like a pair of praying hands. Mine prefers indirect light, high humidity and relatively damp soil.

Calathea Rattlesnake
This houseplant sports some killer-looking leaves, it has amazing color and super cool shaped leaves. By the way, these guys like filtered water the best, none of that Pittsburgh city water.

English Ivy
Don’t expect much from them for at least a year. These guys grow slow, but believe me after a year or two you’ll be snipping them back in no time. They’re best in a high spot so they can dangle! (Photo from Apartment Therapy)

Cactus
Oh cacti, these little dudes need a lot of direct light so make sure they’re on the windowsill or some place that they get the sun they deserve. Water sparingly.

Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is best known for its big juicy leaves that help heal burns but they also make for some unique houseplants. Allow the soil to dry completely in between waterings, it prefers less than more.

Spider Plant
The spider plant is an extremely easy-to-grow plant that also produces small "pups”, literally all the time (aka free plants)! Each of these babies can be rooted in potting soil and/or water.

String of Pearls
This cute little succulent is so damn photo-worthy with its trailing pearls! Be sure not to overwater though, it is a succulent after all. (Photo from Gardenista)

ZZ Plant
Brown-thumbers unite! The ZZ plant is fairly indestructible (up there with the snake plant), it’s is a super low maintenance plant that prefers moderate indirect light. If you need to add some greenery to your bathroom, this one is a solid choice. (Photo from The Sill)

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