Here are nine indoor plants that are hard to kill that and require little care. All of these plants will grow perfectly in indirect light and require the same temperature as most indoors are, which is 55 degrees Fahrenheit to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Naturally, with all plants, there is the likelihood of pests such as whiteflies, spider mites, scale or aphids attacking your plants. The plants on this list, however, hardly ever suffer from these pest infestations, and you would most likely never have to deal with the pest. The only problem may be due to overwatering. These plans can go long periods without water.
9 Indoor Plants That Are Hard To Kill
African Violet (Saintpaulia)
(USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 11 – 12): The African violet I one of the more popular houseplants. This is because they are easy to care for and flower all year long as far as you keep them indoors. The plant comes in many different colors and varieties. The African violet flowers come in purple, violet, pink and blue. Miniature (dwarf) varieties of this plant exist.
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
(USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8 – 11): The aloe is one of the most popular plants in the world. It is also one of the most beneficial. The gel found in the Aloe vera plant is used in the production of many skincare products. This plant can also be of importance around the home and office, not only for decoration but also as an air purifier. The varieties usually found in planter and pots indoors are usually 1 to 2 feet in height. In all this succulent plant needs sparse watering and warm temperatures. As far as you place your aloe vera plant in a warm sunny spot, you have nothing to worry about.
Bird-nest plant or Snake plant or Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria)
(USDA Plant Hardiness Zone are 10 +): The Mother-in-law’s tongue plant also goes by the name of snake plant because of its foliage. The leaves of this plant look long and point. The Mother-in-law’s tongue is easy to care for and lives long. The plant also prefers sparse watering and grows nicely in low lights. The Mother-in-law’s tongue plant can survive on just a single watering during the winter. The dwarf variety of the Mother-in-law’s tongue is the Bird’s Nest (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’,)
Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera or Zygocactus)
(USDA Plant Hardiness Zone are 9 – 11): This plant is a member of the cactus family and as such is related to the cactus you are likely to see in the desert. As you can tell by association, the Christmas cactus is a plant that is great at surviving this plant is capable of growing in low light and little watering. When the Christmas cactus blooms, it is a beautiful sight. The Christmas cactus blooms in December. Getting the Christmas cactus to bloom is an easy task. You can decide to grow it in cool temperatures 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 55 degrees Fahrenheit starting from November. Furthermore, you can subject the plant to 12 hours of darkness and 12 hours of light starting from mid-October.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra relation)
(USDA Plant Hardiness Zone are 7 – 9): The cast iron plant is one that is as strong as cast iron, in terms of survival. It can grow even in the deepest of shades in the jungle. In all this plant loves low light, and grows in a clump. The foliage of this plant consists of pointed sword-like leaves that are about 4 inches wide and 2 feet long. The foliage can also be variegated with white stripes.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum homo sum)
(USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9 – 11): The spider plant can go weeks without care, although they may end up looking messy. This plant has an airy look and grows best in hanging baskets. You will need to repot this plant every few years since the roots seem to grow extensively over time. In addition, you will usually find little spider plants taking root around the parent spider plant. You can decide to repot these in separate containers.
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanders), Dragon tree (Dracaena marginal) and other dracaena plants
(USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 10 – 11): The dracaena plant is the quintessential indoor plant. This plant requires little care to grow beautifully. As such, so many gardeners cultivate them. It is also likely to find this plan in an office space. The dracaena plant comes in so many different shapes and sizes. While the lucky bamboo resembles a bamboo (although it is not a bamboo), the dragon tree looks like a small palm tree. Both the dragon tree and the lucky bamboo are easy to train, as such, they can be trained to bend and even spiral. The dracaena prefers to grow in bright light although it can also grow in low light. They can also withstand long periods without watering, although their appearance will wilt. The lucky bamboo can be grown directly in water.
Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia)
(USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 11): The dumb cane plant will grow well in low lights and requires little watering to grow well. This plant will grow nicely indoors. Overwatering of this plant will likely be your main concern. Although dumb canes are indoor plants that are hard to kill, they do not like their potting mix soggy. Only water this plant when the soil is dry. They can go all winter on two watering, as they retain more water during that time. The dumb cane is toxic, so remember to wear a glove if you plan on touching it. Also, keep the plant inaccessible to children and pets.
More indoor plants that are hard to kill:
- Jade plant
- Parlor palm (Chamaedorea Elegans)
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
- Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
- Prayer plant (Maranta)
- Rubber plant or Rubber tree (Ficus elastica)