No Green Thumb? These 8 Plants That Are Virtually Impossible to Kill

Plants make everything better. They take carbon dioxide emissions from the air and transform them into oxygen that is vital for both humans and wildlife. But even better, they purify the air of toxins like formaldehyde, which can be lurking inside your home.   

Don’t have a green thumb? Not to worry. There are many plants that look great in the home and are hard to kill. Your best bet: drought-resistant plants, like succulents, which thrive in desert conditions by storing water in their leaves. All they need to live is some sunlight and very minimal watering. In fact, the only way to kill these types of plants is by over-watering them or failing to set up a proper drainage system. Most of the plants on this list can go several weeks without being watered, making them virtually indestructible.

Aloe vera

This interesting-looking succulent variety produces a gel that’s good for cuts or burns, so it’s more than just a pretty face. As with most succulents, this plant does well with indirect sunlight and only needs water every few weeks. As a rule of thumb, let the soil dry completely in between waterings.  

Snake plant

Also known as “Mother-in-law’s Tongue” because its leaves looks sharp and pointed, this plant is drought-resistant, meaning it does well with very little watering and doesn’t need much sunlight to thrive. Indirect sunlight or even artificial light is just fine with this plant. Because the snake plant grows in small clusters of leaves, it’s best kept in a well-fitting planter. If there’s too much room in the planter the leaves will droop sideways, rather than pointing straight to the ceiling.

Dragon tree

The fast-growing dragon tree does well in low light and can be watered every week or two. While it’s a great houseplant, it can be toxic to cats and dogs, so best to stay away if you’re a pet owner.

Bromeliad

This relative to the pineapple does well indoors because it likes warmer temperatures. More frequent water is required to achieve the highly desirable, brightly colored leaves, but it can live off a good weekly soak. When it’s thriving it will have “pups” that grow on the sides of the parent plant.   

English ivy

This plant does so well with little attention that it can actually be considered invasive if left to grow outside on its own. It makes for a great houseplant if it’s contained in a planter with well-draining soil. It can tolerate bright light and grows rapidly, so try placing it in a hanging planter by a window and watch it grow.

Philodendron

The philodendron is another fast-growing plant whose tendrils look great cascading out of a hanging planter. This one does well in low light, making it perfect for an apartment that may not get much sun. It can rot if it’s watered too frequently, so try not to water it more than once a week.  

Spider plant

With weekly or biweekly waterings and a little indirect sunlight, the Spider Plant is a black thumb’s dream come true. (It also makes a great first houseplant for newbies.) This plant pups very frequently, so little effort is needed for a fruitful bounty.

Bamboo

The bamboo plant does well in warm climates with lots of light. Like the ivy plant, it can be an invasive plant if grown outdoors, but inside makes for a stylish houseplant.

Air plant

This is the easiest plant on the list to care for, because it doesn’t even need soil to live. You’ll see this popular plant on design websites, decorated in cool glass jars. This plant does well with a weekly soak and little else.

Lisa Bensley is the founder of BeautyByBenz, a health and beauty blog that is really just an excuse to buy too much makeup. When she is not writing, she's probably boxing, obsessing over her Dachshund, Stanley, reading, or binge-watching Law & Order: SVU. Follow her (and Stanley's) antics on Instagram.