It’s amazing how much a little bit of greenery can brighten up a house or apartment. But if you happen to be the type of person who is capable of killing even a fake plant, you most likely won’t be jumping at the opportunity of nursing a plant that’s high maintenance.
Everyone knows someone who has a green thumb, who seems to be able to get their plants to grow beautifully just by being around, by talking to them or even playing some music. If you’d like to try your hand at cultivating a green thumb of your own, here’s a list of the 7 best indoor plants that won’t die on you.
If you kill these, you should probably quit while you’re ahead.
1. The Money Tree Bonsai
Also known as the Pachira plant, the money tree bonsai is a traditional symbol of good fortune and good luck. Legends say that an industrious farmer prospered after learning to braid the young trunks of this thriving green plant. And we can see why. Its unusual trunk gives this ornamental mini tree its unique appeal. Typically, each stem features five to seven leaves, but it is deemed good luck to discover a stem bearing seven. Think of it like finding a four-leaf clover.
This easy to care for bonsai is the perfect choice for any novice who also is in search of a little extra luck and prosperity.
This shrub is capable of surviving in extreme low light levels. It has beautiful, leathery leaves with eye-catching colorful markings of gold, pink, and orange tones. Simply wash the leaves occasionally to maintain their shine and keep it looking pristine. The only downfall is that this plant is poisonous. So, you’ll want to ensure that your children and pets steer clear of ingesting its leaves.
If you’re looking for a plant with heart-shaped leaves that adapts well to low-light areas, maybe it’s time you pick up a philodendron. This tough plant is often grown with its stems hanging over the edge of bookshelves or in little alcoves to give any space some uplifting. You can even snip a leaf and stem off and place it in a glass of water and it will flourish.
4. Spider Plant
We remember seeing these plants scattered all over our grandmother’s house when we were little kids. Spider plants have been grown for years and are just as popular today. Aside from just illiciting some nostalgia, these plants also readily root in water or potting soil to start new plants.
5. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreens are among the easiest indoor plants to grow and care for. They can tolerate a wide range of light and conditions, and only need moderate watering, so they will generally last for years. And the best part? They are extra tough and can also act as an indoor air purifier.
6. Grape Ivy
If you’re interested in hanging some tidy-looking baskets around your house, the grape ivy is the perfect addition to any room. Although it’s a vine, this plant has more of a mounding habit.
7. Lucky Bamboo
Feng shui, anyone? Not only are lucky bamboo plants one of the most popular ways to balance the energies in your home, it is also used to attract happiness, health, love and abundance. Fortunately for you, it doesn’t take too much luck to grow one of these beautiful marvels of nature. We’ve seen these plants grow in the most awful conditions (bad lighting and poor air quality) and with the most forgetful of owners.
If you want to ensure this plant is getting the love it deserves, keep water fresh by changing it every week, and always keep water levels at approximately an inch from the base of the canes.