Top 10 Indestructible Houseplants

This list should appeal to people who like the idea of having an attractive houseplant in their home, but either do not have the time or inclination to give it the care and attention that it needs. The ten plants described below are low-maintenance and so can cope with being ignored for most of the time. I came across this list of hard-to-kill houseplants on the Birds and Blooms website.

Some of us may not have the greenest of thumbs, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying all the benefits of houseplants. Not only are there plenty of low-maintenance houseplants to grow, houseplants add living beauty to your space and help purify the air, giving you a boost in both body and spirit. These ten hard-to-kill houseplants will flourish under the care of even the most forgetful gardeners.

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1. Philodendron

Add a subtle touch of burgundy or golden yellow to your living space with the wide, waxy leaves of philodendron. Try the varieties McColley’s Finale or Prince of Orange for colorful philodendron that are low-fuss. This houseplant can grow quickly, though, so keep it well groomed by trimming it back, staking upright types or winding the foliage around itself.

Why we love it: There are two types of philodendron: vining and non-climbing, so it’s a cinch to pick the type that best suits your space. It also accents other plants wonderfully.

 

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2. Geranium

A reliable and eager bloomer, even in winter, geraniums come in every shade of the rainbow, and then some. If you want to add more than just color to your living space, explore the world of scented-leaf geraniums, which come in fragrances like pine, peppermint, and nutmeg.

Why we love it: Geraniums are best left to their own devices. Water thoroughly, but only as needed, then sit back and enjoy the show.

 

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3. Hens and chicks

Whether it’s a single blooming sempervivum or a whole container of these rosette-shaped succulents, they make for an impressive presentation. These tough little guys need bright light to survive, and just one of these plants will easily propagate many more. This succulent’s only weakness is mealybugs, which can spread to other plants in your home if you’re not careful.

Why we love it: No matter where or how you plant it, hens and chicks will always look orderly and snug in their containers.

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