9 Beautiful Houseplants That Thrive With Minimal Care

These plants are so hardy, they'll survive even your brown thumb.



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If a home full of green plants is your dream but you avoid buying them because you believe you have a brown thumb, it only means that you haven't found the right plant for you, yet.

If you choose the right house plants, ones that fit your space and lifestyle, then you'll find that they will not only stay alive but that they may thrive too. So, turn that thumb green with one of these super sturdy houseplants.

1. Cast Iron Plant

This really lives up to its name. The Cast Iron plant is almost indestructible. It can survive in poor light, extreme temperatures, and it does not need regular watering. This is not an exciting or beautiful plant, but it is reliable, durable and almost guaranteed to survive anywhere.

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2. ZZ (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)

This plant is so hardy that it has been called the cockroach of the plant world. It is immune to most pests and disease and just like the energizer bunny, it just keeps on going. The ZZ is great for low light urban dwellers because it loves the shade.

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3. Ponytail Palm

The Ponytail palm is one of the lowest maintenance plants on the list. It naturally grows in arid conditions, so it can survive even if you forget to water it. The ponytail palm is very slow growing, so it can stay in its original pot for a long time.it is perfect for people who do have a lot of space for plants.

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4. Pothos

This very hardy plant can survive in low light and artificial light as well as cold temperatures, so this is a great plant for apartment dwellers. When your plant starts to outgrow its pot, all you need to do is trim it back. There are many varieties, the most well-known one is the Golden Pot because of its golden heart-shaped leaves.

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5. Air Plant (Tillandsia)

These amazing plants do not need any soil. Water every two weeks or so by soaking in room temperature water for just a few moments. It really is that easy. You can display them in fun glass containers or just about anywhere.

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6. Schefflera

This super easy to care for plant will last a long time. Just make sure that you dust the leaves occasionally. Not only is this plant pretty it also is very functional because it soaks up toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene.

7. Almost Any Cactus

Cacti are incredibly hard to kill, unless you over water them. Most varieties of Cacti need to be watered less than once a month and it is better to water it from the bottom. Cacti need good soil for adequate drainage but they grow so slowly that they rarely need to be repotted. There are many varieties to choose from or you can use a few and make an indoor cacti garden.

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8. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Don't be put off by the name, the spider plant got its name by the long shoots of spider-like babies the plant puts out. This South African native prefers bright light but will tolerate lower levels. Spider plants can also be grown outside in milder climates.

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9. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

flowering houseplants require extra care for them to bloom but this is not the case for the ever-dependable Peace Lily. This plant does best with bright indirect light and it does need to be kept moist. Buy this plant after you have kept a few of the easier ones alive.

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If you are a horticulture beginner or do not have a great history with plants, try starting with one or two of the hardiest plants. They will brighten home or office and help clean your air.