I know what you’re thinking… challenge accepted.
Maybe they aren’t un-kill-able, but these plants are really hardy and are best for those of us who weren’t born with two green thumbs.
The Spider Plant is one of my all-time favorites. It has a fantastic personality for a house plant named after an icky insect. Spider plants are notoriously easy to care for. They love being root-bound, which means you never have to put them in a bigger pot. I water mine once a week for best results and skip a week if the dirt is still wet. Err on the side of dry instead of wet for all of these plants and you should be fine.
Spider plants enjoy bright indirect light and cooler temperatures. I’ve been told they enjoy cooler temperatures, around 65 degrees, but I keep mine in the bathroom and it’s never complained when I turn the space heater on. Just try to avoid areas that have constant heat, like the top of a refrigerator or in a too-sunny window. Because of their long trailing leaves and spiderettes that shoot off, they are perfect as an indoor hanging plant.
My Golden Porthos was my first houseplant that I didn’t kill. It was given to me by my mom for a wedding gift. She had propagated the plant from one she had received at my baby shower, over 20 years ago. Needless to say, my mother has a much greener thumb than I, and it’s an admirable thing to keep a plant alive indoors for that long!
The Golden Porthos goes by many names… I’m still unsure which is right, but I call it this. Here’s a Wikipedia article if you want to read it, decipher the botany, and let me know if I’m wrong.
They tolerate full sun to partial shade and grow very quickly when they are happy. Water lightly once a week for best results. Take care not to drown them; a pot with drainage is a must. Prune your porthos or it will create ivy-like trailers that you can drape or stake up into a climber. This can also be a very good hanging plant.
Here’s a picture of a porthos that I am propagating. It’s so simple and the roots grow very quickly. Just take stem cuttings of 4-6 inches and root in water. Small white wispy roots should grow within a few weeks. Plant them in soil and water well once you have a few inches of sturdy looking roots.
Snake Plant (AKA Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)
Sansevieria or Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is another one of those plants with too many names. This one I’ll stick to Snake Plant, cause that’s cute.
They also have a lot of different varieties! As you see with the Instagram post below, I wasn’t sure on the ID of mine because it’s less speckled and more striped than most. Snake plants are such great versatile plants. They have sword-like leaves that stick straight up in the air, and sometimes grow well past several feet. They are slow-growing though, so don’t worry about them taking over.
Allow the top inch of soil to dry before you water it; and repeat. Snake Plants can tolerate low light very well, but grow fastest in brighter conditions. The only issue that I’ve run into with this one is browning tips on my leaves. This is caused by over-watering, so I’ll be sure not to do this in the future.
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This gorgeous plant I picked up at Aldi’s without knowing much about it. That’s what happens when I see plants for $1.69 each; I adopt them. Crotons are tropical plants and so far the few I have are doing very well in my office. They come in so many different leaf varieties and coloring that it’s really fun to have a few around!
Note, they don’t tolerate drafts or temperatures below 60 degrees, but for an indoor plant, you should be safe with that. Mine is growing fast so far in moderate lighting and with watering once the top inch of soil is dry. They do best in a humid and warm environment, so perhaps this might be a plant you’d consider for your bathroom.
Marimo Moss Ball
Here’s a plant for those of you who are really desperate cases. Marimo Moss Balls are commonly found in fish tanks, but they’re also cute fuzzy things that people have started “adopting” as pets. And yes, I am one of these crazy people who got their own lil ball of algae. I won’t talk too much about this, since I’ve only had mine a month, but you basically just change the water occasionally and keep it in indirect light. Pretty simple.
Check out this article on 10 Amazing Reasons to Adopt a Moss Ball Pet if you want to learn more.
I’m going to mail a lucky one of you a spider plant shoot to plant and grow yourself.
If you’re familiar with browsing through lists of hard-to-kill plants, you’ll notice that I left off some that other people usually add to their lists. I have never had success with English ivy, succulents, air plants, and cacti. I think it has to do with me liking to water plants, and those plants not really liking to be watered more than twice a year. If you try any of these and have success with them, let me know! I’ll be over here with my watering can, tending to my plants once a week. 🙂