Most beginners struggle to maintain their houseplants and kill them. Even experienced growers kill their plants by forgetting to water them or keeping them in a dim corner. If you are such a person, grow houseplants that are forgiving and hard to kill.
Hardy houseplants are not only durable but also come in stunning appearance and other benefits, like creating a new look and ambiance in your room. There are many hardy plants around us. To help you find the best ones, we have selected the 5 best hard-to-kill houseplants for you.
1. Rubber Plants
Rubber plants are hardy, forgiving, and scream attention with their huge, rubbery, dark green foliage. They will flourish and grow fast if given the right conditions.
Rubber plants require indirect sunlight. So, if your house has such light settings, they are best for you. Besides, an advantage of having a Rubber plant is it reduces the chances of allergies and asthma by extricating the toxic pollutants from the air and purifying it.
The plant prefers consistently moist soil but needs to be dry between watering. You can wait until the top few inches of the soil have dried. It won’t be a problem if you often forget to water the plant for a while.
Clean the leaves in time and repot the plant when it outgrows the recent pot. Keep it near a windowsill with a lot of free space around.
The next on our list are evergreen Philodendrons that thrive under indirect sunlight and low light. Since most houses have such light conditions, indoors are perfect for these evergreen vine plants. They are very adaptable to indoor atmospheres.
The plant purifies the breathing air by eliminating toxins and spreads peace and calm. So, you get a hardy houseplant which also benefits your health and mind.
They need watering only when the top few inches of the soil get dry. So, your plant will not mind if you forget to water it 1-2 times.
Boost their growth by feeding them with a houseplant fertilizer once a month in spring and summer. Avoid cold drafts. Place them over a table or near a windowsill that gives filtered sun.
If you plan to get this plant for your house, head to the How To Care For Philodendron? (Ultimate Care Guide) on simplifyplants to know everything you need.
Also called Chinese Evergreen, Aglaonema bears bold and variegated pattern-like leaves, which are appealing enough.
The plant is not only known for its leaves, but it also has a good tolerance for low light, drought, dry air, and even cold weather for some time.
Aglaonemas thrive in both indirect and low light. So that makes them ideal for indoors. Aglaonemas need moist soil, but the soil should be 25-40% dry before watering. This fact makes it easier for growers who often forget to water.
An amazing thing about Aglaonema is its endurance for cold temperatures. Some Aglaonemas, like Emerald Star, Stars, and Jewel of India, can tolerate nearly 35-45°F. If your house has air conditioners or you live in colder zones, these varieties will be safe from cold damage.
Keep the plant near a window or over a table in your living or drawing room to enjoy it daily.
4. Christmas Cactus
Christmas Cactus are beautiful flowering plants that flower in the mid-winter, mostly during Christmas, thus the name. The plant appreciates bright indirect sunlight, which is why indoors is the best place.
Christmas Cactus is a good choice if you want to add color to your house with a hardy houseplant. The plant produces bright flowers at the tips of the flattened leaves in multiple colors like white, magenta, purple, salmon, peach, pink, and orange.
It also purifies the air and increases the oxygen level by releasing oxygen at night, thus giving us sound sleep. So, you get a hardy plant that adds color and benefits health and mind.
Please keep it in your bedroom or living room to give the spaces some color.
If you want to grow this beautiful succulent, check out Nurserylady.com, a blog by Richa that has everything you need to know about this beautiful plant.
5. Cast Iron Plant
The name is justified because the plant is quite hardy, like the name, and fuss-free. The plant prefers bright indirect sunlight, thus making it ideal for indoor atmospheres.
The plant needs to be watered when the soil has dried. So if you ever forget to follow the right watering routine as a beginner and skip watering for a while or provide less water, the plant won’t mind.
Keep the soil consistently moist in spring and summer and almost dry in fall and water. Plant them in a well-drained potting mix and keep the plant in a room with enough space to show off its dark green foliage.