These houseplants are almost unkillable
If you aren’t the best at keeping your houseplants alive, or you maybe travel a lot and can’t be around all the time to tend to your plants, then this list is definitely for you. There are several plants that actually thrive from being neglected and will quickly die if they are given too much attention (in the form of water). So feel free to find a nice spot for these plants and then almost forget they exist.
*Note that these are still alive so will need some care and a little bit of water to keep them alive, so whilst they are hardy and low maintenance, it’s not totally impossible to kill them!
The bold and striking leaves of the Snake Plant make it stand out wherever you put it! Not only are they slow-growing, but they transcend upwards so are great for small spaces or that corner you never know what to do with. They have some of the sturdiest leaves or any houseplant, and their sharp leaf tips have given the plant the nickname of mother-in-laws-tongue!
When it comes to care, Snake Plant are super easy to look after, they can adapt to a range of light levels (are great low light plants), prefer dry soil and don’t need much attention in the way of misting or repotting etc. So if you want a low maintenance, sturdy houseplant that you can almost forget about, then the Snake Plant is your perfect match!
Find out more in our Snake Plant care guide.
Aloe Barbadensis Miller
Although Aloe Vera plants are commonly loved for their gel, they are much more than just their health and beauty benefits, as they make for a super minimalist and forgiving houseplant! Like most other succulents, Aloe Vera plants don’t need much tending to as they thrive in dry coarse potting mix. Too much water will very quickly cause a lot of problems for your Aloe but it is important that they get a good amount of bright light or will become quite straggly.
As they mature a little, you’ll see lots of little Aloe pups popping up which can be very easily removed from the mother plant and propagated! Aloe plants are super affordable and you can pick them up basically anywhere that sells plants, even supermarkets will often sell them in the summer months.
Find out more in our Aloe Vera care guide.
If you find that you are often killing your houseplants and you can’t seem to figure out why, then we recommend the Chinese Evergreen. Native to South-East Asia, they are so hardy that they’ll grow and thrive in basically any home so it’s the perfect beginner plant. They are definitely one of the most unkillable plants, it would be a real achievement if you do manage!
Chinese Evergreens have incredible leaves, full of splashes of white, silver or pink depending on the particular variety. They are quite slow growing though (as most hardy plants are), so don’t expect a lot of new growth every year.
Find out more in our Chinese Evergreen care guide.
Believed to bring luck, Jade Plants are one of the most popular succulent varieties. They are best known for their oval-shaped leaves and strong stems which become quite woody as they mature.
When it comes to caring for your Jade Plants, the top two things to remember is to give it a spot that gets ample sunshine throughout the day as well as making sure the potting mix has fully dried out before watering again as they are very sensitive to root rot if even slightly overwatered. Jade Plants are quite slow growers though, so even if the environment and care routine are perfect, they may only grow a few inches per year.
Find out more in our Jade Plant care guide.
Bunny Ears Cactus
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance houseplant that still gives the wow-factor, then look no further than the Bunny Ears Cactus. Loved for their flat pad-like leaves, and lack of long sharp spikes (they have fuzzy glochids instead which are still a little painful to touch), they are great for beginner plant parents and were a no brainer for the (almost) unkillable list!
Native to the Mexican desert plains, the Bunny Ears Cactus will thrive if you replicate the native conditions. They don’t need much water and will thrive in bright direct sunshine. This makes them the perfect plant for those sunny windowsills that are too bright for a lot of other houseplants.
These slow-growing houseplants can reach up to around half a metre but will grow to double that if given the right conditions outside. They do take a while to grow but are definitely worth the wait.
Find out more in our Bunny Ears Cactus care guide.
The Dragon Tree was actually our first ever houseplant and ignited our initial love for caring for indoor plants many years ago. Native to Madagascar, it’s a timeless plant that brings elegance and style to every room. They are also super easy to care for and are great at purifying the air which makes them a great plant for those with brown thumbs!
You’ll have a hard time trying to kill a Dragon Tree as they are pretty drought-tolerant and forgiving when it comes to light, temperature levels and humidity so it’ll adapt well to any spot in your home.
Although they can reach up to 6 metres in their natural outdoor habitat, they’ll only ever get to about 1.5/2 metres when grown indoors (and even this will take years and years) so you don’t need to worry about it getting too big to handle.
Find out more in our Dragon Tree care guide.
Also known as the Zanzibar Gem, the ZZ Plant is a great low-maintenance minimalist houseplant. Adored for their dark green glossy leaves, we recommend this one for those who’ve previously struggled to keep any plants alive, but also for anyone looking for something smart and stylish to spruce up their home. They are very adaptable and will deal well with some bright but indirect light, as well as shady dark corners of your home.
The ZZ Plant is quite slow-growing so you won’t see new stems popping out all of the time. It’s important to note that they grow bulb-like roots called rhizomes so will need quite a large pot to really thrive and grow. This also means they are drought tolerant as they store water in their rhizomes so great for any forgetful waterers out there…
Find out more in our ZZ Plant care guide.
Although they are most commonly known as outdoor plants, you can very successfully grow an English Ivy indoors as long as you give it enough light. We are obsessed with the white variegated English Ivy but if not given enough sunshine, the new leaves will lose all of that variegation.
Included in the NASA Clean Air Study, the English Ivy is great at removing toxins from the air so we recommend having a few of these dotted around your home. They are also believed to sometimes be able to improve allergy symptoms so as well as looking lush, they have great benefits for us too. They are also super fast-growing plants which is unusual for such hardy, low maintenance plants, so you want to place them on a high shelf making sure they have enough space to cascade downwards.
Find out more in our English Ivy care guide.
Cast Iron Plant
The Cast Iron Plant is a fantastic, glossy houseplant that gives a real tropical feel to your space. On top of all of this, it couldn’t be easier to look after them and can take a good variety of conditions without issues. The hardiness is where they got their name from, because they are just that tough.
Cast Iron Plants are perfect for areas that don’t have quite as much light, and will happily continue to grow in a shady spot. If you provide a little extra humidity, using something like a spray bottle or humidifier, you can expect your Cast Iron Plant to really thrive but it’s not a necessity.
We definitely recommend these as a starter or beginner houseplant due to their ease of maintenance, but don’t be disheartened by the fact that they do grow quite slowly.
Find out more in our Cast Iron Plant care guide.
Believed to bring good luck, the Lucky Bamboo is the ideal houseplant for those wanting to bring a little bit of greenery indoors, but who just don’t have the time or skill to give it much attention. The Lucky Bamboo thrives off being neglected and as long as they have enough sunlight and some warmth, they’ll happily live for a very long time. You can choose to grow them in either well-draining soil or a vase filled with water. The latter is great for forgetful waterers as there’s no risk of them drying out!
You can continue the gorgeous swirls on your Lucky Bamboo plants by simply rotating them every once in a while. The plant naturally grows towards the sunlight so you can use this to create the twists.
Find out more in our Lucky Bamboo care guide.
This is a Palm with a personality of its own! The Ponytail Palm is adored for its long curly leaves which instantly bring the tropical beach vibes to your space!
Interestingly, the Ponytail Palm is neither a palm nor a tree, it’s actually a succulent which is why they are super low maintenance. All they need is a spot with ample light and warmth and they’ll be happy. They don’t need much water either as they are able to store it in their trunk. The only drawback of the Ponytail Palm is that it’s quite slow-growing so don’t expect it to be constantly growing new leaves.
Find out more in our Ponytail Palm care guide.
Wandering Jew Plant
Also known as the Inch Plant, we haven’t yet come across a faster-growing or easier to propagate houseplant. Native to the tropics of Mexico and South America, these plants offer something different with their purple and silvery leaves that transcend out of the pot.
Growing these indoors helps keep their growth more contained whilst still giving that wilderness feel which we love. Caring for these plants is also super easy as all they need is ample light and moderate water. They are quite forgiving so will grow regardless of the care or environment most of the time.
These plants are great for hanging planters or when placed on shelving so you can really make the most of those incredible vines. They can be mildly toxic though so you’ll want to keep them away from pets.
Find out more in our Wandering Jew Plant care guide.
A staple of many homes, the Yucca is one of the most popular houseplants and you’ll often see them around offices, shops and restaurants too! They’re super easy to care for so are perfect for all plant parents. They were very popular in the ’70s so are a great way to get a little bit of vintage style in your home.
As they mature, Yucca plants can grow about 2 metres in height so make it the perfect feature plant for your space. They are very slow-growing though so if you don’t have as much space, a smaller plant won’t outgrow the room very quickly.
They are very low maintenance and can adapt to most light levels, temperature and humidity levels but unfortunately, they are toxic to keep that in mind if you have pets or small children.
Find out more in our Yucca care guide.
Written by Joanna Turner