The Unkillables... House Plants For The Black Thumbed

House plants are not safe around me. I've managed to kill yet another one outright and my Peace Lily is looking like it might buy it any minute. I don't know how it happens, since the houseplant apocalypse of aught seven I've been much more careful with the watering and the feeding and the light requirements and not saying mean things to them... but still they die.

With that in mind I've compiled a list of plants that have a reputation of being unkillable:



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Apparently you bung it in a low to medium lit spot then water it VERY sparingly in the winter. Which doesn't sound too hard.


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Likes a bit of light and not too much water. There's a guide to common problems and troubleshooting here


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I have to admit to killing one of these about a month ago. I put it in direct too sunlight and it turned up it's toes (the big wimp). Theoretically they are easy enough, the just need regular watering and a shady-ish spot.


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Needs to be kept moist but not wet in filtered light. You can get them trained into that cool ball shape too.

You could also try Dracaenas, Bromeliads spider plants and Areca palms. Or just say 'PAH' to them and embrace the plastic.

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Faynilla on Sep 29, 2008:

i have a pretty average green thumb, but my schefflera has been in the same pot outside for over two years! I AM A BAD PLANT MOMMY! anyways, kudos to you but i kill everything inside. so i have a potted garden outside. i just recently planted the "shiffs" in the ground, and they are super happy. but they are hard to kill. its funny, i have all the plants you mentioned. 

tracytracy on Sep 29, 2008:

I would have to say the most kill-resistant plant I've encountered would have to be the wandering jew plant. I don't remember its official name but it has striped purple and green leaves.  Very pretty.  I just found 2 planters of these house plants on the side of my house where I never go and they are STILL alive and lush even after 2 months of forgetting about them and not watering them.

lilybee on Sep 28, 2008:

Hi Creative Origins, I'm so glad that it's not just me who had trouble with the Schefflera! Good call on the Bamboo, apparently it's quick-growing too.

Creative Origins on Sep 28, 2008:

Sansevieria, or Mother-In-Law's Tongue, is a good plant, pretty easy to keep alive.

Pothos is a virtually care-free, just an occasional watering.

I don't agree that Schefflera is not killable, that is not my experience.

And, a Ficus surely is a hardy plant, makes a very nice tree. Beautiful outside, too.

But, if you really want something you can't kill, go down to the local flea market and get yourself a bamboo plant. They don't even need dirt. Put it in a marble filled container and fill it with water. Just keep water in the bowl, and you'll have a beautiful plant indefinitely.

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