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The Top 3 Houseplants You Simply Cannot Kill

Healthy Green Houseplants in Front of a WindowAlthough others might be born with a talent for growing things, most people will likely have a harder time keeping houseplants alive. Someone who has tried and failed growing plants indoors will definitely agree that it can be very challenging. However, don’t get too discouraged. Houseplants offer a wide range of benefits, from cleaner air to natural beauty. And if you’re intimidated by the task of growing these plants, don’t worry. There are a number of these plants that are surprisingly hard to kill. If you want to get your place a sturdy houseplant, whether you’ve killed plants in the past or are shopping for your very first one, there are three that top every homebody gardener’s list.


At the top of the list of the hardest plants to kill while being both useful and attractive is the aloe vera plant. The fluid inside aloe vera leaves can work as a natural skin moisturizer, making it very useful. It also helps heal sunburn and minor cuts. Aloe vera is a succulent, which means that it needs very little water to grow. So, despite minimal care, this plant will continue to live in its container.

When growing aloe vera plants, never overlook their need for bright but indirect sunlight. Remember to keep them away from sunny windowsills. While it’s important to take care of your plant, also take care of any pets you might have by placing the aloe vera safely out of their reach since the plant is toxic for animals. Lastly, if you plan to use the leaves, be careful not to remove more than a third of the plant at one time. Aloe vera is a very durable plant, but cutting too much away could still spell trouble for this hardy species.


For houseplant lovers who have killed more than a few houseplants over the years, lucky bamboo might be a good alternative. Bamboo grows well in bright light, but can also easily tolerate low light conditions. Add more water to your bamboo when you deem necessary. This shouldn’t be difficult to do since bamboo is first grown directly in water. Bamboo can also be trained in beautiful bends and spiral shapes, making it an appealing addition to any room.

You will need to plant the lucky bamboo in the soil after the roots are fully developed to make sure it sustains itself long term. Bamboo grows best when allowed to dry out between watering. Do this after you’ve allowed it to develop its roots. What happens if the bamboo starts to wilt? A little water will do the trick — it usually brings it right back to life.

Cast-Iron Plant

As the name reveals, the cast iron plant can survive even under poor conditions. This hard-to-kill house plant has a reputation for enduring hardiness and actually prefers low light. Cast-iron plants are widely known to flower indoors. It can survive long periods without water, making the task of keeping it alive a lot easier for forgetful houseplant owners. The leaves of this plant are long and pointed, like a sword, making it a visually appealing addition to your home.

In Conclusion

These durable plants are an excellent option for just about any residence. For the people who are houseplant-challenged or new to houseplant ownership, spending for one of these plants may be the key to your green thumb success.

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