Spring is in the air, that means that it’s time to open the windows and get your living space prepared for the summer with some house plants. Since plants are very in on social media these days, it can be tempting to go all in on house plants for the summer season. But what happens if you don’t have a green thumb, have never taken care of a house plant before, or don’t know where to start when it comes to being a proud plant parent? We’ve made this list of plants that are hard to kill for that exact reason.
If, like myself, you’ve managed to kill a cactus in the past but are still interested in a pretty air filter, check out this list.
Aloe is one of those plants that are very hard to kill. The plant doesn’t need much water to thrive, and it comes in handy during the summer as a natural sun burn treatment. Stick an aloe plant in a terra cotta planter with soil that can drain easily. If you forget to water it, no problem. The plant will retain water naturally as it’s meant to grow in hot climates where it can draw water from the air. The only thing you should worry about with an aloe plant is whether or not it’s getting enough sun. So stick it by a sunny window and forget about it. To use it against sun damage on the skin, simply snip off one of the long leaves and use the goo inside of the plant as a topical ointment.
Not only does it make a pretty decoration, but it’s easy to take care of. The Yucca doesn’t need a lot of care to stay healthy and it can get by with both minimal water and sun light. Place a yucca in a pot that can drain easily and use a compost that allows water to drain (this is available at gardening stores). Stick it near a window that provides indirect sunlight and let it be. Put it next to a mid-century modern chair for a particularly Instagrammable look.
This is a plant that’s particularly hard to kill because it needs almost no light and water in order to survive. It’s hanging branches and bold, green leaves make it a perfect addition to a shelf or table. Just make sure that it’s placed in a pot that can drain properly (for when you remember to water it). It may also be a good idea to make sure that it can’t get exposed to too much sun, so keep it in areas with low light.
The Rubber Plant
This one is particularly popular among the social media sphere these days. With its round, deep green leaves and neat looking stalk, it’s a clean, yet stylish way to add a breath of life into your living or office space. It’s also hard to kill because it can adapt to most environments it’s been put into. Stick it in a cute pot near a bright window (but not directly in the window) and water it every couple of weeks.
Sometimes you need more than just plants, you need flowers! The peace lily is a hard to kill flowering plant that grows pretty, white flowers at the end of its stalks. It’s also a fantastic way to purify the air because it absorbs more air than other plants. To care for it, stick it in a pot that drains easily and out of the sun. It needs to stay warm, though, so make sure it doesn’t get too cold.