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The Top 3 Houseplants You Simply Cannot Kill

Healthy Green Houseplants in Front of a WindowSome people are naturally born with a talent for growing things. Most of us, however, will have a harder time keeping houseplants alive. If you have tried and failed at growing indoor plants, you will know, first hand, that it can be very challenging. Though that shouldn’t suggest that you don’t try again. Houseplants offer a wide range of benefits, from cleaner air to natural beauty. Don’t let the fear of keeping these plants alive stop you from trying because there are some plants that are surprisingly hard to kill. If you are searching for a sturdy houseplant for your residence, 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.


Not all plants make it to the list of the hardest plants to kill while being both useful and attractive. One, however, sits at the top: the aloe vera plant. The fluid inside aloe vera leaves can be very useful when used as a natural skin moisturizer. It also helps heal sunburn and minor cuts. Aloe vera is a succulent, which means that it needs very little water to grow. This plant will continue to grow in a vessel with minimal care.

When growing aloe vera plants, never forget that they need bright but indirect sunlight; so, keep them away from sunny windowsills. But, since aloe vera is toxic for animals, don’t place it anywhere that is accessible to your pet. Best to put the plant in a place safely out of your pet’s reach. 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, you could try growing lucky bamboo. Bamboo grows well in bright light but can also easily tolerate low light conditions. Because bamboo is first grown directly in water, it’s obvious when more water is necessary. Bamboo can also be trained in beautiful bends and spiral shapes, making it an appealing addition to any area.

Naturally, to maintain the lucky bamboo over a long period of time, you will need to plant it in the soil after the roots are fully developed. After you transfer it to good soil, allow the lucky bamboo to grow best by drying it out between watering. Noticing your lucky bamboo slowly wilting? No worries. A little water will usually bring 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 regularly flower indoors. It can survive long periods without water, making it easier for preoccupied houseplant owners to keep it alive. The leaves of this plant are long and pointed, like a sword, making it a visually appealing addition to your already elegant house.

In Conclusion

These durable plants are an exceptional preference for just about any living space. So, if you find yourself houseplant-challenged or new to houseplant ownership, getting one of these plants may be the key to your green thumb success.

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