Plants are incredibly beneficial to have in your home or workspace. They reduce stress, improve air quality, and help reduce background noise. But not everyone is born with a green thumb. If the thought of owning and taking care of plants intimidates you—never fear! Here are five plants that are practically impossible to kill.
Also referred to as aloe vera, aloe plants require very little maintenance. It’s best to allow the soil to dry completely between waterings, which means you only need to water them once every two to three weeks. And they’re not just fun to look at—the soothing gel in their leaves helps with cuts and burns, and it has amazing benefits when eaten.
Formally called Sansevieria, but also known as mother-in-law’s tongue or ribbon plant, the snake plant is a fixture in corporate offices, and for good reason. It doesn’t need much natural light or water to thrive. It loves being pot-bound and is great for people that like to travel or are away from home for weeks at a time. It’s the ultimate set-it-and-forget-it plant.
These plants are super easy to care for, making them one of the most adaptable houseplants. They can handle a wide range of conditions and rarely suffer from pest or nutrient problems. A couple of brown tips is about the most serious problem you’ll ever have. They like bright, indirect light and prefer to dry out between watering.
Like the spider plant, rubber plants like bright, indirect sunlight and like to dry out between each watering. In the summer, they require a bit more water, but in the winter you will only need to water them once or twice a month. They have the potential to grow pretty large if you report them, but you can also keep them small and manageable by trimming their roots and keeping them in smaller pots.
These plants are a durable as they sound. Also known as “Milky Way”, cast-iron plants are able to handle both low-light and high-light environments (just not direct sunlight). They are able to withstand extreme temperature changes, are drought-tolerant, and are slow-growing.