5 Can't-Kill Houseplants

When it comes to houseplants are you the Terminator? Here are our picks for the few plants that can live despite your efforts.

Keeping House

Water, sun, shade. It can be confusing, right? Try these I Will Survive choices to give your home some earthy appeal. (You can do better than silk plants. Really, you can.)

Pothos Plant

Vibrant and green, often with white and yellow variegation, Pothos has a vine vibe and can grow about six to 10 feet in their containers. Pothos doesn't need a lot of light and erratic watering is totally fine. In fact, let the soil dry out between waterings.

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Botanical Garden Sanctuary

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ZZ Plant

Short for Zamioculcas zamiifolia, the ZZ plant is almost impossible to kill. Some of our research has even suggested it thrives on neglect. This succulent plant, native to Eastern African, features glossy leaves and a height of two to three feet. Instead of potting soil, put it in a succulent potting mix you can buy at Home Depot. It needs low light (medium is better, though) and minimal watering. We really like its tropical look.

Jade Plant

Another succulent houseplant, Jade is also known as the friendship or money tree and the lucky plant. Who can resist that reputation? Jade plants have rounded, fleshy leaves, and when they're all grown up, can boast small pink or white flowers. We love that they can easily go two weeks to a month without watering.

Sansevieria Plant

Don't be put off by this plant's nicknames: Mother-in-Law's Tongue, Devil's Tongue and Snake Plant. This geometric, upright plant is the best houseplant for beginners. Although they love bright light, they do well in partial sunshine, too. You don't have to water them much, in fact, let the soil dry out completely between waterings. Sansevieria plants can grow up to two to three feet in height and look great in contemporary settings.

Bromeliad Plant

Looking for a flowering plant? These plants are part of the pineapple family and have really lovely blooms that come in a variety of colors. Choose a sunny location (they like warmer temperatures) and just water it once every week or two. Pour it directly into the central part of the plant. If you pour too much water in the pot, just tip it over and drain it out. Easy.