If you’re a new plant parent and looking for some resilient indoor plants to get you started, then this post is for you. Below are 10 resilient plants for the forgetful houseplant owner. These plants are very forgiving, and won’t die if you forget to water them from time-to-time.
1. Satin Pothos
Satin Pothos has large heart shaped green leaves with silver white speckles. It’s a very resilient indoor plant and is happy with moderate light levels. Water when the soil is slightly dry, they’re drought tolerant plants so make sure you don’t over water as this could kill the plant.
2. Golden Pothos
Golden Pothos is similar to the Satin Pothos (mentioned above). They have bright yellow leaves and are very resilient to low light. Water your Golden Pothos when the soil is slightly dry, too much water can kill the plant.
3. String of Hearts
String of Hearts not only look beautiful but they are also very resilient. It stores water in it’s leaves, so if you’re not sure if you should water it, it’s best to let it dry out between watering. They prefer bright indirect light, so place near to a window but not directly in front of it.
4. Cast Iron Plant
Aspidistras live up to their common name, Cast Iron Plant, as they are very resilient plants and have the ability to thrive on neglect and in most light conditions. They’re not fussy when it comes to lighting and can thrive in bright, indirect light to a shady room.
5. Snake Plant
Snake Plants are resilient indoor plants as they don’t need a lot of water and can be left alone for weeks. You’re more likely to kill a snake plant by over watering it rather than not watering it enough. I water my snake plant every 3 weeks or so, and allow the water to completely drain through before putting the plant back into the planter.
6. String of Pearls
String of Pearls is a type of succulent and stores water in it’s leaves, which makes them easy to look after as they are very drought tolerant. Allow the soil to dry out between watering and don’t let the plant sit in water. They prefer bright indirect light, I keep mine on a shelf near a bright window.
Cacti’s thrive on neglect and want their soil to be kept dry, which makes them perfect for forgetful houseplant owners. They store water in their leaves and if you overwater your cactus it will run out of room to store the water and will feel mushy and eventually die.
8. ZZ Plant
I’ve never owned a ZZ Plant but I’ve heard that they are very resilient plants and are perfect for forgetful plant parents. They’re happy anywhere from low to bright light, so you really don’t need to worry about it once you bring it home. The worst thing you can do for your ZZ Plant is over water it.
9. Pony Tail Palm
Pony Tail Palms are very forgiving and resilient indoor plants. They store water in their base which means they will survive if you forget to water them occasionally! They prefer bright indirect light but can tolerate shade. Low light will slow down it’s growth rate whereas lighter condition will improve it’s growth.
10. Peace Lily
Peace Lilies are low-maintenance houseplants. They prefer bright indirect light, but they will adapt to low light conditions. They will let you know when they’re thirsty by lowering their leaves, once they have had a drink their leaves will lift back up. I’ve had my Peace Lily for four years, which has been very resilient even when we were doing a lot of house renovations and our home was very dusty.
Do you have any of these resilient indoor plants? Comment below!
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Donkey’s Tail (Sedum Morganianum) is an unusual trailing houseplant. Easy to care for and a good choice for beginners.
Oh yeah they’re very drought tolerant plants 🙂 definitely a good choice for beginners!