Hard to Kill Houseplants

8 Hard to Kill Houseplant

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Spider Plant

Bringing nature indoors is a great way to enjoy the beauty of garden plants that will add that much-needed flavor. I have seen firsthand what indoor plants can do for the home environment working as an interior plantscape designer for many years.

Indoor plants will not only bring change but the mental and physical impact of indoor plants has so many benefits. I have heard many people say they just can’t seem to keep their plants alive and then there are those who just haven’t got the time for plant care but desire to spruce up their interior with garden plants.

If one of the two describes you then stick around because you can still have success with growing indoor plants by choosing these favorites that are hard to kill.

1. Mother-in-law’s tongue

Mother in laws tongue

Yeah I know what you’re thinking and you are right, the name of this plant does sound interesting. I have been working with mother-in-law’s tongue which is also referred to as snake plants for many years both out and indoors.

What I can tell you about this plant is that it is very hardy, the mother-in-law’s tongue can be classed in the same category as desert plants. This beautiful plant has long narrow erected leaves and can either be a full green or green with yellow margins. This garden beauty loves medium to low light and survives on very little water.

2. Zamioculcas zamiifolia

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ZZ Plants

The name of this plant is a real tongue twister but not to worry though because this garden beauty is also referred to as ZZ plant. The ZZ plant can also withstand harsh conditions and will go to work for you, the leaves are tiny and so what oval shape with a  gloss. This is a medium to low-light plant that survives on very little water.

3. Ponytail palm

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Ponytail Palm

The ponytail palm as the name says is a very beautiful plant that has long slender leaves that are tough and fall over or grow towards the ground. This garden beauty loves bright indirect light and prefers soil that is somewhat moist but more on the dry side, the ponytail palm will work wonders flavoring your interior with its beauty and charm.

4. Aloe vera

Aloe vera

The aloe vera plant is best known for its healing effect, aloe vera is used in many health as well as hair care and skin products. A former neighbor I knew had a yard full of aloe vera plants, in fact, his backyard looked like a mini-farm.

Be careful however when handling this plant because of the tony sharp edges, the aloe vera plant will grow in medium to low light and thrives in soil that’s somewhat moist.

5. Rubber plant

Rubber plant

The Indian rubber plant has made a name for itself, what I love about this plant is its broad oval-shaped leaves that are a smooth dark green purplish color. Once the leaves are clean the rubber plant will show off its beauty. Indirect bright light will have your rubber plant growing at its best. This is a low-maintenance plant that can survive on little water or the soil should be somewhat moist, not waterlogged.

6. Boston Fern


There are many varieties of ferns Boston ferns are one species, ferns can become very invasive when planted in outdoor gardens but growing ferns indoors from a container or hanging basket looks really great.

Boston ferns require very little attention and grow best in indirect bright light. Direct bright light however will cause the leaves to burn. Keeping your Boston fern moderately moist keeps it growing healthy.

7. Aglaonema

Aglaonema dumb cane

One of my favorites that I have worked with so many times on indoor garden projects is the aglaonema, there are many species of aglaonema. Aglaonema is a hardy plant that can withstand a certain amount of drought.

This drought-tolerant plant needs indirect bright to medium light, the soil can be kept somewhat moist at all times. The leaves of the aglaonema are variegated and can be dark to light green with a mixture of silver to whiteish. The aglaonema siam however is a mixture of green and yellow with a red to pink margin.


Guzmanias Flowers

Bring your interior to life with bromeliads, there are said to be some 2,700 species of bromeliads that make this family huge. I love these garden beauties because they can really light up or give you a colorful world. Bromeliads are of different colors the leaves and the flowers giving you the best of both worlds.

Bromeliads can survive on very little water and do great in indirect bright to medium light. These garden beauties are worth the investment and will go to work for you surviving on little water or the soil should be kept somewhat moist.

The benefits of house plants

Here are the benefits of growing indoor plants.

1. Indoor plants will transform the interior that is so inviting.

2. A study has shown that indoor plants will clean the air that we breathe by improving air quality and removing toxins from the air.

3. Indoor plants are a stress reliever.

4. Will make the room more comfortable

5. Can help to encourage healing.

6. The sight of beautiful plants can put you in a better mental state.

7. Indoor plants help to increase humidity.

The final word on hard-to-kill houseplants

Growing and maintaining indoor plants is possible by installing these hard-to-kill garden plants. You can now go ahead and begin to bring that much-needed change to your interior by choosing a few of these hard-to-kill house plants. Go for it and connect with nature by bringing nature indoors. You will be so happy that you did as you see the transformation and experience the many benefits.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

16 thoughts on “Hard to Kill Houseplants”

  1. If not for anything else the ability of these plants to put one in a better mental state is enough rain for everyone to have these really amazing plants in their house. However, I have seen a couple of them around and currently, I have just the Rubber plant in my compound and I hope to get more of these plants soon

    • Yes, these hard to kill plants will do the job, they have so many benefits and are not fussy at all so your time and money will be worth the investment. I am so happy to help and all the best to you.

  2. Oh, this is very nice. The chance for me to be able to plant this hard to kill houseplants in my home. I love gardening at my mum’s house but I have never tried house plants even though I have heard before that they can help Claire the hair just like you confirmed here. It’s good you shared a list of hard to kill plants that I can keep at home. I’m definitely planting the rubber plant.

    • So good to hear that you are thinking of giving this method of house plants that is hard to kill a try. These hard to kill plants are amazing and will go to work for you. So happy to help and all the best to you.

  3. Thank you, Norman, for recommending these house plants that are very hard to kill. I think the aesthetic of plants like these is one of simplicity and they are ideal, I think, for absent minded or very busy people who may not have the freedom to carefully tend for their plants as these ones are more tenuous and therefore will fare easier. 

    • Plants like these will make life easier as they are not fussy and will go to work for you. I am so happy to help and thanks also for your input.

  4. We keep several plants in the house and in the garden and I have a big problem with the fact that they are not easy to maintain, if they are not watered, they die very quickly. It means a lot to me to read such a good article full of useful tips that we could grow plants in order to enrich our space without having to worry about them too much at the same time. Not only are they beautiful but some of them are very healthy like aloe vera. I have heard that it is very healthy and I am thinking that it will be the next plant we will get.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words and I am so happy to help, house plants do have so much benefits so I encourage you to continue to take advantage of these plants that will keep your indoor living space living.

  5. I really needed the information you have imparted in your article. I get really frustrated with the amount of house plants I have been unable to keep alive. I really go do with some colour, so I am going to buy bromeliads to see if they prosper in my home. 

    I really don’t want to give up on having plants thriving in my home as I am a firm believer in the benefits that indoor plants can bring. Your article has given me fresh hope, so thanks for sharing it.

    • You are so welcome and I happy to help, these listed plants will work wonders for you because they are tough and will go to work for you. Wishing you much success and have a good day.

  6. I love plants and have about 6 spider plants, they just keep having babies lol.   The little spider plants that hang down and start growing as so easy to start new plants with.  I just put in water until I see a few roots then put in dirt and you have another plant.  Spider plants are also said to clean the air.  

    I also have a mother of tongue it grows well and doesn’t need much attention.  I’m going to have to try a couple of the other ones your mentions.  Great article

    • Thanks so much for your kind words and it is so good to see that you are enjoying your plants and they are working for you. So happy to help and all the best to you.

  7. Great article for people that are looking to beautify their interiors with plants. Recently, I had a fruit fly infestation and was told to get rid of all my plants.  But I’ll try again using some of your tips.  My place had a clean fresh smell with indoor plants. Love the layout and the pictures. You really know a lot about indoor plants and how to care for them. Overall your site is great. Love the colors, and the navigation system. You’ve probably heard this before but consider using a real picture instead of an Avatar. Lots of people like to see the person behind the site. It builds trust and intimacy a little better. Great job.

    • The presence of plants whether in or outdoors is so beneficial in so many ways, these indoor house plants however that are mentioned is hard to kill and will go to work for you. It is good to hear that you are considering getting a few of them. I wish you the best of success. Thanks so much for your kind words and your suggestion, have a good day.

  8. Among various amazing houseplants, Since green is a lively color, and it symbolizes renewal. The list outline above are best hard to kill houseplants that you could bring in to enhance and beautify your overall home decoration further. this article is so educative because it tells us the perfect way to rejuvenate your home instantly. Thanks for putting this through.

    • These plant type for indoors are so beneficial and will go to work for you, I am so happy to help, and thanks so much for your kind words. All the best to you.


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