So you’re a new plant parent looking for hard to kill plants? Today we are going to share with you 5 plants that are not only very hard to kill, but are extremely affordable and adaptable to a variety of lighting and watering conditions.
1. Pothos (Devil’s Ivy/Epipremnum aureum)
If you haven’t seen a pothos, you may have been living under a rock.
Not only is this plant perfect for a new plant parent but it is very low maintenance, comes in a wide variety and can afford some neglect (not recommended) and has an incredibly long lifespan. A single pothos plant has been known to be able to live for at least 10 years or more. Pothos can also be grown in soil or water.
Also, unlike other plants, it is rare for this plant to have pest or fungal issues. Not to mention, you only will ever need to purchase one. Pothos is extremely easy to grow and reproduce itself in water (a process formally called propogration). For myself personally, I’ve seen a pothos grow new and strong roots in a matter of a few weeks.
As far as lighting, a pothos is a highly adaptable plant that can grow in many different light settings. Bright indirect light is recommended, but low light will not harm a pothos either.
2. Snake Plants (Sansevieria/Dracaena trifasciata)
Snake plants are incredibly vast, accessible, affordable and easy to have for a beginning plant parent for the office or home.
These plants can also grow in a wide variety of lighting conditions and are very low maintenance. Snake plants tend to only need watering once per month and can grow very fast as high as 4 feet tall if cared for consistently.
Snake plants also come in a wide variety of variegations and kinds and are fun to collect. For example, my favorites are the Sansevieria laurentii, Sansevieria gracilis and the Sansevieria masoniana, each add their own unique flare to my space.
3. Money Trees (Pachira aquatica)
You may have heard about Money Trees from their common use in the Feng Shui practice, either way, they are a wonderful plant to have for beginners that is very easy to manage and grow indoors.
Money trees can also be great for beginners because they are very low maintenance and grow extremely fast which is a great confidence boost for new plant parents.
In terms of plant pests and infestations, money trees don’t present too many issues but can be very susceptible to “leaf spot” which is a common fungal disease. However, this can be solved with a good fungicide which are typically affordable.
4. Dwarf Monstera (Raphidophora Tetrasperma)
Dwarf Monstera plants are great for new plant parents because they are very quick growing and are low maintenance also.
One thing that I personally love about this plant is that out of all the plants I’ve ever had, the Dwarf monstera is the quickest growing. When I first purchased mines, it was under a foot tall and within a year it has grown to nearly four feet tall.
I am continuously amazed at how fast this plant grows in it’s ideal settings. There’s a new leaf unfurling almost every week.
5. Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
If you are a beginner to plants and don’t consider yourself to have a green thumb, a spider plant is an easily accessible and affordable plant that is low maintenance. Spider plants are also fairly easy to propagate (grow in water) in the event that you want to have more of them without purchasing them.
In addition to being easy to grow and maintain, spider plants have air cleansing properties. Spider plants remove many harmful chemicals and pollutants from the air such as carbon monoxide. Bonus: this plant is also safe and not toxic to pets.
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