I’ve made it no secret how hard the path from black-to-green thumb has been for me. I envy those that are gifted with the talent to garden naturally (my mother being one of those people, I grew up with beautiful gardens and houseplants my entire childhood!) Luckily for those of us without that talent there are a few plants that can withstand our neglect and abuse while we’re learning. Here, I’ve gathered up my favorite hard to kill houseplants for black thumbs!
Cast Iron Plant
The name itself evokes the sturdiness of this plant. It’s a staple in the arsenal of indestructible plants and flourishes under the most blatant neglect!
This was one of my very first college plant success stories! The snake plant is very common houseplant at many garden centers so you won’t have to hunt high and low to find one. It’s also sometimes referred to as “Mother-in-law’s tongue” because of it’s sharp pointed leaves. (No one has a sharp tongued mother-in-law out there do you?)
It’s hard to kill something that doesn’t even require soil! Simply soak your air plant in water a few hours a week and they’ll thrive for you. Air plants are really surging in popularity right now and can be displayed in many creative ways like the gorgeous planters from World Market above.
Begonias are one of my very favorite easy to care for plants. I put them on my porch every year and keep them indoors as well. Their waxy leaves help them retain water for those of us that may be slightly forgetful when it comes to that chore! Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering and water even less when overwintering indoors. They come in many different colors-I like to make full mixed plantings of them for extra effect!
Succulents are all the rage in decor right now and luckily it’s a trend even the worse black thumbs can hop on! Whether you pick up some cacti or hens and chicks, you’ll find the choices are numerous and can withstand neglect. Water once a week after letting soil dry completely out. See my eggshell succuluent planter, DIY succuluent terrarium or PVC pipe succulent planters for inspiration!
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle leaf figs are another super trendy plant right now. You can’t open a shelter magazine without seeing their large geometric leaves gracing the background of beautifully designed rooms. While not always easy to find, they are easy to care for. Water deeply once a week and don’t panic if they drop leaves when you rearrange furniture-they respond to the change this way and will sprout new ones before long. (I learned this after my dog kept attacking mine and they came back from near death!) If you can’t find them locally I have ordered them from Home Depot with great results and IKEA usually stocks them as well.
How many of you out there are natural green thumbs? Would you add any other plants to my list of indestructible houseplants?