House Plants That Are Hard to Kill

Houseplants freshen the air and create a tropical atmosphere when placed indoors. Some are a challenge to care for and need specific light, moisture and fertilizer requirements. However, there are several houseplants that take little care, so they are good choices for beginners and those who don't have much time for plant maintenance. These plants qualify as houseplants that are hard to kill.

Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) grows slowly in low light conditions. It has broad green leaves and is cold tolerant. The cast iron plant can go without water for days.


The ficus (Ficus benjamina) is a small tree that likes water but is not particular about location as long as the light level and temperature remain consistent. It prefers to be rootbound, so you'll never need another plant container unless the ficus gets really big.

Snake Plant

The snake plant (Sansevieria) grows slowly and can take dry air and low levels of moisture for extended periods of time. It does well in low light situations.

Pothos Ivy

The pothos ivy (Epipremnum aureum ) grows really fast and can be cut back as needed. It needs regular watering, but survives with low levels of light and fertilizer.

Spider Plant

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) reproduces from aerial roots that can be removed and planted to make new plants. It grows under low light conditions and can go long periods without water and then recover.

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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.