6 Easy-to-Grow, Can’t Kill Houseplants for Beginners

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6 Easy-to-Grow, Can't-Kill Houseplants For Beginners – Wit & Delight

There’s something very magical about filling a home with greenery. No matter the space or size, it seems lush, and happy houseplants always know the way to livening up any room. These little guys do everything in their might to lift our spirits, and yet why do so many of us fall short when keeping them alive?

Please tell me you’ve had your fair share of killing plants, right?


Yet after a little research — and a lot of plant-killing guilt — I finally found the best houseplants for beginners. Yes, these will need a bit of water and TLC, but other than that these plants are easy to grow and pretty tough to kill.

Trust me, if I can cultivate a green thumb, you can. Everyone can. The whole world can. So whether you’re looking for some greenery to thrive in your apartment, office, dorm room, or even a dark, dismal corner, these plants have your back!

6 Easy-to-Grow, Can't-Kill Houseplants For Beginners – Wit & Delight1. Prayer Plant

Adored for its fun foliage, the Prayer Plant is a hardy indoor plant that is super easy to grow and maintain. This type of houseplant does best in bright, indirect sunlight. Although, it can be somewhat tolerant of dimly-lit areas, too. Feed it with warm water about every two weeks while showing it some love, and it will do the rest of the work for you.

6 Easy-to-Grow, Can't-Kill Houseplants For Beginners – Wit & Delight2. Split Leaf Philodendron

When it comes to impossible-to-kill-house-plants, the Split Leaf Philodendron will always take the crown. This large-and-in-charge houseplant makes a great addition to any space. It thrives when exposed to bright, indirect light (even artificial light!) and should be kept evenly moist. The best part? This plant even grows edible fruit that tastes like pineapple. Plus, you can cut off one of the huge leaves and keep it in a vase for up to a month. Talk about a win-win!

6 Easy-to-Grow, Can't-Kill Houseplants For Beginners – Wit & Delight3. Air Plants

Three words: no soil required. These tiny plants redefine little-to-no-maintenance, as they only require about a misting every now and then. Even if you consider yourself to be the most neglectful gardener, you can keep these babies alive.

6 Easy-to-Grow, Can't-Kill Houseplants For Beginners – Wit & Delight4. Lucky Bamboo

If you’re looking to infuse some fresh air into your office space, the Lucky Bamboo is for you. Not only does this perennial plant thrive in even the stalest of working conditions (bad lighting, poor air quality, sporadically watered, etc.), but it’s also believed to enhance positive energy and bring about good luck. Who knows, that luck could bring about a promotion?!

6 Easy-to-Grow, Can't-Kill Houseplants For Beginners – Wit & Delight5. Ponytail Palm

Also known as the Bottle Palm, this plant is another low-maintenance winner. With its large, long truck that stores water, this palm is practically indestructible. It is happiest when watered once a week and situated in an extra sunny spot.

6 Easy-to-Grow, Can't-Kill Houseplants For Beginners – Wit & Delight 6. Succulents and Cacti

I bet you knew this one was coming. But how could succulents and cacti not be on a houseplants-for-beginners list!? Forget maintenance — these plants practically thrive on neglect. These cuties can seriously take the heat, so be sure to place them in the sunniest spot of a space. Window sills are a great option. Water sparingly and they will be your forever companion!

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BY Kathryn - November 23, 2018

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November 23, 2018 3:46 pm

I had a ponytail palm years ago, and it was so easy to keep alive. Yes, I’ve killed a LOT of house plants, lol. Another suggestion is aloe. I’ve had one for 5 years, it sits on our balcony, and I don’t do ANYTHING.

November 24, 2018 7:03 am

I once actually managed to kill a bamboo… but had better luck with cactuses. Definitely want to give it a go and try growing succulents – great post!

Mary Cornish
November 25, 2018 4:50 am

I’m going to try a Ponytail Palm, very pretty. At this time I have 80 or so plants on my porch . One of my favorite is Desert Rose another easy plant.

November 25, 2018 2:37 pm

I’m a big lover of cacti!!!


Sophia Jenny
November 26, 2018 7:22 am

Thank you so much for sharing these amazing tips. I must say you are an incredible writer, I love the way that you describe the things. Please keep sharing. 

November 26, 2018 3:36 pm

I definitely killed a ponytail palm that I got from IKEA. I don’t think I had it in the right size pot though.

I recommend the ZZ plant. I have had mine for over three years and it’s flourishing!

Luana Weaver
November 26, 2018 4:34 pm

I have killed most of these. I don’t have a brown thumb, it is black and shriveled . . . It used to drive my mother crazy as she could grow anything from seed, cuttings (even ones in her sweater pocket that she forgot for a week). She used to have me on a plant rotation where I would return my browning potfuls for a fresh plant. She would then revive it.

November 27, 2018 11:05 am

I have killed 5 of the 6 listed. 😬 I think I’ll give a snake plant a try next. Wish me luck!

November 30, 2018 12:00 am

I have a snake plant and so far so good. Can’t say the same about the cacti though. 🙁

Rachel Szaruta
April 25, 2019 4:05 am

My parents have a peace lily that I’m pretty sure is as old as I am…it comes within an inch of its life, gets watered, then bounces right back!

September 18, 2019 6:38 am

Your blog is filled with unique good articles! I was impressed how well you express your thoughts.

October 31, 2019 8:08 am

Great blog! I do like plants and had many of them outside. I wanna put plants inside my house but the succulent I had before died. Looking at your article, the air plant looks stunning! Plan to give them a try.

December 12, 2019 4:34 am

After a period of planting, you will see a lot of dust on the leaves. You just need to wipe the leaves to clean them to continue the task of sucking dirt in the air.

January 17, 2020 4:23 am

There is a such a fabulous range of plant containers out there – pair them with an amazing plant and your room comes to life in a flash.

May 13, 2020 11:34 am

Thank you i like your blog

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