Five Household Plants for a Black Thumb

Hi Girl Creative friends. It’s Kayla from Home Coming, back this month to tell you about my dirty little secret.

I have a black thumb.

I’ve killed hundreds of plants in my 30 years (and even a couple of goldfish, but that’s another story) and I’m not proud of it. Growing up, my mom had the most beautiful gardens and she made it look effortless. But me? I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t even get indoor plants to stay alive, let alone an entire outdoor garden worth!

But I just keep getting back on that horse and trying with new household plants, and I think I’ve finally cracked the code (with my mom’s help, of course)!  Yes, it turns out there are plants that I can’t kill. There are some that need minimal watering, and others that don’t need much sunlight. My world is now complete.

Five Household Plants that You Won’t Kill

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1) Succulents

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Succulents are all the rage right now, and it’s no wonder why. Not only are they beautiful and look pretty darn nice in just about any room, they store water, so you don’t have to water them very much. I bought my succulents at Ikea for $2.99 – 3.99 a piece, and planted them in some stylish pots from Target. Check out my quick tutorial on how to plant succulents on my blog!

2) Aloe Vera

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Much like succulents, Aloe Vera also stores water so it won’t need to be watered often. Probably once every 1-2 weeks. And while AV likes the sun, it can easily turn brown if exposed to too much sun, so be sure to keep your Aloe Vera in indirect light.

3) Philodendron

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This plant is yet another one that you don’t have to water very often. It’s advised to let the soil dry out before watering again (can you see the theme yet?). Any type of light is fine for this pretty thing. Some say (aka. my mom) this plant is the most tolerant of all house plants. Image source.

4) Snake Plant

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This plant makes just about everyone’s “top” list for easy houseplants to care for. While a snake plant is technically a succulent, I decided to break it out into it’s own category because it doesn’t look like the succulents that are all the craze now. But they function the same. Preserving water = minimal watering. Let the soil dry between watering. And best of all, this plant can live in just about any light. Image source.

5) Peace Lily

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I’ve got a theme running here, so you can probably guess this one too. Water when soil is dry. Probably once a week. Some sites even say you can wait for the plant to droop slightly before watering. Grows best in medium, indirect sunlight. Image source.

Simple right? So who’s bringing some green into their house in honor of Spring?

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  1. Someone gave me an Orchid plant for my birthday a few weeks back and I was surprised that I’ve only had to water it about once a week, if that! It’s still blooming and looking lovely over a month later…which I realize isn’t a huge amount of time, but hey, it’s a start! šŸ™‚

  2. I would add Chinese Evergreen to your list! I have a black thumb also, so I understand šŸ™‚

  3. I haven’t tried any of these others, but the only plant I’ve managed to keep alive is the peace lily — and I’ve had the same one for TWELVE YEARS! Seriously! I had to divide it into two pots once and that trauma didn’t even kill it! Highly recommend! I throw the leftover water from my glass on my night stand most days, or wait for it to droop!

    1. Leslie, that’s amazing! Twelve years?!? I haven’t kept anything alive that long. Ha. Very impressive!!

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