A load of plants that you don't need green fingers for

If you struggle to keep plants alive, then try one from this list. We've found the best hard to kill plants.

Emma
25 November 2014

I set out to write an article titled "8 Plants That You Don’t Need Green Fingers For", I could think of about 5 plants off the top of my head so I thought 8 was going to be a little more tricky.

However I just kept finding more and more great plants that you can grow in your home or in the garden that are difficult to kill. I kept changing the title from 8, until I gave up changing the title. So here are a load of plants that are going to put up a fight for survival no matter how much you neglect them. A few of them will actually suffer from too much love.

 

Easy to care for Aloe Vera plantAloe Vera

This is a useful plant to have around, the gel inside the leaves is widely used to sooth irritated skin and cool burns. It’s happy to live outdoors in warm climates but also perfectly happy living in a pot indoors.

Likes
  • To dry out before being watered again (which can take 2-3 weeks)
  • 8-10 hours sunshine
  • Happy to be pot bound
  • Happy to live in desert like conditions
Dislikes
  • Being too wet
  • Cold climates

Easy to care for Snake plantSnake Plant

Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue or ribbon plant, this plant is great for those who go away for two weeks. Happy indoors or outdoors in dry shady areas. For your lack or love and care it will reward you with clean air.

 

 

 

 

Likes
  • Being ignored
  • Happy to be pot bound
  • Doesn't mind low light
  • To dry out before being watered again (which can take 2-3 weeks)
  • Being indoors
  • Happy to be outdoors in dry, shady areas
Dislikes
  • Direct sun
  • Being too wet

Easy to care for Rubber plantRubber Plant

Loved in the 70's, the Rubber Plant can change colour.  When placed in lots of light, the leaves will be dark green and with less light they'll be a lighter green.

 

Likes
  • Lots of indirect light
  • To dry out before being watered again
  • Being dusted occasionally with a damp cloth
Dislikes
  • Being watered too much, the leaves will turn yellow/brown and fall off
  • Direct sun

Easy to care for Lucky Bamboo plantLucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo is not a bamboo at all, but rather a type of Dracaena. This cool plant can be twisted into shapes or spirals. Growing in just water is the simplest way to keep it, as you only need to change the water every 2-4 weeks. Just ensure the roots are covered by water, roots will grow up to the water level so keep a high water level to increase roots. The more roots there are the more green leaves on top.

 

Likes
  • Little light
  • Happy to grow just in water
  • Being indoors
Dislikes
  • Direct sunlight

Easy to care for Peace Lily plantPeace Lily

Peace lilies are great for cleaning the air.  In more light they'll produce more flowers but too much light won’t do it any good. Prefers to be under watered, check the soil once a week and if it’s damp don’t water.  Some people wait for it to droop before watering again.

 

Likes
  • Medium to low light
  • Being under watered
  • A shower once a year to dust off
  • Being indoors
Dislikes
  • Being over watered

Easy to care for Echeverias or succulent plantEcheverias

Echeverias are happy to be either indoors or outdoors in desert conditions and can survive for a ridiculous amount of time between watering. There are over 150 different varieties in many different colours and shapes. They can be grown from a leaf pulled off another plant and laid on top of the soil.

Likes
  • Indoor or outdoor desert conditions
  • Lieks to dry out before being watered
  • Full sun
Dislikes
  • Too much water
  • Being disturbed too much as their leaves are delicate and will just fall off

Easy to care for Kentia Palms plantKentia Palms

Kentia Palms are native to Lord Howe Island and can easily be grown indoors. They can grow to 60ft outdoors and 5-12ft indoors. They are not fussy about light or humidity and there is need to prune them.

Likes
  • To be watered when dry - indoor
  • Indoor plants like to be misted every now and then as a treat
Dislikes
  • Freezing conditions

Easy to care for String of Pearls plantString of Pearls

String of pearls is a bit vine like so great for tall containers or hanging pots. Pruning is usually necessary and a new plant can be grown by placing a cutting in a pot of soil. It is toxic so keep out of the reach of pets or children.

Likes
  • To be indoors
  • To be watered when dry
  • Tall containers or hanging baskets
  • Bright light
  • Being pruned
Dislikes
  • Shade
  • Over watering

Easy to care for Haworthia Fasciata or Zebra plantHaworthia fasciata

Haworthia fasciata also known as Zebra plant likes bright light, but not direct sunlight if the leaves turn white it means it’s getting too much sun.

 

Likes
  • Bright light
  • To dry out before watering
  • Living indoors in a pot
Dislikes
  • Direct sunlight

Easy to care for Ghost plantGhost Plants

Ghost plants have colour changing abilities. Full sun is the best location for them, but those in partial shade have bluish-grey tones. Those in full sun tend to be yellowish-pink, pearlescent and slightly translucent. Those in punishing heat turn grey with pink overtones. Grows from just a leaf laid on top of the soil.

 

Likes
  • Full sun but doesn't mind partial shade
  • To dry out before watering
  • Indoors or outdoors in desert like conditions
Dislikes
  • Being too wet
  • Freezing conditions
  • Being disturbed too much as their leaves are delicate and will just fall off

Easy to care for Burro's Tail plantBurro's Tail

Burro’s tail is happy to be dry-ish in a sunny position, both indoors or outdoors.

 

Likes
  • Sunny positions
  • Tall or hanging containers
Dislikes
  • Being disturbed too much as their leaves are delicate and will just fall off

Easy to care for Geranium plantGeraniums

Geraniums are an easy plant to grow with a pretty flower, they do require a little watering but are ok if you don’t remember all the time.

Likes
  • To be warm
  • Indoors or outdoors
  • 6-8 hours of sunlight
  • To be deheaded
Dislikes
  • Freezing conditions

Easy to care for Bromeliad plantBromeliad

Bromeliad are short lived plants so you don’t need to feel guilty when they do die. Water collects in centre (cup), fill up the cup when watering and empty it out every now and then to rid it of dead leaves or insects.

 

Likes
  • Medium to bright light
  • Happy to live in a small shallow pot
Dislikes
  • Dark shade
  • Freezing conditions

Easy to care for Coneflower plantConeflower

Coneflower comes in a variety of different colours. It’s pretty drought resistant but does require some watering if it is too dry for a long time. It’s a great butterfly attractor.

 

Likes
  • To live outdoors
  • Full sun
  • Poor soil conditions
Dislikes
  • Too much shade
  • Freezing conditions

Easy to care for Cosmos plantCosmos

Cosmos come in many colours and varieties, Cosmos atrosanguineus the chocolate cosmos, is a popular choice. They will need staking in windy conditions, so for ease, plant out of the wind. They grow happily outdoors from seeds scattered around and will self-seed each year. Deheading is great to promote better plant growth.

Likes
  • Hot dry conditions
  • Poor to average soil conditions
  • Being deheaded
Dislikes
  • Wind

Easy to care for Yarrow plantYarrow

Achillea millefolium - Yarrow is actually a herb so can be grown in either your flower bed or your herb garden. It comes in many different colours but beware it can be invasive if it is too happy so may require some removal.

Likes
  • Full Sun
  • Outdoors
  • Well drained soil
  • Any soil type
  • To be underwatered
Dislikes
  • Drought - so will require a little water in very dry areas

Easy to care for Sedum plantSedum

Sedum has many different varieties and colour variations. It’s really easy to look after, only requiring additional watering in times of drought.

Likes
  • Lots of Sun
  • Little Water
  • Outdoors
Dislikes
  • Over watering

Easy to care for Zinnia plantZinnia

Zinnia is usually grown outdoors from seeds scattered over the flower bed as the roots don’t like being disturbed. There are lots of different varieties and colours so it’s very easy to have a whole bed full of these. They do require deheading and pinching to promote bushier growth.

Likes
  • Outdoors
  • Being pinched
  • Being deheaded
Dislikes
  • Having it's roots disturbed

Easy to care for Yucca plantYucca

Yucca are a popular house plant but they have leaves that are sharp so you don’t want to brush past them. Removing a yucca isn’t that easy as it can regrow from any remaining root. It’s a good idea to cut old leaves away in the spring.

Likes
  • Indoors and Outdoors
  • Full sun or indirect sunlight
  • Any soil as long as it's well drained
  • Waiting until it's dry to be watered
  • Doesn't mind temps as cold as 100F
Dislikes
  • Nothing

Easy to care for Orchid plantOrchid

Phalaenopsis orchid, often called the moth orchid is by far my favourite of them all with its long lasting blooms (approx. 2-3 months). It’s a good idea to repot them every 2-3 years.

Likes
  • Being kept moist
  • Diffused or low light
  • High humidity
  • Indoors
Dislikes
  • Drying out
  • Direct sunlight

There you have it, even if you don’t have green fingers you can still enjoy beautiful flowers and strange looking plants in your home and in your garden. In return for your neglect they will happily reward your lack of attention, with gorgeous blooms, funky leaves and cleaner air.

Happy Growing!

 

N.B. This article has been written for Australian gardens. If you're reading this from around the world, we do hope you've found it a useful stepping stone for your own further research.



Comments (10)

Thank you. I will like to know more about differwnt types of plants
, 21 August 2016
Great information it has help me thank you."
28 July 2016

Chain if Pearls

Jenni Harley, arecyou in SA? Happy to share string of pearls with you. And totally agree about the price of succulents......so easy to propagate, why soooo expensive?
, 27 July 2016
I have been trying to get a chain of pearls plant or at least a piece of one. I see them all the time in pictures abd on gardening shows but so far no luck. When succulents so easy to grow why have they become so expensive?
, 24 July 2016

Very helpful

Thanks for all the great information and tips. I have a new wish list now. Any tips for W.A. Full sun tropical plants please??
, 18 June 2016


Hoselink Response
Agave are easy to care for and they are very happy in full sun.