Plants are a great addition to any home–they're green, they smell nice, and they're quite pretty to look at. They're also living things. But, for people who have more of a brown thumb than a green one, keeping a plant alive for a long period of time may seem like a daunting and near impossible task. Luckily for those people, nature has provided us with some plants that don't need a whole lot of tender loving care to keep their leaves green. Even for the worst gardener in the world, these plants will be easy to keep thriving inside and outside the home.
10 The Money Tree
This leafy friend may not grow actual money that you can use at the store, but it is still pretty valuable in the sense that it doesn't take a lot of effort to keep this cool-looking plant alive. The money tree (Pachira aquatica) thrives on partial sunlight and staying indoors, which makes this plant a great addition to any room. What's even better – you only need to water it about once a week!
9 Spider Plant
The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a go-to plant for anyone that wants a little bit of green in their life while having none of the gardening skill. It is known for being one of the most adaptable houseplants out there and requires very little maintenance. Just keep it in indirect sunlight and water it every few days or so and you'll have a flourishing green plant with tons of little spider-like leaves.
8 The Swiss Cheese Plant
While the Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa) doesn't actually produce anything close to Swiss cheese, it is a great plant for a windowsill or patio that doesn't take too much effort. This big, leafy plant originates from South America, where they thrive off of sunlight and love to sprawl. All you need to do is put it in a well-lit area and water the plant when the soil gets dry. For some added care, mist the leaves every once in a while–they love it.
7 Cast-Iron Plant
No sunshine? No problem with the cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior). This plant is a tough one and can survive almost anywhere and will even survive through a reasonable amount of neglect. While this plant looks great and shouldn't be stuffed into a dark corner somewhere, this plant does very well in low-light situations. It's perfect for anyone who is forgetful and doesn't have a lot of access to direct sunlight.
6 Kentia Palm
The Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), a native plant from Australia, does great indoors and can survive under some bad conditions like low-humidity, dust, heat, and general neglect. For optimal plant growth, it's best to leave the plant somewhere in the house that gets a lot of indirect natural light–placing it right by the window is not necessary. Even better, this plant loves staying in the same pot for years on end, which means even less work for you!
RELATED: Small Space Garden Hacks
5 Snake Plant
If you're easily forgetful and/or have a stuffy apartment with no light, then the snake plant (Sansevieria) would be great for you. These plants are resilient, and their leaves still look green and fresh even if they haven't been watered for weeks. They can survive low light levels, draughts, and have very few insect problems, which is all great news for the inexperienced gardener. Even more of a plus, research shows that these plants remove the toxins in the air around you, making this plant pretty and useful.
4 Sword Fern
Planted in the ground or hanging from the ceiling, sword ferns (Polystichum munitum) are a great addition to any garden, especially if you're not the best at keeping plants alive. They do the best in moist, shady areas so if you're looking for something to spruce up the bathroom in your apartment a little bit, this is the plant for you. Once grown in a pot, they can easily be transferred to an outdoor garden, or they can thrive indoors. This is the kind of plant that grows all over the place, so it will look like you put in a lot of effort to grow this giant plant when in reality all you need to do is just water it every few days or so.
RELATED: How To Garden With Allergies
3 Painted Echeveria
Everyone likes a nice succulent and while some of these adorable desert plants may be a little tricky to care for long-term, the painted echeveria (Echeveria nodulosa) is fairly easy to keep as a plant. Like other succulents, they store water in their leaves so you only need to do a little spritz of water every few days or so to keep the soil cool and damp. To keep the plant happy, try placing it on a windowsill for optimal growth.
2 Aloe Vera
If you're looking for a plant with a purpose, then go no further than getting some aloe plants. Everyone's been sunburnt before, so the next time that happens you could avoid going to the store for some gel and just cracking open a leaf to get that good stuff. It's pretty easy to keep an aloe plant alive–just keep it by a well-lit window (but not too close to it or it will burn) and water it every week to two weeks. Just those few simple steps and you'll have an endless supply of that super useful aloe gel.
1 Air Plants
Even though all the other plants on this list are pretty easy to take care of, there still is the issue of having the right soil for those plants to live on. If soil is too hard for you and you still want some plants in your home, then air plants (Tillandsia) are for you because they don't even need soil. They live on other plants/objects and get their nutrients from the air around them. Pretty cool, right? All they need is a little misting every so often, and even if you don't do that they'll probably turn out just fine!