Updated: Aug 8, 2019
These sturdy beauties can handle a little neglect.
Green thumb or not, these indoor plants are tough enough to withstand (almost) any neglect from their owners. If your home ends up with one of these nearly indestructible greens, just try to remember to tend to its low-maintenance needs and you should be good to go.
Where to go in your local area for artificial and air plants:
Chinese Evergreen - "Buy something that likes to live the way you do - If you're more of a waterer, an excellent plant is a Chinese evergreen." It's super forgiving if you overdo it on H2O, and it comes in tons of different varieties.
Asparagus Fern - This fluffy plant tolerates a lot more abuse than other ferns — thanks to the fact that it's technically not a fern. Asparagus setaceus adapts to both bright spots and darker corners. Keep the soil moist and it'll thrive.
Fiddle Leaf Fig - These trendy trees have more than just lush foliage going for them. Their hardy disposition can adapt to most bright locations (minus direct sunlight). Water generously in the summer and slow it down when winter comes.
Guiana Chestnut - More commonly known as money tree, Pachira aquatica frequently features a braided trunk. You'll want to stick it in a spot with bright, indirect light and water frequently — its native habitat is a swamp.
Chinese Money Plant - Here's another plant with fortuitous associations, although it also goes by the adorable nickname "Pancake Plant." Pilea peperomioides prefers a shady spot (or winter windowsill) and weekly watering. Bonus: You can replant the offshoots that sprout from the base of the stem and keep money plants all over your house.
Yucca - The recipe for a happy yucca is easy: sun, sun, and more sun. Water sparingly and plant in a deep container to prevent the top-heavy woody stems from toppling over.
African Violets - One of the most popular houseplants in the world, this flowering favorite blooms several times per year. Keep it thriving in bright but indirect light with moist soil. Good drainage and an African violet fertilizer administered every other week can help too.
Peperomia - These waxy plants do best in more humid conditions than trendy succulents. Bring 'em work too — the species even flourishes under fluorescent lights.
Air Plant - Don't worry about testing the soil. Tillandsia grows without dirt altogether. "Just dunk them in water for about two or three hours every 10 days or so.