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15 REAL (Not Plastic) Plants That Don’t Require a Green Thumb

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plants that don't require a green thumb — english ivy

It’s (not always so) easy being green.

The ultimate in trendy decor that freshens up any living space is real greenery. Unfortunately, many plants can die if you don’t have a green thumb, so it can be pretty tough finding the perfect plant for your home.

No gardening gene? No worries!

We’ve rounded up our favorite plants that are next to impossible to kill (available on TheSill.com – with up to a 1-year guarantee!). And they’re all under $20!

Start clearing some space to display your new low-maintenance greenery!


1. Spider Plant

plants that don't require a green thumb — spider plant

Don’t let the name fool you, these plants are actually quite festive looking. The long green and white shoots only resemble the shape of spider legs, though they’re perfect for hanging pots due to the flowing leaves. Plus, it’s the greenery that keeps on growing since mature plants will grow small plantlets at the end of their stems that you can re-pot for an additional plant!

Conditions they love: Medium to bright light and watering at the base every few days.
Make it your own: Spider Plant in 4″ pot $13


2. Pothos Neon

plants that don't require a green thumb — pothos neon

Also known as Neon Devil’s Ivy, it’s pretty obvious why this plant has “neon” in the name — just look at that vibrant hue! You’d think these need tons of maintenance to keep them beautiful but they require minimal upkeep. This plant does well whether it’s in a pot or a hanging basket, though we think they look best high up on a shelf where the vines can dangle down naturally.

Conditions they love: Low to medium light and watering once a week.
Make it your own: 4″ Pothos Neon $8


3. Shamrock Plant

plants that don't require a green thumb — shamrock "good luck" plant

Shamrocks – they’re not just for St. Paddy’s Day! These fun and festive plants can grow in shades of green to purple and will bloom periodically with little white or pink flowers — you won’t even believe how beautiful they become. The best time to get your hands on one of these plants is in the spring around (you guessed it) St. Patrick’s Day!

Conditions they love: Bright, indirect light and watering once a week.
Make it your own: “Good Luck” Plant 20 bulbs $10


4. Snake Plant

plants that don't require a green thumb — snake plant

The name sounds a tad frightening but this plant is sneakily easy to care for. It stands tall with thick, robust green leaves speckled with yellow accents that will do well in most conditions. Perfect for a corner decor piece in any room of the house or even at your office!

Conditions they love: Low light and watering once a month.
Make it your own: Snake Plant Laurentii 4″ $11


5. Peace Lily

plants that don't require a green thumb — peace lily

This plant looks as tranquil as it sounds. A simple bloom of a white with golden center lily is the perfect easy-to-care-for plant as it requires minimal light and watering. It even detoxifies the air! But in light of all its great qualities, this plant may be better suited for the office if you have pets as it’s poisonous to dogs and cats if eaten.

Conditions they love: Low to medium light and watering once a week.
Make it your own: Peace Lily in 4″ pot $12


6. Aloe

plants that don't require a green thumb — aloe vera

Also referred to as aloe vera, you’re probably already familiar with this plant’s name if you’ve ever had a sunburn before. These are perfect houseplants as they’re pretty, easy to care for, AND serve a purpose. Whenever you want to get some of the soothing gel from a stalk, simply snap it off and apply!

Conditions they love: Medium to bright light and watering once a month.
Make it your own: Aloe Vera 4″ $10


7. English Ivy

plants that don't require a green thumb — english ivy

This simple and elegant looking vine is pretty versatile — planted indoors, it will trickle down toward furniture from a pot. Planted outside, and you’ve got some serious ground, wall, or tree cover (but if it’s not maintained, it will aggressively spread). What’s really great about this plant though is that you can technically get it for free (with permission from the plant’s owner). Just ask for a trimming from an existing live vine and stick it in some soil. The roots will regenerate on their own.

Conditions they love: Medium to bright light and watering once a week.
Make it your own: English Ivy 4″ pot $7


8. Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)

plants that don't require a green thumb — aglaonema

Eye-catching with their huge white-speckled dark green leaves, these plants will also visibly dictate what they need. The lighter varieties love brighter rooms (though the light should be indirect), and you’ll notice a bit of drooping whenever they need more water.

Conditions they love: Medium light and watering once a week.
Make it your own: Chinese Evergreen in .9 qt. pot $11


9. Rubber Plant

plants that don't require a green thumb — rubber tree plant

This plant looks too good to be real! It features large deep green and burgundy leaves with some serious shine. Plus by sticking it outside in the summer to really soak in some light, it can mature to a full-on Rubber Tree adding a sharp “wow” element to any room!

Conditions they love: Low to medium light and watering once a week.
Make it your own:  Rubber Tree in 4″ pot $8


10. Fiddle Leaf Fig

plants that don't require a green thumb — fiddle leaf fig

Appropriately named for its large waxy leaves that resemble a fiddle, this tree will make a big impact on any room’s decor — literally, as they can grow up to 6′ tall! If you need something to make a statement without having to fuss over it, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is your new best friend.

Conditions they love: Medium to bright light and watering once a week.
Make it your own: Fiddle Leaf Fig tree in 6″ pot $18


11. Heart Leaf Philodendron

plants that don't require a green thumb — heart leaf philodendron

The gorgeous heart-shaped leaves on this plant cascade over the edge of any pot making it another great hanging option. Plus, this plant will pretty much tell you when it needs to be watered — yellow leaves mean too much watering and brown leaves mean the soil is too dry.

Conditions they love: Low to bright light (indirect) and watering weekly.
Make it your own: Philodendron Green 4″ $6


12. Jade Plant

plants that don't require a green thumb — jade plant

Part succulent, part tree, all glamour. The thick, dense leaves can have a range of color from green to deep ruby. These trees have been known to symbolize luck and good fortune, and fortunately for you, they’re pretty easy to care for! Overwatering leads to root rot, so just test to see when the soil is dry as an indicator for some water.

Conditions they love: Bright light and watering when dry.
Make it your own:  Jade Plant in 4″ pot $11


13. Peperomia

plants that don't require a green thumb — peperomia

You could make a mini forest of peperomia with all the color and shape options available! These low-maintenance potted plants do well with basic care, and their pet-friendly nature makes them a great plant for any home!

Conditions they love: Low to medium light and watering once a week.
Make it your own: Peperomia Marble 4″ $8 | Peperomia Rosso 4″ $8 | Peperomia Green 4″ $8


14. Ficus

plants that are hard to kill — ficus tree

These popular indoor trees are great to fill large spaces as their canopies stretch out much further than their thin trunks. While most enjoy bright indirect light, there are some varieties that grow just fine in lower lit spaces. They are fairly easy to care for, though if yours starts to lose its leaves, try relocating it to a brighter spot with a stable temperature and only water when the soil is dry.

Conditions they love: Medium to bright light and watering once a week.
Make it your own: Weeping Fig Tree Ficus Benjamina 6″ pot $10


15. Parlor Palm

plants that don't require a green thumb — parlor palm

This air purifying tall palm gives any space a fresh tropical vibe. Plus, they’re great for beginners as they adapt to low levels of light and humidity. They’ll even sprout flowers if given enough light!

Conditions they love: Low to bright light and watering once a week.
Make it your own: Parlor Palm 4″ $8



Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.

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Comments 26

  1. Jennifer E.

    I only buy plants from The Sill (online) and I love purchasing through them! They always arrive early and in perfect condition! Definitely recommend them.

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I’m glad you’re a fan of their site, Jennifer! Buying plants sight unseen can be kind of tricky, especially when shipping in various climates is involved. We love The Sill because of their quality guarantee 🌱Happy planting!

  2. Happyjoy

    Heads up peace lily poisonous to cats and dogs, a flower i love to grow nasturtium they are. edible and love bad soil they are spicy good on salads i buy seeds at lowes use sandpaper to grind seeds a bit then plant

  3. K

    Hate to admit this but I’ve killed a few of these on the list lol

    • Jen

      LMAO!!!

    • misti

      Lol me too the spider plant doesn’t do well in my house and I have managed to kill a snake plant.

    • JES

      Lol, me too

    • Rita

      You are not alone! I have killed half these. Probably by overwatering….

  4. a

    Watering at the base for spider plant? In that case I totally recommend that one! I have mine in a pot outside (110 degree summers here). I forget to water it for weeks and then I water it, always soaking it at the top 😂 it always looks beautiful, it’s a trooper 👍

  5. Josie

    Peace Lily needs water about once a week – or when the leaves start to bend down. If you water once a month, it will be long dead.

    • Leslie

      I definitely agree!! I call my peace lily the “drama plant” because if it doesn’t get water every few days or so, the leaves droop over all dramatically like it is dying.😂

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Josie! You’re absolutely right, we had a typo in the post! Thank you for pointing that out 😊

  6. J. Sweet.

    Thank you for posting this!! We have such low light (and a very nibbly cat) that I don’t own any house plants! I may end up owning one now!!!!

  7. Ang

    I’m killing my aloe fast. Any tips? 🙂

    • Lin-z

      Put it outside and leave it alone. Aloe requires high sun and little water.

  8. Denise

    i would love to have an indoor plant but i have cats and worried they may get sick. Can anyone recommend a safe and easy to maintain plant that is safe for animals? Thank you for this post

  9. klvnh

    A great bachelorette party gift is a rubber tree with a whole bunch of “rubbers” rubberbanded to the leaves. It’s always been a hit as a gift.

  10. allanyc

    Question. Can any of these plants be planted outside in small garden?

    • njustice

      it depends where you live. they can certainly be taken outside in the summer. just make sure if they are in a pot they have good drainage or they can get over watered by the rain.

      • allanyc

        Thank you.

  11. 50ShadesofLipstick

    I’ve managed to kill bamboo and even a cactus once. I only keep succulents now…guess I have a black thumb LOL

  12. Alla

    Yaaay for Emily. Buffalonian here 😉 Thanks for the great tips. I’ve got few plants on my windows sills and honestly can’t have enough 😆 I’ve bought them 2-3 years ago and my geranium was about to die, but barely saved it this spring with those plant spikes (food for plant). I’ve got aloe, asiatic Lilly, kalanchoe, geranium, orchid, and mini succulent cactus. Thank you for this post H2S and team. You just made my plants to get list longer 😄

    • Emily (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi Alla! Thanks for the tip about the plant spikes. I always see them but have yet to give them a try, but I’m glad to hear that they work! Can’t wait for you to try out some more of the plant varieties we listed. Thanks for reading!

  13. DJ

    Thanks for the tips! I will get rid of my English Ivy. I bought it dead at a home improvement store and it is thriving in my front yard. I didn’t realize it could grow out of control. I thought it was good to keep mosquitoes in check.

    • HeyItsYess

      We had a terrible English Ivy problem when we first bought our home. That thing was out of control. Literally, we could not see the ground in our front yard. It took forever to kill it. I tried everything from natural and finally ended up going heavy with the chemicals. We got rid of it and have noticed that the mosquito problem is much better now and also the spiders seem to have gone away. Btw thank you Hip2Save! This list is awesome.

  14. Two black thumbs

    Thanks so much for this post! I have killed several on this list but there are a few I haven’t tried yet. Maybe I will have some luck with one of them🙈

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