These 15 Plants Will Stay Alive and Thrive Even Without a Green Thumb

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Gorgeous plants without the hassle!

You’ve got a lot on your plate, and high-maintenance decor can oftentimes be too much to handle. That’s not the case with these trendy easy care indoor plants because they’re all next to impossible to kill and many of them are under $20!

1. Golden Pothos

costa farms golden pothos devil's ivy

Also known as Devil’s Ivy, between the beautiful rich leaves and cascading appearance, you’d think these plants would 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.

2. Snake Plant

potted snake plant by chair

The name sounds a tad frightening, but this plant is sneakily easy to care for. Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, these plants stand 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!

3. Shamrock Plant

white flower on shamrock 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!

4. Peace Lily

green plants with leaves and white flowers sitting on store shelf

This plant looks as tranquil as it sounds. A simple bloom of a white with golden center lily is the perfect easy care indoor 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.

5. Spider Plant

easy care 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

6. Aloe

small green aloe pants sitting in soil pots

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 easy to care for indoor plants are not only visually pleasing, but they also serve a purpose. Whenever you want to get some of the soothing gel from a stalk, simply snap it off and apply it!

7. English Ivy

english ivy spilling out of a hanging container dangling from a rope on the wall

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 is that you can technically get it for free (with permission from the plant’s owner). Just ask for trimming from an existing live vine and stick it in some soil. The roots will regenerate on their own.

8. Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)

hand holding a green plant

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.

9. Rubber Plant

rubber plant in grower's pot

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 6″ pot

10. Fiddle Leaf Fig

hand holding a white pot with fiddle leaf tree inside

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.

11. Heart Leaf Philodendron

easy care indoor plant - heart leaf philodendron

The gorgeous heart-shaped leaves on this plant cascade over the edge of any pot making it another great hanging option, which is also frequently mistaken for the Golden Pothos that we shared above. This plant will also tell you when it needs to be watered — yellow leaves mean too much watering and brown leaves mean the soil is too dry.

12. Jade Plant

hand holding small jade plant

Part succulent, part tree, all glamour. The thick, dense leaves can have a range of colors 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.

13. Peperomia

small green easy care indoor plant with leaves in terracotta planter on table

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!

14. Ficus

ficus bonsai tree plants

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. These easy care indoor plants don’t require much tending to, 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.

15. Parlor Palm

hand holding a green leaf plant on concrete floor

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!

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Comments 23

  1. lydia

    Snake plants and pothos are very good beginner plants. Aloe and succulents as well, as long as you don’t overwater and they get plenty of sun.
    Fiddle Leaf Figs however are extremely finicky and need the exact right temperature, light and water to thrive long-term.

    • Jackie linton

      I have Those plants for over fifteen years indoor

  2. JES

    I strongly disagree with this article! I have personally killed over half of the plants on this list! 😂😂😂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh darn! Sorry to hear that, JES! Hoping you have success if you decide to give any of these another try!

    • Lori

      Me too JES!!

    • Susan

      Yes me too!!! 🤣
      Recently killed a snake plant…

    • Kathy

      Me too. So sad. My 3rd aloe plant is about dead now. Not sure what i did wrong this time.

  3. lindsaym

    Fiddle lead figs are know for being finicky and hard to care for. But, I have one in my living room by a bright window and I just leave it alone. Water it every two weeks. Never move it. My mother in law killed hers taking it inside and out and overly caring for it.

  4. Nicole

    The fiddle leaf fig is definitely picky and not great for beginners! I tried to keep mine alive and it just didn’t like anything. But the lily and palm are great as I have both!

  5. Laura

    I just bought my second pothos plant! I LOVE them and highly recommend them. I’ve even killed succulents before so the fact that my first pothos plant has survived 2 years and looks as beautiful as it does is a miracle!! I got mine from amazon.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Thanks so much for the recommendation, Laura! Glad you have had success with the Pothos plant!

  6. lisa

    Ive killed almost all of these plants when starting my plant obsession. But definitely agree that golden pothos, aloe and snakes are the very best for beginners and black thumbs. Do not overwater!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful tip, Lisa!

  7. acgold

    Donkey’s tail is an easy succulent to care for and grow. It grows very fast and you can keep cutting or taking leaves and stick back in the soil to make a fuller plant or new one.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How neat! I love it when you can grab small clippings from a mature plant to start new ones! Thanks for the suggestion!

  8. Estellita

    Peace Lily is very difficult to keep alive. I don’t know why people says the oposite

    • Lori

      I have killed a couple of peace lillies. They just dont like me.

  9. kc

    I would like to suggest growing coleus as they are very easy to grow and care for. They come in a wonderful range of shapes and colors.

  10. Urvi

    Only living thing I’ve managed to keep alive is the child. My priorities are fine. But plants? Nope. Love ‘em – can’t keep them alive!

  11. Arthur

    Thanks for sharing great tips and great deal of information!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are very welcome, Arthur!

  12. CarrieB

    I’m surprised a ZZ plant is not on your list. They almost thrive on neglect. That being said they are a great plant for beginners who might forget to water.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the recommendation, CarrieB! I’ll keep my eye out for one of these plants! I sometimes forget to water mine. The only one I’ve had personal luck with is a Peace Lily! 🪴💕

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