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Unkillable Plants: 6 Low-Light, Low-Maintenance Plants That Anyone Can Keep Alive

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So you want a greener life, but can’t help but murder every plant you bring home? You and your black thumb aren’t alone. With hyper-busy schedules that most often take place indoors, most of us don’t have the time, energy, or mental space to think about plant care.

Don’t fear—or confine yourself to cacti. These six house plants are hardy enough to withstand your (well-intentioned) neglect: 

1. Tillandsia: Air plants, or epiphytes, are so low maintenance they don’t even need a pot. They obtain their nutrients from the air without roots, so they’re free to sit right on your table or desk as artistic decor. Bonus points if you live down South, because the Tillandsia loves humidity. 

2. Aloe: The soil in an aloe pot should be allowed to completely dry out between waters, meaning you can go up to 2-3 weeks without feeding it. And as you probably know, aloe itself is a botanical blessing. Growing your own aloe gives you constant access to the gel’s wound-healing powers, without a cut of store-bought preservatives. 

3. Jade: This succulent stores water in its leaves to prepare for dry spells, i.e. those times when you forget your poor jade exists. Jade goes dormant if it isn’t fed, and then grows again when watered. It also reproduces quickly and easily when its leaves are re-planted. Ideal! 

4. Snake Plant: Also called “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue,” this plant is inexpensive, adaptable to various light conditions, and prefers drier soil (read: less frequent watering).The snake plant improves the air quality of any room it’s in, making it a reliable investment. 

5. Cast Iron Plant: One of the most durable members of the lily family, this plant’s thick and hardy green leaves earn its namesake. (It’s officially named “aspidistra,” or “ballroom plant”). Cast irons grow slowly, but will survive years of infrequent attention. 

6. ZZ Plant: The ZZ is tough enough to survive some pretty unfriendly environments, which is why you’ll always see it in airports and strip malls—it won’t mind the cold temperatures, sterile air, bright lights, low lights, or a lack of TLC. No wonder the ZZ plant is known for living a long, long life.

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