If you’re the type of person who only has to look at a plant to kill it, these are the plants for you.
Snake Plant – Sansevieria trifasciata
Also known as a mother-in-laws tongue, snake plants emit oxygen and improve sleep quality, making it the perfect bedroom plant. They need minimal water, minimal light and are basically kill proof.
Arrow Head Plant – Syngonium podophyllum
NB this plant is toxic to pets if they consume any part of the plant. Needs average room temp and water every 2-3ish weeks, less in winter. When it grows too large you can re-pot and take cuttings to create a whole new plant.
Rubber Fig – Ficus elastica
Rubber plants are not only super hardy, they also rank high on the list of house plants that eliminate toxins from your home. A little water, the occasional spritz of water on the leaves and wipe with a cloth every few months, these babies will give you all the love you need for very little in return.
Spider Plant – Chlorophytum comosum
This pretty hanging plant is awesome at removing carbon monoxide from the air, they’re also perfect for bathrooms because they like humidity. A weekly water is all that’s needed to keep the spider plant alive.
Corn Plant – Dracaena massangeana
The corn plant are excellent air purifiers. A small weekly water is sufficient to keep them happy and they grow slowly, so no need to re-pot for several years. If your house is prone to dust, the leaves will need a wipe down with a damp cloth every 2-3 months.
Succulents need the least amount of water of any indoor plant.Ideal if you’re the forgetful type. They’s so hardy, you can drop them and shatter the entire plant then just replant the leaves in a little soil. They are kill proof.
Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability educator. She started The Green Hub in 2015 and has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education platforms dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable life, talking about the big environmental issues like climate change, plastic pollution, and fast fashion – showing people how they can have an impact through their own small daily actions and how to be part of the bigger environmental movement.