It’s happened to most of us before- we go on a beautiful, long, fulfilling vacation and return to the comfort of home; when suddenly we remember we own plants- many many plants- that we peer over to in horror, seeing what’s left of them. Even if you have a green thumb, the level of care-taking required for plants can compete with your priorities if you don’t have plants that can self-sustain in the midst…life. Here are 5 plants that won’t have you wondering if responsibility is really your thing and be sure to check out our full list of favorite plants here!

  1. Snakeplant: Besides the cool banding on the leaves, this plant is a favorite of many because it really only needs to be watered every now again. Not to mention there is no pruning required because of its tall, straight, sturdy leaves and little grown. Place these in your bedroom because according to NASA, while you’re busy sleeping, the Snake Plant is converts CO2 to oxygen at night.


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  2. Cactus: These babies need well-draining soil to keep their resilient nature. Best practice is to use mostly peat moss and sand in addition to soil to mimic its natural habitat. Definitely one for the windowsill, the Cactus wants to soak up the sun and get a good bit of humidity. Keep your plant happy by watering it once a month and keeping water from sitting on the body of the plant as to not encourage rotting.

    A photo by Oliver Pacas.

    Photo by Oliver Pacas

  3. Madagascar Dragon Tree: The perfect plant to have surrounding your window, this species of the Dracaena plant enjoys bright, indirect sunlight but can withstand low light and low humidity. The Madagascar Dragon Tree and variations of the Dracaena sport strappy leaves and make wonderful house plants. These forgiving plants respond quickly to proper care, even after periods of neglect. Do your best to keep the soil moist for them, as they thrive best in these conditions.


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  4. Bamboo palm: The Bamboo palm is quite attractive with its full, leafy foliage. This plant, like all other palms, relishes in high humidity. But unlike other palms, doesn’t require bright in direct light. The Bamboo palm is a champion of low light. These plants can grow up to 6 feet tall and have an amazing presence in your home.


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  5. Peace Lily:  The Peace Lily loves shade and indirect sunlight as much as we do at the peak of summer. There’s little guessing with this plant, as it droops when it needs a good watering- what more could you ask for? Truly ideal for those that don’t get much natural sunlight in, but still want the company of beautiful plants.


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Most importantly, all of these plants do their part in removing Formaldehyde (which many of our household products are treated with, from facial tissue to paper towels) and Bezene (found in paint and plastics,) among other harmful chemicals. Nurturing plants are good for the soul and increasing oxygen levels in your humble abode. If you’re a beginner, or a certified green thumb, consider adding one of these non-fussy plants to your living space for a win-win situation.


This post was originally published March 2016.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Lol this is a handy post as I find plants don’t last long as I don’t have the time to look after them. Love plants 3,4 and 5! I wonder if they’d survive at ours as it’s always very warm.

  • I need these plants so I can have some living things inside my house. It’s just that I don’t have so much time to take care of them. Good to know there are some sort of independent plants.

  • Healthy & Psyched

    Great post!! Before I got my plant I ended up searching for ages on the internet which one to buy. I’m so terrible at looking after plants!

  • I am awful at remembering to water plants and have killed a few in my time. I love cactus’ and have some around my flat as they practically don’t need anything x

  • Jodie Whitham

    Good choices as i’m always worried i will kill a plant! I like cactus’s too – think they always look different and can be bought in different sizes to fit anywhere x

  • Wow the snakeplant looks beautiful and is one I have not heard of before how cool! I like that they don’t take make nurturing as well as I would probably forget!

  • These are all beautiful plants and having the added plus of being able to withstand a bit of neglect if you are gone for a period of time is necessary if you are one who travels and don’t have someone to come in and care for your plants.

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I’d love to get a cactus. I’ve always liked them and think they look great x

  • Haha I needed to read this today! I always kill house plants but want more greenery in my house so thanks for sharing x

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