Six hardy plants that will survive even the laziest owners

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Cacti, epipremnum and zamioculcas are champions of unpretentiousness

Sometimes the desire to have a beautiful green space at home is shattered by the need to take care of plants. Some of them are really very whimsical and require a lot of attention. However, there are flowerpots that can survive literally several months without watering and not even lose their appearance.

Invincible Houseplants has collected six plants that will be pleasing to the eye even in the hands of the laziest owners.

Cacti and succulents

These plants are native to deserts, so they are evolutionarily adapted to the long absence of watering. They also have a huge number of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some even bloom very beautifully, such as mammillaria, echinopsis, or aporocactus. They also have no special complaints about lighting, although they will like a place in the sun more than shade. You can water cacti and succulents once every two months or even more often. The only "requirements" of such plants are special soil (sold in any plant store) and drainage at the bottom of the pot.


Like cacti, sansevierias are very different. Dracaena trifasciata, also known as snake plant, has long and stiff leaves, sansevieria parva grows in low dark green rosettes, and sansevieria cylindrica produces long leaves twisted into a rouge that can be beautifully braided. And that's not all. It is enough to water it no more than once a month, and it is better to place it in a shaded corner. That's all the tricks.


It is a climbing plant with heart-shaped dark green leaves (there are also decorative species with yellow spots and veins). It does not branch, but several stems coexist well in one pot. Therefore, it can be used to form unusually beautiful leaf cascades. The advantages of epipremnum are that it grows very quickly (up to a meter per year), is easily propagated by cuttings and, in addition, purifies the air. The ideal watering regimen is once a week, but the plant tolerates omissions as well. It can grow both in full sun, in which case the leaves will be much larger, and in the shade of the most remote corner. The ideal pot is a hanging planter.


The dense oval leaves of this tropical plant, placed symmetrically on long stems, look like wax. It is a spectacular flowerpot. Zamioculcas grows even in the darkest rooms. Moreover, it does not tolerate direct sunlight, so it will survive even in the hallway. It also does not need high humidity. It should be watered in small portions and can be done once every few weeks (even months in winter). At the same time, it grows quite quickly. Maximum effect with minimum effort.

Indoor palms

Another newcomer from hot countries that do not require much care. Chamaedorea, fan-shaped lilac, etc: there are plenty of options. The disadvantage is that such plants will need more space than any of the indoor cacti. The advantage is moderate watering once a week and a luxurious look that reminds you of the tropics and vacation. And don't forget to dust off the leaves from time to time as palms love the wind that cleans their crowns.

English ivy

Another indoor loosestrife. However, it is more lush than epipremnum. It can climb up by itself with the help of its aerial roots, but it is happy to grow down, so it will look great in a hanging planter. English ivy is the only European species on this list, so it survives well in the cool and does not even like to be near heat sources. It does not need much lighting. Watering once a week will suit it perfectly. However, it is better to spray it from time to time because it likes moist air.

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