The toughest plants for those without a green thumb

In this photo taken on March 29, 2023, Salama Badwan, a 40-year-old Palestinian, takes care of aloe vera plants grown on the roof of his house to extract oil and make soap, in his home in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip. With the scarcity of opportunities in the Gaza Strip, which has been subject to a devastating Israeli-led blockade since the Islamist Hamas movement took power in 2007, and poverty reaching 53 percent according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, many are finding alternative ways to earn a living. (Photo by Mahmoud Homs/AFP) (Photo by Mahmoud Homs/AFP via Getty Images)

Pennsylvania (WHTM) — Not everyone has the “gardening gene” or can devote a lot of time to caring for plants. If you fall into any of these categories, these are the best hard-to-kill plants.


pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

This plant adapts to almost any situation. They do not require a specific amount of light as long as they are exposed to some. If you are a forgetful person when it comes to plant maintenance, pothos is ideal because it is forgiving. It usually activates again after the first drink if you haven’t watered it for a while.

Pothos come in plain or variegated green varieties, providing options for your indoor oasis.

Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis miller)

Aloe Vera makes this list because it requires very little watering. All they really need to thrive is plenty of light, but they also burn easily, so watch if they change color. If it gets burned, move it away from the window. As for watering, it only needs to be refreshed every two to three weeks.

Aloe vera is also great because it’s a plant you can use if you like instead of buying aloe vera in a bottle at the store.

aloe vera (aloe vera)

Aloe vera thrives in dry conditions, which means it’s another great plant for those who can forget or are looking for something low maintenance. They only need to be watered if the first two to three inches of soil are dry. For light, they should be placed in the sunniest part of your home. They love to soak up all the rays. Don’t put them near windy areas of your home.

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema)

Chinese evergreen is another perfect plant for those who don’t want to devote a lot of time to grooming. They can tolerate low light conditions, but do best in medium to bright light. It needs watering only when the leaves begin to droop.

Snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake plants are able to accommodate almost any weather conditions but do best in warmer climates and cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. They can handle low light, but if you want them to thrive and thrive, they need six hours of indirect light. They are also drought tolerant and will really struggle if you give them plenty of water.

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Ajuga (also known as bugleweed)

Ajuga thrives in shady areas, making it a great choice for those with yards that don’t receive much sunlight. They can tolerate drought conditions and dry soil as well. Plus, they don’t need any fertilizer.

Geranium (Pelargonium)

Geraniums are really good for climates with very hot summers. They are able to handle warm temperatures with very little water. They prefer full sun exposure and need deadheading for best results.


Petunias are a popular and easy growing plant because they come in a rainbow of colors. Most of them are self-cleaning, which means you won’t have to do anything. However, if you want them to really thrive, they need to be watered and fertilized regularly.

Hosta (plantain lilies)

Hostas can handle filtered light and grow quite easily. The main problem that can prevent their growth is deer and slugs. If you have a lot of these in your garden, this may not be the best choice.

mint (mint)

Mint is a hardy plant that can grow quite large and can be used in cooking. If you’re growing it for use and not just for looks, spearmint and spearmint are the best varieties. Mint prefers partial or full sun and only needs water when the soil is dry.

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