Plants You Can Grow, Even If You Have a “Black Thumb”

Are you one of those people who can kill any plant? If so, there’s good news for you. There are actually several plants that can stand up to your lack of gardening expertise. You just need plants that won’t easily die. As humans, with a lot going on, we may forget about our plants. Other times, we might be watering them too much. You can eventually figure out when they’re over-hydrated, but it may be too late by then. Here are a few plants that are hearty enough to stand up to your neglect and/or over-watering. If you can water a plant every so often and stick it somewhere that it will get the appropriate amount of light, you can keep these plants alive proudly. Some of them will even forgive you if you forget all about them for a few days.

The Chinese Evergreen is known as a “beginner’s plant”, but even if you have a green thumb, they’re still great to have indoors. They require low light and low water.

African Violets come in a variety of colors, though purple is the most popular. While they prefer a lot of light, they don’t need that much to survive. The soil should stay lightly moist, but the main issue with African Violets is making sure the water doesn’t stay on the plant’s leaves for long, since they might end up rotting.

A Philodendron’s leaves will tell you whether you’re watering it too much or too little. Yellow means there’s getting too much, brown means they’re getting too little. They don’t even need soil to thrive. If you have a dog or cat, you may want to skip this one, as they have a mild to moderate toxicity level for these pets.

Ponytail Palms thrive with a lot of sunlight, so putting it near a window is best. You won’t have to worry about the sun dehydrating it, though. Their water needs are very minimal. The plant will let you know if you’re watering it too much when it starts rotting at the base.