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Everyday Cheapskate: 6 Houseplants That Are Really Hard to Kill

Mary Hunt on

I love houseplants, and boy, do I have some beauties! The truth is I don't have a green thumb; I just know a few secret tricks and tips that I will gladly share with you.


Only consider plants in what I call the "thrivus neglectus" family, which comes from the Latin root meaning "really cheap" and thrives even under the harshest conditions of poor light and neglect!

Aspidistra is also known as the "cast-iron plant," and for good reason. This baby can survive any condition, including low light and a dry environment. And it is not ugly.

Pothos comes in many varieties that tolerate poor light and actually enjoy being left alone.

Ficus elastica, or "rubber plant," likes a cool, dimly lit space. But, if you should happen to set it in a sunny area, watch out. It will grow like crazy, and you'll be searching on the internet for how to prune the darned thing.


Chlorophytum comosum, also known as "spider plant," is tough and does well in low light. It sends out really cool trailing vines.

Dracaena, or "corn plant," is a great choice for hot, dry apartments.

Philodendron likes a medium to low light source and even moisture. It will survive even under the most severe conditions of neglect.



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