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10 Indoor Plants that Thrive on Neglect

Pothos Plants (Epipremnum Aureum)

Golden Pothos PlantA pothos plant is a great choice for almost any space.  They’re beautiful and oh sooo easy to care for.

It’s almost impossible to kill.  The perfect plant for a BLACK THUMB!!

Pothos have an elegant look and can be grown in potting soil or in water.  There are many varieties of pothos plants.  Below are only a few of the varieties available.

  • The most common variety is the Golden Pothos plant.  The leaves are a brilliant green with a slightly variegated golden hue.
  • The Jade Pothos plant has solid green leaves.
  • The Marble Queen Pothos is my favorite variety.  I love the green leaves variegated with white.
  • There’s the Neon Pothos plant.  It has solid neon green leaves.

Light:  Pothos will grow in a variety of light conditions.  They tolerant low light areas very well and enjoy bright indirect light too.  Pothos plants shouldn’t be placed in direct sunlight.

Water:  If you happen to neglect the pothos plant – don’t worry.  Pothos plants are happier when their soil dries out between watering.  Only water when the top inch of soil has dried out.

Poisonous:  Toxic to cats and dogs.

Zebra Plants (Haworthia Fasciata)

Zebra Cactus plantsBeautiful plant – not difficult to grow.  Perfect on a window sill where it can soak up diffused light a few hours each day.  Like most plants – the Haworthia Fasciata Zebra plant needs proper drainage.  When choosing a container – choose a container with at least one drainage hole in the bottom.  This allows the excess water to drain.

The Zebra plant is hard to kill.  These plants are beautiful.  They’re small in size, slow-growing and are native to South Africa.

Light:  Likes indirect sunlight.  Tolerates low light which makes it easy to grow.  Avoid direct sun as the sun can burn the plant.

Water:  The Zebra Plant likes dry soil.  Don’t over-water – water only when the soil has dried out.

Poisonous:  Non-toxic

Heart-Shaped Philodendron (Philodendron bipennifolium)

Heart Shaped Philodendron IvyLight:  Much like a pothos plant, the Heart-Shaped Philodendron will grow in a variety of light conditions but should avoid direct sunlight.  Very easy to grow.

Water:  Don’t over-water.  Only water when the top inch of soil has dried out.

Poisonous:  Toxic to cats and dogs.


Dracaena marginata in clay pot

Marginata  (Dracena Marginata)

Also, known as a Dragon Tree.  The Dracena Marginata has long narrow sword-like green leaves.  The leaves are edged in a dark red color.

Light:  It does well in a variety of light conditionslow to high indirect light.  Avoid direct sunlight.

Water:  Only water when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil has dried out.  Be careful not to over-water.

Poisonous:  Toxic to cats and dogs.

 Cast Iron Plants (Aspidistra Elatior)

ASPIDISTRA CAST IRON INDOORS PLANTCommon names for an Aspidistra are Cast Iron Plant, Bar Room Plant, and an Iron Plant.

The Cast Iron Plant is a hearty plant with a very elegant look.  Thrives in temperatures from 60 F to 80 F.  Doesn’t like extreme cold.

Light:  Low to bright indirect light, but doesn’t tolerate direct sun.  Grows well in low light conditions indoors.

Water:  Water occasionally.

Poisonous:  Non-toxic to cats and dogs.

Janet Craig (Dracena Deremensis Janet Craig)

janet craig variegated plantGrows well in low light conditions and is often seen in offices.  Clean their long leaves with a damp cloth if they become dusty.  It helps the plant to breathe.

Light:  Low to medium.  The Janet Craig plant loves indirect light.  It will grow well in low to medium light and tolerates brighter indirect light, as well.  Avoid direct sunlight.  This plant thrives on neglect.

Water:  Don’t water this one too often.  Allow 50% to 75% of the potting soil to dry out before watering.  Depending on the size of the plant and container, water no more than every 7 – 10 days.  Over-watering will cause the plant to die.

Poisonous:   Toxic to cats and dogs.

 ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)

The ZZ plant has wide dark green waxy leaves.  It’s a gorgeous plant.  ZZ plant care starts with a lack of care.

ZZ Plant Indoor PlantLight:  ZZ Plants love moderate to brighter levels of indirect light.  It grows well in lower levels of light also.  It’s an ideal plant for a window-less office or a bathroom where it receives only small amounts of fluorescent light.

Water:  In fact, ZZ plants will do better if you leave them alone.  Much like cacti, they need less rather than more water.  Water this plant only when the plant dries out.

The rare way you can kill this plant is to overwater it.   Overwatering will cause the ZZ plant to turn yellow.

Poisonous:   Toxic to cats and dogs.


Sansevieria trifasciata plant in decorative potSansevieria plants can withstand virtually any condition – except over-watering.

Common names for Sansevieria plants are snake plant, St. George’s sword mother-in-law’s tongue.   The plant is beautiful with sword-like long leaves.  It’s a succulent plant and stores water in it’s long leaves.

This plant prefers warm conditions.  A temperature range between 70 F and 90 F is best.

Light:  Low light to full sun.  Will grow in a variety of light conditions.

Water:  Let the soil dry between watering.  During winter, reduce watering to monthly, or water when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil has dried out.  Be careful not to over-water.

Poisonous:   Toxic to cats and dogs.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

Chinese Evergreen Maria plantThe Chinese Evergreen doesn’t like extreme cold.  Cool temperatures will cause the plant to drop leaves.

Light:  The Chinese Evergreen tolerates low light well but thrives in bright indirect light.  Natural light isn’t needed to thrive — it does super in offices with fluorescent lighting.  Direct sunlight should be avoided.

Water:   Don’t over-water this plant.  Watering a small amount once a week is sufficient.

Poisonous:   Toxic to cats and dogs.

Mass Cane (Dracaena Fragrans Massangeana)

Dracaena fragrans corn plant Common names for this beautiful plant are Mass Cane and Corn Plant.  The Mass Cane is a tropical houseplant and a great accent piece in a home or office.  At maturity, the plant reaches about 6′ tall.  The leaves form a lovely canopy on top of the canes and resemble leaves on a field corn stalk.  The Mass Cane doesn’t like extreme cold.

Light:  The Mass Cane will grow in a variety of indoor light conditions.  It’s very tolerant of low-light and thrives in bright indirect light.  The Mass Cane doesn’t tolerate direct sunlight.

Water:   In low light conditions water this plant every two to three weeks.  Over-watering will cause root rot.

Poisonous:   Toxic to cats and dogs.


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