Most Resilient Indoor Plants

 

Easy houseplants, low maintenance.

It's not easy to know which indoor plants are the most resilient.

Checking the resilience of a plant before you buy it will save you time. That's why I made a list of 14 indoor species that have successfully passed the resilience test (in my own flat and at other indoor gardeners' too). These are the easiest plants to grow and maintain on the long run because they can adapt to a wider range of conditions. Perfect for beginners and busy urban dwellers.

DRY SOIL vs. MOIST SOIL

Plants no 1. to 7. prefer dry soil, so they can thrive on neglect. No 8. to 15. prefer having soil generally moist. 


1. Rubber Plant (FIcus ELASTICA)

Rubber plants feel at home in dry, sunny and desertic regions of the world. Need little to no water to thrive.

Rubber plants feel at home in dry, sunny and desertic regions of the world. Need little to no water to thrive.

The Rubber plant is by far one of the easiest house plants I have, and the most rewarding. It's my new favorite! It virtually needs no water at all to do well. Its large waxy leaves have been showcasing a steady deep green in our bedroom for 3 months now. I watered it 4 times so far. Keep soil dry and it will thrive.


2. Wax Plant

Kevin Busque's magnificent wax plant on Instagram (@marsmonkeydreams). See  here .

Kevin Busque's magnificent wax plant on Instagram (@marsmonkeydreams). See here.

A climbing beauty! Slow-growing, twining specimen, most popular in the form of vines. Wax plant has thick waxy leaves that are able to store water, so no need to water it much at all. Keep soil dry and enjoy.


3. Cast-Iron plant

" Elegant and tolerant plant that will cope with some neglect " according to Crocus.co.uk (Photo credits Crocus.co.uk)

"Elegant and tolerant plant that will cope with some neglect" according to Crocus.co.uk (Photo credits Crocus.co.uk)

Easy and flexible plant, which can adapt to almost any spot (shady to bright indirect light) and dry conditions. So it will do well even if you forget to water it. Allow soil to dry out between waterings.


4. SNAKE PLANT (SANSEVIEra)

Snake plant is easy to maintain on the long run and prefers dry soil.

Snake plant is easy to maintain on the long run and prefers dry soil.

The snake plant is ideal for beginners and busy people. It can live on neglect and prefers a dry soil. Easy to maintain on the long run, we've had it at my office for 2 years now and it keeps thriving while adding its decorative presence to the room.


5. Zeezee plant

(a.k.a. Zanzibar Gem)

Zeezee plants show case long vertical stems, decorated by waxy green or brown leaves, depending on the specimen.

Zeezee plants show case long vertical stems, decorated by waxy green or brown leaves, depending on the specimen.

The Zanzibar gem virtually needs no water at all, since it naturally grows in dry and shady regions of its native African habitat. Perfect for beginners, it requires no attention. I water it 4 times less than Golden Pothos, that is approximately once a month. Keep soil dry.


6. DUMB CANE (DIEFFENBACHIA)

Dumb Cane has got real decorational power with its large variegated leaves. Photo: InvincibleHousePlants.com

Dumb Cane has got real decorational power with its large variegated leaves. Photo: InvincibleHousePlants.com

Really easy plant in my experience, which can adapt to almost any spot (shady to bright indirect light) and requires little watering. Keep soil dry. The specificity of this specimen is that the leaves will wilt when it's time to water it. They will turn yellowish/brown if you water too much. If that happens, prune the dead leaves and make sure the soil is not drenched. Root rot is the last thing you want to be happening to your plant!


7. Cacti and Succulents

Aloe Vera just loves a dry environment, like here, in Tel-Aviv, Israel. No need to water it much! Photo: InvincibleHousePlants.com

Aloe Vera just loves a dry environment, like here, in Tel-Aviv, Israel. No need to water it much! Photo: InvincibleHousePlants.com

With cacti and succulent plants (like Aloe Vera or Echeveria), you want to keep soil dry. These plants do well without water, so they make the perfect companions for forgetful hosts. Water succulents infrequently (once to twice a month) and cacti even less.

Recap: in my experience, indoor plants can be categorized into 2 types: the Dry type and the Moist type. As a rule of thumb, you need to water the Moist types once a week and the Dry types only once a month. The ratio of 1-to-4 (4 times less frequently for the Dry type) works well for me, because it's easy to remember: weekly for Moist, monthly for Dry. These figures are just guidelines, you will have to adapt these to your specific conditions. You can use the same watering techniques for both. Cacti and succulents require a special type of soil that drains moisture out quickly. More on this topic: see here. [Coming Soon]