Can you really keep houseplants healthy and vigorous even if you can barely spare a minute to care for them? Yes!
There are actually some easy indoor plants that can even survive some neglect.
Some Guidelines for Choosing Easy Indoor Plants
First, keep only those plants that you truly enjoy, and that do well in your surroundings.
If your house is dark and shady, for example, stay away from all cacti and other sun lovers - in low light they'll grow spindly and misshapen.
If you're often out of town, avoid plants that need frequent watering, such as ferns - they will die of thirst. The tag in a new plant's potting soil can help guide you as to how much light and water the plant needs.
But if you want a sure botanical thing: here are 6 easy indoor plants you can't kill.
1. Asparagus Fern (asparagus setaceus)
Even if its soil is bone dry, the Asparagus Fern, a vigorous relative of the edible stalk, won't go into a permanent swoon.
2. Cast-Iron Plant (aspidistra elation)
Vacation plans? Don't fret. The Cast Iron plant will be healthy upon your return - even if you're gone for weeks.
3. Chinese Evergreen (aglaonema modest)
The Chinese Evergreen plant actually prefers the soil to dry out between waterings, and needs little light to thrive in your home.
4. Grape Ivy (cissus species)
The Grape Ivy plant is a handsome vine with tendrils resembling those of grapes. This plant adapts easily to limited light, and soil that's a bit on the dry side.
5. Janet Craig Dracaena (dracaena deremensis)
The shrub-like Janet Craig Dracaena has broad leaves and adapts to low light and favors moderately dry soil.
6. Ponytail Plant (beaucarnea species)
The Ponytail plant is a succulent that requires little grooming, and does best when its soil is kept not too wet. Just give it lots of sun and let the soil dry out between waterings.
Brown thumb or not, these plants are a good bet to bring home!