Hard to Kill Houseplants for those with Black Thumb

I know you love plants; I mean, who doesn’t? But, somehow, you don’t consider yourself to be very good at keeping them alive and you need hard to kill houseplants in your home.

So, how to spare yourself the sadness for not having plants in your home that look like the ones fr

om the magazines?

Well, start by growing only the low maintenance plants first.

And, which would that be?

Well, these, silly!

Hard to Kill Houseplants for Your Home

1. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

Christmas Cactus

The first low-maintenance plant I’d like to present to you is Christmas Cactus, AKA Thanksgiving cactus. It got the name due to the fact that it starts blooming right about the holidays’ season and it lasts for a couple of weeks.

It grows unusual pink and red flowers that can easily be the perfect addition to your holiday decoration.

However, the most important thing for you as not-a-green-thumb yet is that Christmas cactus is one of the most forgiving plants and one of the easiest to grow.

First of all, it can tolerate any kind of soil. Sandy one, with good draining properties, is ideal, but I can safely say that the one we had (actually, still have) back at my parents’ place is planted in the common soil from the back garden. And, lo and behold – it’s life and kicking.

As a succulent, CC does not require frequent watering. You can skip it for longer than a week and it will not cause damage. However, since Thanksgiving cactus blooms practically in wintertime, this is when you will have to water more frequently so the plant can develop proper flowers.

Further, with Schlumbergera, fertilizing might just as well be omitted. However, adding some natural compost would be ideal. Still, if you are unable to provide it or handle the smell, try those ready-made formulas, preferably the ones high on potassium.

As for light and temperature, regular room temperature will do just fine. However, as a succulent, it can tolerate the heat. And, more importantly, ours survived those periods when we kept it at some 0°C for days.

All in all, it’s an easy houseplant to care for that will forgive all the unintentional harm you do it.

2. African Violets (Streptocarpus sect. Saintpaulia)

African violet

I know, I know – whenever somebody mentions African violets you wish to run the other way.

Interestingly, I shared your opinion for quite some time. Then I got African violets as a gift. To be perfectly candid with you, I didn’t know what to do with them, hard to kill houseplant or not!

I kept them in the pot they came in for days, all lush and rich with flowers.

Then I noticed the soil going dry, so I decided it was time to repot them.

As the days went by, I realized how these violets aren’t actually that complicated to care for.

Just give them plenty of light – but indirect one! They don’t like direct exposure so the best you can do for them is keep them at an east-facing window. In this way, they will get a lot of morning sun when it’s still not so strong and for the rest of the day, they will be bathed in daylight.

Additionally, you need to pay attention to watering. Since they flower all the time (mine even flowers throughout the winter), so they need water constantly. Again, don’t let them sit in water.

Pro tip: Use a pot with drainage holes and a tray. Always water your African violets by pouring water in the tray, not on top of the soil.

I planted mine in an organic multi-purpose potting soil and they are doing just fine. Believe it or not, I don’t use any fertilizer.

I just give them plenty of indirect sunlight, just the right amount of water and that’s about it.

3. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

Jade plant

Ok, here’s the first thing I learned about the Jade plant (besides the fact that it is a hard-to-kill houseplant), also known as the Money plant. Choose a small pot, don’t water it too much, and keep it in a bright place.

I have always found Jade plants to be extraordinary. Maybe because they are actually miniature trees rather than plants. They stand out from the crowd.

When it comes to their maintenance, which is rather easy, the first thing that I need to tell you is that they don’t like too much water. When unsure, check the top layer – if it’s wet, skip the watering for the next couple of days.

Further, they like a lot of sunlight (again, indirect). I made a terrible mistake of keeping mine at a shady place for quite some time and I noticed my recently planted cutting wasn’t making any progress. Then I moved it to an east-bound window. Believe me, less than a week later I noticed new leaves were forming.

The soil I used was the ready-made soil mix and it proved to be a good choice.

Whatever you do, make sure to use a smaller pot as possible. The Jade plant doesn’t like big pots. Even better for you, since this will prevent the roots from growing too large while the plant itself remains short.

4. Oleander (Nerium oleander)


At the very mention of oleander, I cannot help but recall the streets of Tripoli decorated with oleander shrubs between the lanes so you take in every bit of the Mediterranean wherever you go.

Ah, memories!

Of course, we are aware that oleanders can grow to a proper tree if you just let them. However, there are some growing limitations when it comes to indoor care.

The best thing about oleander – as seen by someone who is just starting their plant growing path – is that it is extremely simple to care for.

Plenty of sunlight – even direct exposure is OK! Remember, you can only find it in warm climates. Moreover, your oleander will also like plenty of water.

I water mine regularly and it has rewarded me with such deep green leaves that I just can’t describe the beauty of.

Of course, you will ask me about the flowers – they should be pink; but I haven’t seen them yet. I only planted it beginning of May as a single stem with a couple of leaves. Furthermore, I didn’t have enough soil so for over two weeks I kept it in a half-empty pot – and it didn’t die on me.

Anyhow, I added some fresh soil later on, and now my oleander has these lovely green, long, and narrow leaves. The primary stem I planted has branched out, grown tall, and new leaf clusters are emerging from the branches.

Not to mention the fact that new stems are properly growing from the soil. Soon enough I will have to insert some sticks or a ladder to help it stand tall!

I have to mention that I’ve been cutting back on watering – it’s practically wintertime, after all!

Still, during summer and when it starts flowering, be generous with water.

Even though it originates from warm climates, oleander can survive at temperatures such as -10°C, but I don’t think this will be an issue when you grow it indoors.

All in all, it’s another low maintenance, hard-to-kill houseplant for all the green-thumb-acquiring individuals out there.


When it comes to growing plants, we all have to start somewhere.

So, if you are thinking to give plants a chance, I heartily recommend that you start with one of these hard-to-kill houseplants.

They require just the minimum efforts and to max out the love!

As simple as that!

Tuck them in today in some lovely pots and soils and send over some photos!


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