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Hard To Kill Plants


Some plant suggestions for people who don't own a "green" thumb.

1. The jade plant is a succulent that stores water in its fleshy leaves. Plus, it's easily propagated by placing leaves in the soil.

2. Aloe (Aloe vera) is best known for its plump leaves that can provide a soothing gel for cuts and burns. Allow the plant's soil to dry completely in between waterings; that may mean watering as little as every two to three weeks.

3.  The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law's tongue or ribbon plant (Sansevieria), is a succulent with thick, waxy leaves. It loves being potbound and thrives on being ignored — the perfect plant for two-week vacationers.

4. Heart-leaf philodendron (Philodendron scandens oxycardium) has heart-shaped leaves. This variety dates back to the Victorian age. A houseplant favorite, philodendron is fast-growing and does well on a trellis or as a hanging plant.

5. The spider plant is an extremely easy-to-grow plant that also handily produces small "pups." Each of these plantlets can be rooted in potting soil.

6. Rabbit's ear (a member of the kalanchoe family) is a moderately fast grower (about three new leaves every two months) and has hairy leaves that help prevent against water loss due to evaporation.

7. Rubber plant (Ficus elastica robusta) features leaves that darken to deep burgundy with more light exposure and revert to green in low-light conditions. Rubber plants like to dry out between waterings.

8.  Golden pothos is a member of the philodendron family; it is fast-growing and has striking variegated leaves.

9.  The barrel cactus has modified leaves with sharp spikes for protection in the wild.

10. Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra) 'Milky Way' can handle low light (north-facing), high light (but not direct sun) and extreme temperature changes; it's also drought-tolerant and slow-growing.