9 Houseplants You Can Totally Neglect

Every plant requires a certain amount of care - but some can put up with minimal tending. These options look lovely, and will fare well even if watering is always the forgotten to-do item on your list.

1. Succulents


These waxy, geometric beauties are certainly trendy, but not only because of their interesting shapes and hues ranging from mint green to deep violet. Their thick leaves store water, so they typically only require weekly watering. Succulents come in lots of varieties, but typically enjoy sunlight and dry air.

2. ZZ plant

These beauties, which grow in tall stalks of deep green, rubbery leaves, actually like to be left alone. Though they prefer moderate levels of sunlight, but can tolerate low light, too, so they're often go-to choice for offices. These plants prefer to stay on the dry side, and seem to thrive on neglect.

3. Pothos

This leafy vine would have been voted "most popular" in high school. Since its quite hardy, people choose it often. It can deal with low light, and won't be bothered if you let the soil dry out.

4. Ponytail palm

This Mexico native gets its name from its shape - its skinny leaves sprout from a thick stalk, where it stores water.

5. Snake plant

Also called mother-in-law's tongue, this easy-care plant is a popular choice for many homes. You might think they're kind of passé. But at a recent flower show, we saw a lot of interesting new varieties, like a silver-looking one.

6. Air plants

Much like their name suggests, these spidery plants don't even need soil to thrive; you can literally hang them in midair, place them in a decorative vase, or prop them up on a shelf. And watering them is nearly set-and-forget: Just dunk them in water for about 2 or 3 hours every 10 days or so.

7. Begonias

These crowd-pleasing spring and summer blooms need their soil to dry out before they get another drink, and require even less watering in the winter. Plus they come in many different foliage colors and patterns.

8. Chinese evergreen

This is one rock solid plant. Of course, we don't think you should torture any plant, but the Chinese evergreen can stand up to a lot. And there are fun versions with speckles and stripes that look like they belong at a carnival. Chinese evergreens can tolerate low to medium light, and you can water when you notice the soil is dry.

9. Cast-iron plant

Much like its name suggests, this low-growing plant with wide flats leaves can stand up to tough conditions. You should water them when the soil is dry, but they'll fare through a drought, too.

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