Grow Your Green Thumb: 3 Indoor Houseplants You Probably Won’t Kill

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Without a green thumb on your side, most houseplants may seem turn brown and wither away no matter what you do. All it takes is a bit too much water, far too little sunlight, and boom, your journey as an aspiring indoor gardener is over. Some are so difficult to grow, they cause people to swear off tough indoor houseplants for good. Fortunately, there are a handful of indoor houseplants that you probably won’t kill if you dare to give it a go once again. Here’s a look at the top three options to consider.


Perhaps nothing is more forgiving in the world of indoor houseplants than Philodendrons. Available as vines and non-climbing varieties, all this plant wants is indirect sunlight, fresh air, and a reasonable amount of water.

They do prefer that you change their soil every couple of years or only use distilled water since it’s not a fan of the salts that accumulate from tap water. Just be sure to put them up high since they are toxic to people and animals if ingested. If you get the climbing variety, put them up on a bookshelf and direct the vines all along the molding to watch them wind around the house.


Jade is a robust succulent with woody stems, round leaves, and precious pink or white flowers. They are attractive little plants that grow well in an area that gets at least four hours of bright sunlight per day. Jade prefers that you let their dirt get plenty dry before watering and are always available to lend an ear when you need to prepare for your next interview.

They are also safe to have around children but are poisonous to cats and dogs who get a little too nibble happy. You can keep them out of the way by putting them in a hanging planter that lets the branches hang down and show off their stunning leaves. They also grow well on a windowsill or a garden window if you’re lucky enough to have one in your kitchen.


Aloe plants demand very little time and attention yet provide immense mental and physical health benefits. They just want well-draining soil, regular watering, and indirect sunlight, so put them on your countertop or dining room table.

In return, just the sight of their adorable spiky green leaves can help lift your mood and support your efforts in improving your mental health. And if you get a burn or scrape, you can cut open a leaf and apply the gel to your skin for a boost of healing power. Just be sure to keep pets, kids, and yourself from ingesting the gel since it’s quite toxic.

As you arrange any or all of these indoor houseplants around your home, you’ll look like a talented gardener to anyone who comes by (and maybe to friends who garden at home too). And with time, your confidence will increase, giving you the courage to try out more difficult houseplant varieties — hopefully with great success.

About the Author: Marie Abendroth is a skilled content strategist and SEO copywriter who has been a proud part of the gig economy for over 10 years. In her articles, she aims to provide up-to-date info that can help everyone achieve their goals as an independent worker. You can find her on WriterAccess.

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