We all know how it goes. See stunning new plant > must have > convince self that this time WILL be different and this will finally be the one you will take care of. A month later and you're wondering what went wrong this time (other than maybe forgetting to water, setting it in the wrong spot.. etc. etc.) Fear not - we've rounded up the most forgiving and neglect-loving plants so you can finally be free of plant guilt!
1. Air plant (Tillandsia)
Part of the Bromeliad family (which means their cousins are pineapples), these aesthetically stunning plants don't need soil to grow and instead attach themselves to trees and rocks, absorbing moisture from the air. They're perfectly happy in hanging decorations and look beautiful in glass globes. To care for air plants, keep out of direct sunlight, mist once or twice a week and give them a little bath every few weeks - simple!
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2. Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
Also known as "mother-in-law's tongue" due to its sharp, pointed leaves, this plant can thrive even in dark rooms and won't punish you for your forgetfulness around the watering schedule. A low-maintenance plant, it only needs watering every few weeks and is a real eye-catcher with its beautiful and unique foliage.
3. Aloe Vera
Visually pleasing, a challenge to kill and doubles up as a skin care product! Aloes like to be kept out of direct sunlight and like a soak every couple of weeks, making them a low-maintenance and forgiving plant. You can snap off the leaves and use the gel on minor cuts and burns, sunburn or simply to moisturise your skin. You can also freeze/refrigerate your leaves for future use!
4. Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
The vines of pothos plants really do seem to thrive on neglect and will continue growing without your attention. This plant is easy to care for, tolerating differing lighting conditions and is extremely low-maintenance. You can even propagate root cuttings by placing them in water to yield pothos babies for a low-maintenance family!
5. Spider plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
This plant's roots can get crowded, but it doesn't mind, and you will likely only need to repot every couple of years. Spider plants enjoy low-light environments and often self-propagates without any assistance. You can cut off the small plants once they start to form roots and plant them on their own!
6. ZZ (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) Plant
Pests, dry air, lack of water, low light.. A plant's worst nightmare, right? Not this guy! Highly tolerant, this plant's bulb is a succulent with shiny dark green foliage, which means it only needs to be watered once a month and will withstand whatever conditions you throw at it. A neglectful gardener's dream!
7. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum Wallisi)
Imagine a plant that tells you when it needs water.. yep, this is it! You'll notice the peace lily's leaves starting to sag when it needs a drink and will perk back up after a little while. A mist with a cheap spray bottle or mister every couple of weeks and being placed in a sunny spot will help this plant thrive. They are also known as a great air purifying plant - look after it and it'll look after you!