Kill Proof Plants 101

I am a fan of plants if you don’t know me already. I’m an even bigger fan of plants that are virtually kill proof but still look pretty in my home. So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite staple plants that I consider to be kill proof for all of you without a green thumb.

In general, these plant are very forgiving and can tolerate some neglect. I consider them all to be very resilient and and easy going. In the event that they are neglected, they will all bounce back quick if you show them some love.

NOTE: If you have small kids and/ or pets check to see which plants are safe for them to be around. I won’t go too much into this because you can use your discretion. My plants are all over the house, but ones that may be poisonous to pets or kids I keep higher up.

Pothos Plant/ Devil’s Ivy

Sunlight- Bright, indirect light. It will also tolerate low-light conditions.

Watering- Let soil dry out between waterings. It will be fine if you occasionally forget to water.

Pot- You can choose almost any type of pot with a drainage hole.

Tip: These are beautiful on display in a hanging pot, or put them on a high shelf to show off their beautiful cascading vines.

Snake Plant

Sunlight- She does best in indirect light, but will tolerate low light conditions.

Watering- Let the soil dry out between waterings. Do NOT over water.

Pot- Terra cotta pots work well for this plant because these types of pots allow the soil to dry out more easily. However, it’s not a requirement.

Spider Plant

Sunlight– Spider plants like bright, indirect light.

Watering- Let the soil dry out between waterings.

Pot- Choose a pot with a drainage hole for water. I personally like a hanging pot for this plant because they tend to fall over the pot and display well that way.

ZZ Plant

Sunlight- The ZZ plant will basically grow well in any light except direct sun. In general, they like bright but indirect light and will tolerate low light areas.

Watering- Let soil dry out between waterings. Do NOT over water. ZZ plants are so forgiving when it comes to watering. I’ve forgotten to water mine for weeks, even months, and she is doing fabulous.

Pot- This plant is so chill that any type of pot will do. I have mine in a ceramic pot.


There are so many different kinds of philodendrons, so decide which look you’re going for and the type of space you have. However, you can break them down into two types: ones that produce large leaves and ones that have cascading vines much like the pothos plant. In general, they are all fairly easy to take care of. Pictured here, is a philodendron selloum (falls into the large leaf category).

Sunlight- All philodendrons like plenty of warmth, bright light, and moisture. These plants are more tropical in nature so think of replicating the type of light in a tropical canopy under trees. If their leaves turn yellow, it might mean too much light.

Watering- Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. You can let it dry out slightly between waterings, but aim to seep soil somewhat moist.

Pot- Choose a pot with a drainage hole.

Start with these plants, and work your way up to some more “needy” plants. There are plenty of low maintenance plants out there besides these, but this is a great starting place! As always, let me know if you have questions!



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