Top 20 hard to kill indoor plants

Top 20 hard to kill plants feature

Here at STYLE CURATOR HQ we love indoor plants… trouble is, we’re not that great at keeping them alive!

Some of our recent victims include that pretty lace fern, a chilli plant and a CACTUS! Yes, seems we can even kill a cactus, ha!

We have tried and tested most of the plants on our top 20 hard to kill indoor plants list so we’re pretty confident even someone with a black thumb could keep them alive.

Top 20 hard to kill indoor plants

Top 20 hard to kill indoor plants

1. String of pearls

2. Peace lily

Gina’s peace lily has been going strong for over 6 years and the best thing about this plant is it shows you when it needs water (all the arms of it just flop down) and once you give it water, it’s back to being A-OK.

Don’t worry if it looks like it has well and truly died with every single leaf turning brown, this plant has a way of rising from the ashes. Simply remove all the dead leaves (you may be looking at nothing but dirt) and just water well once a week — there’s a good chance you’ll see new leaves coming up in just a couple of weeks.

3. Golden pothos

4. Spider plant

5. Mother-in-law’s tongue

6. Aloe

7. Echeverias

Echeverias is the succulent on our desk below and not only is it still going strong, we’ve been able to take cuttings and propagate it many times.

You can find out more about propagating succulents here.

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8. Ponytail palm

9. Ox tongue

10. Zebra haworthia

11. Jade plant

The other week we used a jade plant in our DIY mini moss ball tutorial and that is one super hardy plant!

It can tolerate a lot, including infrequent watering and strong sun, and is said to be a lucky tree or money tree 🙂

12. Philodendron

13. Prayer plant

14. String of hearts

15. Fiddle leaf fig

16. Umbrella plant

17. Burro tail

18. Dracaena

19. Rubber plant

Also known as a Ficus elastica, this large indoor plant has beautiful deep green glossy leaves and is easy to keep alive when you know how.

Position the plant in a room where it gets bright light but not direct sunlight. When it comes to watering, you can water it 1-2 times a week during summer months and only 1-2 times a month during winter months. It’s also a good idea to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to avoid dust build up — your plant will love it and it will look more beautiful too.

20. English ivy

If you love these plant suggestions, you might like to also check out the Top 10 trending indoor plants right NOW here.

And if you could do with a little extra help in learning how to keep plants alive, find out the Top 12 reasons your killing your indoor plants and what to do about it here.

What’s your go-to indoor plant? Tell us in the comments below!


  1. THANK YOU thank you thanks you!! OMG I have zero gardening skills and all my plants seem to die. Even my succulents go all weird and tall and stringy. Fingers crossed I can keep one of these alive!

    • Ha ha Rachel, sounds like us! Good luck keeping one of these plants alive, we’re pretty sure you’ll do just fine 🙂

  2. Great selection of plants Gina. I love African violets and Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchids but these are definitely not for the beginner. The biggest killer of indoor plants is over watering,especially in winter so my tip is only to water when the potting mix is dry to the touch. Don’t leave succulents sitting in water either. Indoor plants only need a fraction of the fertiliser of those in garden beds so check you are using the right application rates. The most important thing is to give indoor gardening a go.

    • Wow, thanks for sharing your expert advice Diane! Yes, Moth Orchids are definitely not for the beginner… we managed to kill one of these too, ha ha. Great tips on how to care for them – overwatering is definitely our biggest issue but we’ll try your trick of testing the soil first 🙂 Thank you!

  3. An old standard indoor plant that is still providing pleasure is the “Cast Iron Plant” Aspidistra elation.
    Beautiful deep green that enjoys no direct sun, and loves to be put out in the rain for a freshen up, before being returned indoors away from the sun. Relative slow grower requiring minimal care.

    • Thanks for that great suggestion David! Just googled it and it’s a beautiful indoor plant… now to put it to the test and see if we can keep it alive 😉

  4. My go to indoor plants are the African violets. They are easy to care for. I let my African violets dry out and after one or two days I place them in the sink with water and fertilizer and then let the excess water drain before putting back on window sill. I have two African violets for ten years and they are still going strong.

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