Best indoor plants

Guide to Indoor Plants: 30+ House Plants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill

Are you a notorious plant killer? Not to worry, we’ve found the best indoor plants that are almost impossible to kill. You definitely don’t need a green thumb for these common house plants to keep kicking, and as a bonus, they act as a great piece of decor to brighten up any room. Being surrounded by greenery also keeps you relaxed and can even increase your concentration, perfect for those WFH days. Low maintenance indoor plants aren’t just succulents, you might be surprised by how many beautiful plants are out there that are hard to kill. So let’s get into what exactly an indoor plant is and what you need to look for.

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Indoor plants or houseplants are typically smaller in size and thrive inside. Some require more light than others, and some require less water. Indoor plants are a great way to spruce up your home, office or any area that needs a little more TLC. Hardy plants that won’t die on your watch is just what you need, but before we get into the specifics, we need to cover how not to kill your new house guest.

How Do I Know When to Water My Plant?

Watering, now that can be a heavily debated topic, but we’re here to show you just what you can do to make sure your indoor plant is getting the right amount of water. The golden rule is that it’s better to underwater than overwater. This is because the plant will effectively drown with too much water in its system. A useful tip if you’re wondering if your plant needs water is to touch the soil. If the soil attaches to your finger, your plant is well hydrated, so good job! If the soil is flaky and doesn’t stick, you need to water it. Wilting is also another indicator that your plant needs water. A trick for this is to check the weight of the plant. If it’s heavy, it’s okay, but if it’s light, it means it’s dry.

How Much Light Does it Need?

Not every plant needs a lot of light, but indoor plants like succulents and cacti need constant light/daily doses of sunlight. Peace lilies are the perfect example of indoor plants that will do better in the shade. For plants that do need light, a window sill or sunny spot near a window is ideal, but for those that thrive with dim light, any corner of the house will do, just don’t forget to water it.

What Soil is Best?

There are a variety of soils you can use for your indoor plants, some are more specific to the type of plant, e.g. a succulent mix. For general soil, using a premium quality mix will be suitable for every type of indoor plant.

How do I Get Rid of bugs?

Bugs can be inconvenient and stressful, but there are ways to get rid of them. Head on over to your local Bunnings, not for a snag but for some insect spray. As soon as you see a bug, spritz the stem and the tops and underside of the leaves. Repeat this process 3 times with 2-week intervals. If your plant is too infested, it’s sadly time to let it go.

How Long Do Indoor Plants Live For? And What Do You Need to Do to Make Them Last?

Well, indoor plants don’t live as long as outdoor plants, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be maintained. Typically they live for about 2-5 years but don’t be disheartened, if you take care of it regularly and don’t overwater, it could last a lot longer than that. Your plant might also grow and become too big for its original pot. If you don’t change the pot, it could also lead to a shorter lifespan for that plant. To do this, all you need is to choose a decent sized new pot and add some of that premium potting mix. This might sound like a weird step but you’ll need to trim the roots, often you might have to do a little light chop off the end, don’t worry if you take out some roots completely, the rest of them will ensure the plant survives. Then all you have to do next is plant it in the new pot and water it.

Best Indoor Houseplants

Stuck on which plants to buy? We’ve got you covered. Here is a list of the best indoor plants to buy. These are a suckers that are almost impossible to kill, so no matter how bad you are at gardening, you should be able to manage these ones.

1. Burgundy Rubber Tree

This plant requires a larger pot because it does tend to grow quite quickly. Its sturdy glossy leaves and dark green colour will be just what your quiet corner needs. Keep it in a shaded area for optimal growing results.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Keep it moist during summer, mist daily. In winter, water it twice a month
Price: $20

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2. Flapjack – Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora

This is one hardy plant, it thrives in summer and actually craves sunlight. Its thick light green leaves with a top pink border makes it a great and unique plant that will intrigue all your party guests.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Sparingly, only if the soil is dry
Price: $11.50

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3. Widow’s Thrill – Kalanchoe Calandiva

This is one of our indoor flowering plants, and it’s also a succulent, so you know it’s going to be another easy one. While most flowers die during winter, the Widow’s Thrill actually flowers, and you’ll get a range of red, orange, white and pink petals.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week but check the soil to make sure you’re not overwatering
Price: $10

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4. Ponytail Palm

Hardy and drought-tolerant, two words every Aussie plant lover wants to hear. This indoor plant has a thick trunk with leaves that fall over beautifully. As it’s a slow-growing plant, you might not see it flower the first summer, but when it does, you’ll be welcomed with fluffy white flowers.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Every 2-3 weeks
Price: $25

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5. Philodendron Congo

Tropical and exotic, the Philodendron Congo is a showpiece for your room or office. Its hardy leaves that are a rich green matched with rhubarb coloured stems will have you staring at it for days. It’s also an air purifying plant, which means it cleanses out your air and helps you breathe better.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week during summer
Price: $20

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6. Painted Leaf Begonia

The Painted Leaf Begonia is colourful and fun, with decorative leaves that come in red, white and silver. For this one, you might need to re-pot it if the soil keeps drying out. If you want the best results, feed your plant liquid fertiliser once a month. The soil should be moist but not overly soggy.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Keep an eye on the soil, water once every 7-10 days
Price: $8.70

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7. Zanzibar Gem

This plant actually wants to test you because it thrives with as little water as possible and also grows best in low light. In winter it doesn’t need any water at all, feel free to neglect it because that’s precisely what it wants. The leaves grow upwards, so be sure to re-pot if it feels as though it’s getting too big.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Zero unless the soil is super dry
Price: $32.90

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8. Mother In Law’s Tongue

Don’t let the name fool you, this indoor plant is actually super easy to manage, and it’s hardy. The snake-like thin leaves with a light border will give your room that pop of colour it needs. As it’s a succulent, it’ll need a sandy potting mix and for its best chance of survival, avoid fertilising it in the winter.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once every two weeks
Price: $33.90

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9. Amate Umbrella Tree

The Amate Umbrella tree is the ideal office plant, it’s tough and tropical with large cascading green leaves. It thrives in low light and doesn’t need much watering.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Avoid overwatering this one, let the soil dry out first
Price: $20

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10. Floriana Dieffenbachia Dumbcane

With pretty striped leaves that have a leathery feel, this indoor plant loves warm and sunny places indoors.  To keep this plant happy and healthy use a liquid fertiliser every 2 to 3 months.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once every two weeks or once a week during summer
Price: $20

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11. Spider Plant

The Spider Plant is tough and hardy but also stunning. The slender green leaves are bordered by a soft cream colour that gives your house or office a splash of colour. It’s super easy to maintain and literally impossible to kill.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week
Price: $8.70

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12. Devils Ivy

With heart-shaped leaves that are green with flecks of gold, this is another office plant that is tropical, strong and also acts as an air purifier.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week
Price: $10

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13. Prayer Plant

The Prayer Plant is simple, beautiful and bright. Its large silver striped leaves are unusual, and they definitely draw attention. It’s a great starter plant for newbies.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week
Price: $8.70

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14. Calathea Exotica

Similar to the Prayer Plant, the Calathea Exotica is an indoor plant that has striped silvery green leaves but with a burgundy underside. It’s super common because it’s so easy to maintain and pretty. It’s best to keep it in the shade as it tends to wilt more quickly in the sun.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week
Price: $20

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15. Peperomia Pink Lady

With lily pad-like leaves and pink stems, the Peperomia Pink Lady is cute, understated and striking. Pink flowers can appear during summer, making it even more bright and fun for your space.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once every two weeks
Price: $8.70

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16. Medicinal Aloe Vera

You’ve probably seen aloe vera cream or the drink, but the plant is actually really easy to grow, and you’ll have an unlimited supply of the soothing gel. This indoor plant thrives in dry climates and is drought tolerant. The gel can treat sunburns, eczema and even minor burns. Make sure the soil is dried out before watering.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once every 3 weeks.
Price: $11.50

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17. Fruit Salad Plant

The Fruit Salad Plant is another popular one, with large leaves and edible fruit. It livens up any room and can even make you feel calm.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Give it a good soak when you first buy it, and then check the soil to maintain your watering schedule
Price: $20

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18. Jade

The Jade plant or Peperomia Obtusifolia has round thick leaves, it’s underrated and is a perfect addition to your growing collection. Shade with dim light is best for this plant.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once to twice a week
Price: $10

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19. Hen and Chicken Fern

Light green leaves that are hardy, the Hen and Chicken Fern is an indoor plant that softens up any space. It does well in both warm and cold climates and likes low light.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week
Price: $10

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20. Fiddle Leaf Fig

This is one beautiful indoor plant as the large textured leaves are different shades of green. You don’t need to do much for this one to thrive, it hardly needs any water and prefers low light.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Only water when the top layer of soil is dry.
Price: $20

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21. Yucca

The Yucca Plant is drought tolerant, with spiky leaves and it requires little watering. It’s definitely a statement indoor plant, and it also survives in extreme climates. After about 3-4 years, white flowers bloom.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once every 10 days
Price: $75

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22. Chinese Money Plant

The coin-shaped rounded leaves are of a deep green colour, and as a bonus it’s non-toxic, so it’s a great plant if you have little kids or pets. Shade is where it loves to grow the most. It also has white flowers that may appear.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week
Price: $12

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23. Red Edged Dragon Tree

The Red Edged Dragon Tree has striking spiky leaves that are a deep green colour and it’s another drought-tolerant one. Depending on the amount of sun the plant gets, the leaves tend to change colour.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Mist 2-3 times a week, check soil for the watering schedule
Price: $23.50

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24. Lucky Bamboo

This one has bamboo stalks with light green leaves that bunch up at the top. It’s an easy to manage indoor plant that thrives in shaded corners with a limited water supply.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Every 7-10 days and mist once a week.
Price: $25

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25. Indian Rubber Tree

Stunning leaves that are almost black with deep red accents throughout. If the leaves turn yellow, it’s been overwatered.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Water only when the soil is dry.
Price: $25

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26. Baby Tears

Contrary to its name, Baby Tears has cascading leaves that are a mixture of dark and bright green shades. It loves being constantly moist, and it also acts as an air purifier.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Every 5-7 days
Price: $8.70

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27. Peace Lily

White flowers that bloom out of long majestic dark green leaves. This indoor plant craves indirect light.

Maintenance: Intermediate
How Often To Water: Every two days
Price: $12.50

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28. Blue Moon Peace Lily

This peace lily has thicker leaves that are darker in colour. It’s also an air purifier and flowers in spring and summer. It also loves bright places.

Maintenance: Intermediate
How Often To Water: Once a week and mist the leaves twice a week during summer
Price: $40

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29. Flamingo Flower

The indoor plant is super cheap and a great starter plant. It’s cute, small and has light green heart-shaped leaves. It also has calming properties and acts as an air filter. If the leaves yellow it’s been overwatered.

Maintenance: Intermediate
How Often To Water: Every 3 days
Price: $6

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30. Bromeliad

The Bromeliad has thick glossy leaves with a bright red or orange long-lasting flower that emerges at the top. It loves the shade and is easy to maintain.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week and mist leaves if they’re dry.
Price: $17

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31. Poinsettia

Another cheap one, the Poinsettia, has dark leaves at the bottom as the top is filled with beautiful Christmas red leaves. It thrives in both the sun and shade.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week
Price: $9

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32. Zebra Plant

True to its name, this indoor plant has zebra stripes that contrast between light and dark green. It needs shade to grow.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week
Price: $25

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33. Grey Star

The Grey Star has silvery green leaves with a dark green border and a burgundy underside, it’s definitely similar to the Calathea Exotica. The only difference is the slightly narrow shape to the Grey Star leaves and that it grows upwards.

Maintenance: Intermediate
How Often To Water: Every 4 days
Price: $25

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34. Moonlight

This plant is definitely a show stopper, its bright yellow almost fluorescent like leaves will put a smile on anyone’s face. It’s absolutely striking, and a must need for every indoor plant lover. It also has pink flowers that complement the leaves perfectly.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once every 2 weeks
Price: $10

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35. Freckle Face

Red-spotted leaves with a green underside, the Freckle Face plant comes in a range of shades and is just a super vibrant plant to have in your home or office. Part or full shade is best.

Maintenance: Low
How Often To Water: Once a week
Price: $8.70

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General FAQs

What are some good indoor plants?

The Peace Lily, the Zanzibar Gem and the Mother In Laws Tongue are some really good indoor plants.

How often should I water an indoor plant?

Depends on the plant but most indoor plants require water once a week. Check the soil before watering.

How can you tell if you are overwatering plants?

If the soil is damp, if the leaves have yellows or the plant develops fungi.

What are the best indoor plants for apartments?

Most indoor plants are good for apartments, our favourites are the Zanzibar Gem and Moonlight.

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