House plants are great for many reasons. They freshen up your home, create oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Studies have shown that they help curb anxiety, depression and ugly decor. They help to improve mood and productivity while beautifying any space. There are plenty of great greens to keep in your home but picking the right ones can be challenging so we put together the top houseplants that are almost impossible to kill!

Devils ivy

 Devils Ivy via @leefromamerica

Devils Ivy via @leefromamerica

Technically a vine, it is leafy grows fast and isn’t picky when it comes to environmental conditions. It will even stay green and healthy when not in direct sunlight or being fed any fertilizers. Beware that this plant is poisonous to cats and dogs, so be careful buying this if you have a furry family! How to take care of it: feed it straight water about once a week and leave it be.

Jade

 Jade plant via Urban Jungle

Jade plant via Urban Jungle

These plants are easy to overwater. They like very little water, especially in winter! Jade plants will typically flower in the wintertime. You want them to have a nice woody stalk! Why? WELL they are very easy to put through bonsai process when healthy and strong making them even more beautiful! How to take care of it: water once a week-ish erroring on the side of under watering and be sure to give them lots of sunlight!

Aloe

 via @amberbohm

via @amberbohm

A super popular plant to keep in your home. There are over 500 species of these cute succulents. These babies naturally grow in extremely hot and dry conditions so they want very little water. Aloe vera can be used as an “alternative” medicine and honestly there is nothing that feels better on sunburns. How to take care of it: infrequent watering and positive vibes.

Peace lily

 via @nikkihallisey

via @nikkihallisey

Peace lillies only need watered once a week so you don’t need to hope that your friend will stop in and take care of your plants if you take a weekend getaway. These little beauties also clean the air of a couple of different chemicals. While the peace lily is not a true lily, it is still somewhat toxic to humans and animals. Careful! How to take care of it: water once a week and keep out of direct sunlight

Aspidistra elatIor

 via WaitroseGarden

via WaitroseGarden

Also known as the bar room plant, grows up to 2 ft tall with large dark green leaves. It is very tolerant of low light, low humidity, temperature fluctuation and irregular watering. So basically, the less you do for it the more it will love you, making it a perfect plant for the first time plant owner. How to take care of it: just do whatever you want remembering that less is more!

African violets

 via @anajkafialky

via @anajkafialky

These beauts are highly sensitive to temperature changes. They need to be watered with luke warm or room temperature water that has been allowed to sit out for at least one day. The reason for this is tap water contains trace amounts of chlorine which can kill the plants. African violets have long been associated with mothers and motherhood so grow an extra one to give to your Mom as a token of appreciation of your love for her! How to take care of it: allow to dry out between waterings.

Monstera

 via @_houseplanthouse

via @_houseplanthouse

We love Monstera's so much we have them in the BK Loft! Also known as the “swiss cheese plant” has very unusual large leaves that have natural holes. The best-known representative of the genus, Monstera deliciosa, is grown for its fruit that tastes like a combination of banana and pineapple. Sounds absolutely delicious! We’ll take two. However, the plant usually does not flower and produce fruit unless it is grown outdoors. All parts of this plant are toxic except for the fruit! How to take care of it: water once the top two inches of soil have dried out keep away from direct sunlight.

Air plants

 via @ktstrainge

via @ktstrainge

Air plants produce bright, vibrant colors varying between red, yellow, purple and pink! The craziest part is it does NOT need to be grown in soil. It can even thrive in a vase with some decorative marbles or seashells! How to take care of it: very infrequent watering, allow plant to fully dry out before watering again.

Happy planting and potting!

Xoxo,

Candice Simons, j’adore Detroit

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