10 Hardy Indoor Plants You (Probably) Can’t Kill

Got a brown thumb? Maybe you're just not growing the right plants! These hardy indoor varieties are virtually indestructible.

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Best indoor plants Canada - snake plants
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Snake Plant

The snake plant needs very little water, and doesn’t require an abundance of sunlight, making it one of the most hardy indoor plants. Snake plants can even be left alone for a couple of weeks if you decide to go on an extended holiday.

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Hardy indoor plants - aloe vera
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Aloe Vera

Try growing some aloe vera now so it’s ready to use when you get that summer sunburn! Aloe vera doesn’t need direct light, but it does need a warmer room. Try keeping aloe vera in a south or west facing part of your home and water it just once a week as it prefers dry soil.

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Best indoor plants Canada - succulents
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Succulents can thrive with little water so they make the perfect plant for those who may tend to forget watering.

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Hardy indoor plants - jasmine
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Jasmine plants produce white flowers that you can easily train to grow around a hoop. They do enjoy cooler temperatures at night and some daytime sunlight, making them a good option for growing indoors.

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Hardy indoor plants -staghorn fern
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Staghorn Fern

You can keep a staghorn fern thriving with medium light and moderate moisture. These ferns do well in baskets hung from the ceiling.

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Hardy indoor plants - zebra plant
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Zebra Plant

A zebra plant will add some personality to your space with its striped leaves. Zebra pants do well in high humidity, so add one to your bathroom for a fresh look.

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Hardy indoor plants - spider plant
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Spider Plant

Spider plants are a popular indoor plant choice as they help improve the air quality of your home. This plant requires light, so make sure it’s near a south or west facing window, but keep it out of direct light as the leaves can scorch. It needs occasional watering.

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Hardy indoor plants - potted cyclamen
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If conditions are right for the cyclamen, the flowers can last a long time. Various colours are available, including red, purple, white and pink. A Christmastime favourite, cyclamens do well with filtered light and a temperature of no more than 18 degrees C (65 degrees F). The soil should be kept moist.

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Hardy indoor plants you can't kill - peace lily
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Peace Lily

The peace lily likes medium to low sunlight and it only needs water when the soil is dry. The peace lily is another popular choice for growing indoors as it helps improve air quality.

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Hardy house plants - streptocarpus
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Streptocarpus, aka Cape Primrose, is a popular choice for indoor growing because the orchid-like flowers have a long bloom period. They thrive in indirect light and can come back to life if neglected for long periods of time.

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