10 houseplants you can’t murder (we dare you)

Are you even a houseplant mom if you haven't killed at least two calathea and a f*cking maidenhair fern?

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Hi, my name is Liz and I've killed some plants.

Let's be honest here, we're all friends. If you love plants and have started an indoor jungle at home, you probably have killed a few of them. We have all done it. There's no shame in it. The only way to truly learn a new skill is by making mistakes - am I right or am I right?

Who here has dreamed of creating a beautiful green home bursting with lush plants? And who here struggles with keeping their plants alive? Be honest. Keeping houseplants alive is hard work. It takes a lot of work and learning to get your philodendrons cascading beautifully or your string of pearls to look plump and juicy.

If you're new to the game or you're looking to create a low-key indoor jungle without all the bells and whistles, here are our picks at NODE for 10 houseplants that you practically can’t murder. So put that fiddle-leaf fig down, and slowly back away.

Disclosure - plants are ALIVE which means they do need some things (light, air and water are generally considered essentials, guys) but these indoor plants are some of the tougher and hardier ones that can take neglect and still show up looking good. Enjoy!

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1. Golden pothos (Devil's Ivy)

Somewhat indestructible, golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the tougher of the common pothos on the market, with splashy gold and green leaves, leaves that stay green even without a lot of light.

Not only does golden pothos purify your home, but it is also a hardy plant that looks great in hanging baskets as it has long trailing vines that you can leave hanging down, or pin train upon a fern pole into a plant tower.

It's a great intro trailing plant for your urban jungle.

golden pothos

2. Peace Lily

A beautiful house plant with lovely white blooms, the peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is an easy plant to grow and requires low light. One of those for rooms with fewer windows!

You often see these guys in offices or hidden away because they are nice and green but can survive without a lot of light. They can grow massive and produce lovely white flowers. A super low-key and hard-to-kill plant, these guys are great for those wanting some green without fuss.

peace lily

3. Spider plant

Ah, the good old spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) which brings us straight back to 70's houseplant culture.

Perhaps not as trendy as it once was, it's a solid, impossible to accidentally murder through neglect, and it reproduces all on its own, whether you want it to or not. Spide plants often produce pups hanging off the ends of the long leaves.

spider plant

4. Tradescantia zebrina (Spiderwort)

Ah good old tradescantia, a plant we love to hate, but we can't deny that with it's shimmery purple and silver leaves, she's a beauty.

Pretty much a weed, it grows like gangbusters and you can't kill even if you tried (trust me, we have forgotten some of these and they're still going strong). You can quite literally pull off a piece of the stem, chuck in soil, and you'll have a new plant before you know it.

Tradescantia looks amazing trailing down and hanging off shelves or tops of bookcases, and can take almost any light.

tradescantia zebrina

5. Peperomia

A good plant for beginners, peperomia are pretty common here in New Zealand and come in many types and varieties, most of which are pretty easy plants to care for.

Most peperomias are ow maintenance and have lovely lush leaves. A great feature of the peperomia is that they can be propagated using any part of the plant – the stem and the leaf which makes it easy to keep growing.

Watermelon peperomia are a little more fussy than the rest but just keep them humid and they'll be happy!


6. Rubber Plant (ficus elastica)

A hardy, low maintenance plant with lovely big leaves, rubber plants are popular for a reason: they can grow just about anywhere in any conditions. Up north in New Zealand, you'll see them grow wild outside, whereas further south they make lovely indoor plants that can be trimmed and encouraged to grow many different ways

Rubber plants you can find in NZ:

  • Ficus elastica - Tineke (white variegation)

  • Ficus elastica - Ruby (red variegation)

  • Ficus elastica - Black Knight (solid black)

  • Ficus elastica - Shivereana (light green variegation)

  • Ficus elastica - Robusta (good old normal green)

rubber plants