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14 Houseplants For People With No Green Thumb

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1. Spider Plant

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The name may plant horrible images in your head, but spider plants are actually known to be one of the most adaptable and easy to care for houseplants! Medium light, moist soil, and comfortable room temperatures will keep them alive in your dwelling.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says yes.

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2. Philodendron

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This tropical-looking houseplant comes in many different sizes, shapes, and coloring, including the popular split-leaf version (pictured). Although there are many kinds, one thing they have in common is their ability to survive neglect…you mean, mean plant parent.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says no.

3. Boston Fern

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This low-maintenance plant is a good choice for people who want a no-fuss, lush look in their home. Boston ferns mainly need a cool place, with high humidity and indirect light. If you can manage those three basic needs, you'll have a green friend for years.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says yes.

4. Jade Plant

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Sometimes called the money plant, this cute succulent doesn't ask for much. It’s pretty low maintenance, just make sure not to drown it. A good method to use is to water your jade when the top of the soil feels dry.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says no.

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5. Snake Plant

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This plant is perfect for the forgetful type because it can survive neglect for weeks at a time. Not only is it pretty, but it can benefit your health too since it improves indoor air quality. If the snake plant had a motto it might be “you’re welcome.”

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says no.

6. Bromeliad

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This cousin of the pineapple may look like a diva, but it's actually pretty easy to handle. It can thrive in a wide temperature range (between 55 degrees and 80 degrees) and is tolerant of drought, so if you only remember to water it once a week, you'll still be good.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASCPA says no.

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7. Sweetheart Hoya

This houseplant is popular because of the pretty blooms and nice fragrance it can produce. It doesn’t require much sun and because of the large, succulent leaves you don’t need to water it that often. The blooms aren’t guaranteed, but can be coaxed with the right amount of sunlight. But don't worry, if you can't get the blooms to come, you'll still fall in love with the heart-shaped leaves.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says yes.

8. Dracaena

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If you're looking to spruce up your floorspace, look to this easy-to-handle plant. All you have to do is keep it dry and somewhere on the warm side, as they do best in temperatures between 65 degrees and 80 degrees. Dracaena also like plenty of light, so a sunny window spot will be handy too.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says no.

9. Kalanchoe

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Pretty on the outside, tough on the inside, the kalanchoe is a great choice if you want a little more color in your home. Because they are succulents, they are OK to go a little dry between watering. It also works well with dry climates and temperature changes, so it should be able to adapt to the ficklest of homeowners.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says no.

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10. Pothos

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An undemanding plant, the pothos is considered a good beginner plant. They’re also ideal plants for bathrooms or offices because they can tolerate low light. How they'll feel about living in a bathroom is up for debate.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says no.

11. Echeveria

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This is one of the prettiest succulent plants because of the bloom-like shape it grows in. There are many varieties and colors, so you can easily find the right one to go with a specific color scheme in your own home if you have one. Be sure to give these guys plenty of constant light and keep the soil moist (not flooded) to keep 'em healthy.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says yes.

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12. Aloe

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Sure, you’re probably familiar with its medicinal properties, but aloe plants make wonderful home décor too. It’s another succulent, so it does well in dry conditions. The key to making your aloe thrive is making sure it gets plenty of indirect sunlight.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says no.

13. English Ivy

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This romantic plant is a wonderful climber, so they’re great for hanging indoors. If you wanna get really fancy, pot it with a stake to watch climbing commence...over time anyway. Moist soil and cool temperatures will make your ivy thrive.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says no.

14. Shamrock Plant

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This plant will not only bring luck into your home, but also some bright green coloring and even pops of white with its little flowers. These guys are easy to care for, but they have a few specific requirements like cool temperatures and lots of fresh air.

Is it safe for cats and dogs? The ASPCA says no.

Wanna learn more about indoor plant care? Check out thesill.com and Better Homes and Gardens guides.

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