It was Kermit who said 鈥淚t鈥檚 not easy being green,鈥 and we have to wonder: Have any truer words ever been spoken? Of course, the beloved amphibian was lamenting his frog-ness, but the same unfortunately holds true for the plants in our apartments. We love the way greenery gives life to a room, purifies the air and adds that dope Scandinavian aesthetic everyone鈥檚 after. But if you鈥檙e living in an apartment with little light or travel often so constant watering isn鈥檛 feasible, having plants is next to impossible! That鈥檚 why we鈥檝e rounded up 10 of the most independent, hardy plants on this green Earth that鈥檒l keep your apartment looking fresh, all with little work on your end.


spider plant

1. Spider Plant: You basically have to try to kill a spider plant, they鈥檙e so easy to care for. Keep the soil moist and give this quick grower light to moderate sun for it to flourish. Thriving spider plants will propagate 鈥渟piderettes,鈥 which are mini offshoots that you can repot and feel like a total #plantboss.

Zamioculcas plant

2. ZZ Plant: The ZZ plant鈥檚 waxy, shiny leaves make it look extra healthy, no matter what. Thankfully, actually keeping it that way isn鈥檛 hard to do: It requires low light and little watering. Seriously, if you give it too much light, the leaves will scald, and if you overwater it, it鈥檒l drown.

Monstera plant

3. Split-Leaf Philodendron: Not only does this tropical beauty thrive in low light (and with little attention), it鈥檚 also replaced the fiddle-leaf fig with Insta It Girls for most coveted indoor plant 鈥 get ready for your likes to blow up! They grow quickly, so it鈥檚 best to cut the longer stems at the base to keep it from getting OOC. Pro tip: Those cut stems will keep for weeks in a small vase of clean water.

A couple of yucca house plants in a single white pot

4. Yucca Cane Plant: These are great for awkward corners that need to be filled, since they grow tall and quickly. It prefers indirect sunlight. Wait for the soil to dry before watering your yucca cane plant again.

Pachira pots

5. Money Tree Plant: Money tree plants are considered good luck and are thought to bring prosperity, which makes them excellent housewarming gifts. Plus, they require low light, once-weekly watering and no pruning. Sort of like the perfect houseguest!


Jade and lucky bamboo

6. Jade Plant: Give your jade plant plenty of sunlight, keep the soil moderately dry and fertilize it twice a year, and this lucky guy will live happily ever after with you.

aloe vera

7. Aloe Plant: You can leave your aloe plant to fend for itself during your entire two-week vacation to Miami, but the minute you get back home with a sunburn, it鈥檚 there to soothe your irritated skin. Keep it in indirect sunlight, and make sure the soil is dry and crumbly before you water it again.

Sansevieria trifasciata snake plant

8. Snake Plant: Let your snake plant soil dry out between waterings and keep it in indirect sunlight so it can thrive. These popular plants are perfect for your desk, bookcase or bar cart.

rubber plant

9. Rubber Plant: Keep your rubber plant in bright, indirect sunlight and moist soil for it to thrive. Also be sure to wipe down its leaves every couple of weeks; dust can inhibit its ability to absorb crucial sun rays.

Air Plants on white background

10. Air Plants: Air plants need so little care, you don鈥檛 even have to pot them in soil. The succulents will often get as much moisture as they need just by pulling it out of the air (hence the name). If you live in a particularly dry climate, just mist them once a week to keep 鈥檈m alive.

Do you have any secret tips for keeping your plants happy and healthy? Tweet us @BritandCo and give us the scoop!

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