Posted By Heather Rusick on 9/9/11 8:00 AM

Plants that are hard to kill

Are you a plant lover but was not born with a green thumb? Not to worry, here is a list of plants that are hard to kill - I mean you really, really have to try to kill them. Now your apartment can be lush with green, beautiful plants!

  1. Split-Leaf Philodendron – Just because you can’t keep a plant alive doesn’t mean you have to settle for a small plant. If your looking for a plant that makes a statement, the Split-Leaf Philodendron also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant is right up your ally. It only requires to be watered every 7 – 10 days and if you keep it within 8 feet of sunlight, the plant will grow large and lush and showcase it’s oversized leaves. Keep in mind, once you have found a location for this plant it would be wise to keep it there, the Split-Leaf Philodendron tends to get comfortable in it's element and can throw a temper tantrum if you move it to a new location.
  2. Christmas Cactus – If your looking for a smaller plant with some color, the Christmas Cactus is perfect for you. I know what your thinking... A CACTUS? Yes! The Christmas Cactus should be in a different plant family because of it's beautiful red petals. This plant is known to have an extensive life span, it might even pass you up! To care for the Christmas Cactus water regularly during spring and summer and spread out the waterings during winter and fall. Also, keep the plant in a sunny room without a draft during the day and move to a dark room at night. This plant requires a little more maintenance but you can’t kill it if you follow these simple rules.
  3. Chinese Evergreen – This is the EASIEST plant to take care of and will give your apartment the quintessential homey feel. There are only two rules to keeping this plant alive, it requires to be kept in a home that is above 55 degrees and only likes to be watered when the soil is dry – that’s it, go out and buy one today!
  4. Peace Lily - The Peace Lily is a great plant for apartments with a modern, clean look. It's elegant white pedals lay against large green leaves making this a desirable plant, and the lack of care required makes the Peace Lily even more desirable. This pretty little plant is a thirsty one, it requires regular watering, more like a regular drenching. Keep the watering’s spaced out; you can even wait until the plant starts drooping to water again. The Peace Lily also requires to be kept in indirect sunlight. If you are living in a pet friendly apartment this may not be the plant for you, they are toxic to cats and dogs.
  5. African Violet – This is the perfect plant for you plant killers. These little purple creations are creatures of habit and do not like to be moved around. The African Violet acclimates to the sun levels they were originally placed in and have a tough time readjusting to new climates. When watering the plant, water sparingly and only water when the soil is dry. Do not get water on the leaves or over saturate it. If you follow these few little tips, you will keep this plant alive for years.

It’s time to take a stand plant killers of Shea Apartment Communities - let your friends and family know you can have plants in your apartment, and you can keep them alive! Who knows, if you succeed at keeping you plant alive for a year maybe you can get a dog.

What kind of plants have you killed? Don’t worry, there is no judgment here!