Plants to Grow If You Don’t Have a Green Thumb

Plants to Grow If You Don’t Have a Green Thumb

Let’s face it, not everyone was born with a green thumb. For those that can’t seem to keep a plant alive despite a valid attempt, there is hope. You, too, can breathe life into your space by choosing the right plants. These three plants are on the low-maintenance side. So if you are a forgetful gardener, don't worry -- these plants don't mind being neglected.

Air Plants

These are the coolest looking minimalist plants you will encounter. They don't need soil to thrive like most. They require a seldom spritz of water and an area that is out of direct sunlight. That's about it. So if you can remember every few days to mist the air plant or submerge it in water, that's all there is to it. If you are looking for a unique way to decorate, this plant is for you. You can build a decorative terrarium or design a creative way to hang the air plant from the ceiling. In fact, I have one hanging down from the ceiling inside a colorful shell that looks like a jellyfish.


Succulents require very little watering, with some requiring no water for months. They store water in the leaves, making them ideal for the forgetful gardener. They thrive in dry conditions, so grow them in a pot with proper drainage and give them plenty of light. They can be grown indoors or outdoors, and come in a variety of unique shapes and colors. If you do grow outdoors, note that succulents don't like cold conditions. Be sure to remember that just like us, they prefer to be kept warm and comfy inside on cold winter days.

Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo, or Dracaena sanderiana, is that fun indoor plant that is nicknamed for resembling bamboo even though it is not. Keep it in a bright room with indirect sunlight. Submerge the roots in about two inches of distilled water. Change the water out every two weeks. Lucky Bamboo can be grown in water or soil. If going the water route, stick it into pebbles (like in the bottom of your fish bowl). Now this is where it gets slightly more complicated. (Fear not, you can handle it.) The plant does need some extra nutrients, so add fertilizer to the soil or water every two to four weeks. Think you can handle that? 

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