Taking Root: Top 7 Unkillable Houseplants for Beginners​

How many newly-minted “plant moms” have you met lately?

Since COVID-19 took hold of the UK, most industries crashed… except gardening, greenhouses, and horticulture. Online plant store Patch said its sales increased by 500% during lockdown. Overall, potted plant sales are up by 70%, and show no sign of stopping.

So what’s all the fuss?

Having a few plants around can increase your energy and attentiveness, lower blood pressure, and even clean your air. With winter well on its way (as well as possible holiday lockdowns), we’re keen for as many mood-boosting tips we can get.

The government has even launched a trailblazing scheme aimed to tackle mental health crises in communities hardest hit by coronavirus through “green prescribing” – supporting cycling and walking groups, green gyms, and conservation projects like tree planting. These activities, like gardening, reduce isolation and loneliness.

Why wait for the scheme to launch? Winter temperatures might keep you from exercising outside, and perhaps the endless YouTube playlist of living room yoga seems a bit grim. Add a plant to the space and you’ll see surprising results! Research by the University of Essex for mental health charity MIND shows that a staggering 94% of people who exercise in green space feel it benefits their mental health. 

Whether to boost your mood, clean your air, or kill your boredom, plants are the way to go (and no, a fake Christmas tree doesn’t count).

Worried you’ve got a “black thumb”? Fear no more! We’ve narrowed down the most unkillable houseplants for you to snag today. 

1. Dracaena 

A pro air filterer. The chemicals dracaena can remove from your air have known links with respiratory problems, headaches, and more.

2. Snake Plant

Exceptional for removing excess carbon monoxide from your air.

3. Cast-Iron Plant

If we could rename it, we’d call it “Iron Man” plant. This thing is indestructible. 

4. ZZ Plant

ZZ plants’ waxy leaves reflect sunlight and brighten any space.

5. Corn Plant

According to NASA, these little guys are great for absorbing toxins like formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

6. Golden Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)

Also known as a “cupboard vine,” this Pothos plant could survive in virtually any environment (yes, even your studio flat). 

7. Parlour Palm

Parlour palms’ volume fill a small space well, and absorb icky pollutants in your air. Some recommend placing it near a sofa that might be “off-gassing” (whatever that means).