The Ultimate Guide to Never Killing a Houseplant Again

updated Jul 16, 2020
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There are those whose home is a verdant playground of lush leaves, beautiful foliage and healthy, happy houseplants. And there are the rest of us, who bring home plants full of hope, only to see that hope wither alongside each sad leaf that browns and falls off. Never again. We’ve gathered our best advice for what kind of plants to get, where to get them, what to do with them once you have them and more, all in one spot. This is your ultimate guide to never killing a house plant again.

Start off on the right leaf:

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Some suggestions on where to get plants:

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→ Where To Get Plants

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→ 5 Easy Etsy Plant Shops

Black thumbs, ONLY choose plants from these lists:

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→ The Best Hard-To-Kill Houseplants For Black Thumbs

Lacking in light? Choose a less needy plant:

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→ 7 Low Light Houseplants To Green Up The Home

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→ Sansevieria: A Favorite Houseplant for Low Light

How to keep plants happy:

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Why having plants in the house is a good idea:

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→ Would You Like to Be Instantly Smarter?

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→ Replacing Air Purifiers With Household Plants

When in doubt, go with air plants:

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And of course, there’s always cactus:

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→ How To Become a Cactus Collector

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What to do with your plants when you move:

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→ How To: Prepare Your Plants For A Move

Now you! Are you a former plant killer who’s figured out how to keep green things alive? Share your foolproof tips in the comments.

– Re-edited from a post originally published 9.7.2014 – CM