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8 Hard-to-Kill Houseplants For a Cursed Green Thumb

8 Hard-to-Kill Houseplants For a Cursed Green Thumb

The wide variety of plants that thrive indoors make for affordable, versatile decor, while having the added benefits of cleansing the air in your home and circulating more oxygen. Houseplants are even a key element of effective feng shui. But some of us were born with a black thumb rather than a green one and can’t seem to keep plants alive long enough to appreciate them. It could be a curse, or you could just be way too busy to care for your plants.

The good news is there are several hardy plant species that require little skill or effort to maintain in your home. Below are eight houseplants that are made of sterner stuff, so you can get your feng shui on.

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1. Cast-iron plant

    photo source: halfrain via Flickr

    Aspidistra elatior aka the “cast-iron plant” is as tough as its name suggests. Low light, infrequent watering, poor quality soil, and even temperature fluctuation don’t bother it. It can survive in temperatures as low as 23 °F (−5 °C) before it begins to perish. Cast-iron plants are perfect for spots that aren’t next to windows; direct sunlight will damage their leaves. Ensure your pot has some kind of hole(s) for its soil to gently drain, otherwise it will do quite well with little attention. White and pink-ish flowers blossom around early summer.

    2. Spider plant

      photo source: Ordinary daily life of yoshinokichi via Flickr

      Snake plants (Chlorophytum comosum) do well even if their roots are crowded in a small-ish pot, meaning you won’t have to worry much about transferring a plant that gets too big. It typically grows to about 2 ft. (60 cm.) high and produces sparse amounts of small white flowers. They can live in temperatures down to 35 °F (2 °C), though room temperature is best for growth. There’s evidence that snake plants can reduce small amounts of indoor air pollution.

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      3. Kalanchoe

        photo source: Rachel Ford James via Flickr

        This pretty flowering plant doesn’t mind temperature shifts or dry climates. Being a type of succulent, they require little water. The Kalanchoe plant doesn’t tolerate super low temperatures, with a minimum temperature tolerance of roughly 45 °F (~7 °C), but that may not be a problem in most homes. They are a popular plant for their abundant and colorful blossoms.

        4. ZZ plant

          photo source: hollyjazzz362 via Flickr

          The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), also called the “Zanzibar Gem”, is so hardy, drought just changes it from evergreen to deciduous, so forgetting to water it for a while probably won’t kill it. In fact, watering it too frequently increases risk for root-rot. It tolerates low-ish light levels and does best in room temperature or warmer temperatures.

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          5. Jade plant

            photo source: Steven Severinghaus via Flickr

            Crassula ovata has several common names including jade plant, lucky plant, and money tree. It doesn’t like bright sunlight and can be watered relatively infrequently in the summer, even less in the winter, when it typically sprouts tiny white flowers. The main requirement for a jade plant is that it’s planted in rich soil and has a pot that allows proper drainage. Jade plants are also good for bonsai if that interests you.

            6. Ponytail palm

              photo source: madaise

              Ponytail palms (Beaucarnea recurvate) are often planted outside where they can grow quite large, but can also be grown inside in varying sizes. They prefer to be placed by a sunny window, but don’t require a ton of watering and does well in dryer fast-draining soil. It may need to be re-potted once per year as it grows, but this is relatively low-maintenance for a pretty plant that can serve as a larger decoration.

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              7. Crown of thorns

                photo source: Shihmei Barger via Flickr

                Euphorbia milii or “crown of thorns” is a succulent that produces beautiful red-ish to white flowers with an interesting petal formation. It doesn’t like too much water but may enjoy an occasional spritz with a spray bottle on its leaves, and the flowers stick around all year. A bit of caution: contact with its sap or small thorns causes itching and swelling of the skin, so wear gloves if handling the plant.

                8. Mother-in-law’s Tongue

                  photo source: Steven Severinghaus via Flickr

                  Mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant will thrive even under neglect, and can go a month without being watered. This plant is particularly good at tolerating low levels of light, and is probably one of the toughest houseplants to kill. It is one of the best houseplants for reducing indoor toxins like nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.

                  Featured photo credit: Spring at Workplace/Alexander Kuznetsov via flic.kr

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                  Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                  50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                  50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                  If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                  That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                  Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                  1. Believe It to See It

                  Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                  2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                  While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                  3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                  Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                  4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                  Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                  5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                  There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                  6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                  It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                  7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                  Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                  8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                  Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                  9. Maximize Your Strengths

                  Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                  10. Be in It to Win It

                  Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                  11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                  People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                  12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                  Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                  13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                  You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                  14. Be a One-Off Original

                  Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                  15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                  Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                  16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                  Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                  17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                  Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                  18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                  We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                  19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                  Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                  20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                  Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                  21. Make Your Own Luck

                  In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                  22. Ignite Your Initiative

                  While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                  23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                  Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                  24. Champion in Communication

                  Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                  25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                  Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                  26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                  To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                  27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                  While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                  28. Live by Core Values

                  Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                  29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                  Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                  30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                  Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                  31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                  Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                  32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                  Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                  33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                  Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                  34. Change Opens New Doors

                  People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                  35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                  It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                  36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                  Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                  37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                  When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                  38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                  How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                  39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                  If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                  40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                  Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                  41. Swim Against the Tide

                  Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                  42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                  More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                  43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                  Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                  44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                  While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                  45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                  Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                  46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                  Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                  47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                  While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                  48. Follow Through

                  Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                  49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                  We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                  50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                  To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                  So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                  Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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