11 Houseplants You Barely Have To Water—Ever

These hardy and hard-to-kill plants don't ask for much in care. These are the house plants you will rarely have to water.

They don't need much TLC.

By Collier Sutter, House Beautiful

Everyone wants gorgeous houseplants. They liven up even the dullest corners of a room, but remembering to, you know, actually care for them can be a hassle. Sure, there's an app for that, but not all plants are so high maintenance. In fact, some are happier if you leave them alone and water them less often. These are those plants.


String of Pearls

If you have the tendency to forget about your little green friends for way longer than you'd like to admit, these bead-like plants should be an immediate yes. Originating from South Africa, they not only can tolerate a dry environment, they also require very minimal water. Plus, if you're lucky enough to get it blooming, you'll notice their white flowers smell just like cinnamon.



It's no secret that succulents, the little trendy plants, have taken over Instagram. They have gorgeous geometric shapes, hues and they're easy enough to take care of as they have secret water reservoirs up their leaves. Dousing them weekly is usually sufficient but be sure to check that their soil is dry before watering again.


Ponytail Palm

This Southeastern Mexican beauty gets its name from skinny leaves coming from a thick stalk shape. Find a sunnier spot for it in your home to show it off, and as for watering, keep the soil dry. Yes, you read that right—the Ponytail Palm likes to be watered every few weeks.


ZZ Plant

These tall, slender beauties have rubbery leaves and are pretty indestructible. If you have the choice, they prefer moderate levels of sunlight. "These plants prefer to stay on the dry side, and seem to thrive on neglect," says Kathie Hayden, plant information service manager at Chicago Botanic Garden.



Perfect for first-time plant parents, the Pothos plant is undemanding. They're fine with low light, too, so bathrooms or offices are no problem for them.


Snake Plants

This one's definitely for the forgetful type, given that you can go weeks without watering it. Word on the street is that it can improves indoor air quality in your home, too.


Air Plants

Air plants can grow literally anywhere—no soil needed. We love them propped up on a shelf, or hanging mid-air. To water, dunk them every 10 days and let them dry out after in a sunny spot.



Begonias are known for their big, gorgeous leaves making a bold contrast in any room. They're definitely easy to care for, but they can be sensitive to overwatering, so simply wait until the leaves droop before watering again.\


Zebra Cactus

Zebra Cacti are some seriously exotic-looking houseplants that will rack up major compliments from whoever visits your home. They may not like cold or drafty areas, but they're still very low maintenance, needing water only once a month.



These tropical beauties with origins in Madagascar, are full of character and durability. Dracaenas are a no-brainer for accidental plant killers, as they're tolerant to extreme indoor conditions and can survive even when well under-watered!


Pregnant Onion

The name of this curvy bulb is unforgettable, but it's a pretty apt moniker: The plant makes babies. So many little bulblet babies! If you're ready to raise one, all you have to know is that you can let the soil totally dry out between waterings. Yes, really.

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11 Houseplants You Barely Have To Water—Ever
These hardy and hard-to-kill plants don't ask for much in care. These are the house plants you will rarely have to water.
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