questionswhat are some of the best (read: easiest to care…

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Spider Ivy:

I remember having one of these in my house when I was a kid and that thing would not die.

Oh, I should probably mention that if you have children or pets, you want to check to make sure whatever plant you buy is not toxic if eaten.

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I have good luck with silk ones.

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Any of your ivies will do great. They grow well indoors and need little care/watering. I typically water mine every weekend, if not less, and it's doing fine.

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Sansevieria - is also known as Mother-in-Law Tongue - so you know it won't die from neglect.

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make sure the hooks can support the weight of whatever you hang. some are more decorative than what they appear to be. and realize that as you add water plants grow and become heavier (more than just the water weight).
and also realize that a lot of plants need actual sunlight/grow lights, not just a regular light bulb type of light.

for ease of life go with @thunderthighs' suggestion of silk--no light issues, no poision issues, no weight issue. just an occasional dusting needed. also you can change the plant to suit your mood more often.

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Years ago I got a plant in the Wal-Mart garden center. I never knew what kind of plant it was, but it was amazing. I'd forget to water it for weeks at a time, I left it neglected in a dusty corner for a while. I barely gave the thing a second thought after I'd bought it, and it thrived.

One day I finally took notice of my little plant. It had grown a good bit and was looking particularly lush and healthy. I thought 'Wow, if it does this good when I ignore it, imagine how nice it'll look if I actually take care of it!' So off I went to buy fertilizer and a shiny new pot to transfer it to. My poor little plant died shortly after.

It had long-ish, oval shaped leaves with a yellow/sometimes red striped pattern. I think they're a fairly common houseplant, I've seen them on sale a lot.

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@adadavis: My parents still have one of those that I started from a cutting as a project in elementary school (I'm 32 now). It is definitely a survivor.

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Aloe vera and spider plants. I had one of each that lived 15 years. Minimal maintenance.

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I've had good luck with herbs, but that could be because I tend to eat them before they have a chance to die...

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Peace Lilies, Chinese Evergreens and Pothos.

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I have a philodendron that my mother gave me years ago. She rooted a clipping from her plant and gave it to me as a housewarming gift. It is huge now, wrapped around itself multiple times and it will. not. die. I can forget to water it for a month and some of the leaves will get a little yellow on them reminding me to water it. A week later, it's green and lush again. If you have pets, it's definitely one that needs to be hung out of reach.

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@jsimsace: Definitely a cactus or cacti.

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Philodendrons. They are bulletproof. If you kill one of those you should not be allowed near plants of any sort in the future.

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Gotta vote for aloe vera plant. cheap and easy to take care of. Besides if you get burnt/sun burn it helps kinda.. lol Walmart sells them for like 1.98 or something I think. Been ages since I bought one. The one I got a couple years ago never dies. and I mean never.

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Snake plant. I've had one over 2 years that gets zero sunshine, and i only water it every few weeks when i remember. I tried cacti and succulents, but they all died (lack of sunshine i think).

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@moosezilla: Thanks for the tip regarding the hooks! I'll definitely check their weight-bearing abilities.

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I have to put in a vote for Jade Plants. We have one that we grew from a leaf (you can plant the leaf and start a whole new plant) that my bro got in 3rd grade.

Whenever it was neglected, it got MORE healthy. In fact, sometimes it would be dying, and finally someone would accidentally knock over the pot; inevitably when that happened, it would get bigger!

After about 15 years, my mom dropped it down some stairs, and it broke in three pieces. We planted the pieces. One died, and two put down roots. I got to bring one of them with me when I got married, and we've continued the pattern. It's about 12" tall and 10" in diameter and doing fine :)