Black Thumb? No Problem! 7 Plants Anyone Can Grow

Black Thumb? No Problem! 7 Plants Anyone Can Grow

Last Updated on June 16, 2021 by Kimberly Crawford

Aloe, Geraniums and Cast Iron Plants-grow these plants and more, even if you think you have a black thumb!

Think you’ve got a black thumb? Try these plants, which are guaranteed easy to grow:

7 plants anyone can grow

Black Thumb? No Problem! 7 Plants Anyone Can Grow

1. Aloe

Aloe vera

No kitchen should be without one of these hardy succulents. The gel inside the long spear like leaves is wonderful for minor burns and cuts.

They like bright indirect light and somewhat cool temps, but they will thrive just about anywhere provided they have well draining soil and are watered sparingly (let the soil dry out between waterings).

2. Zonal Geranium

Zonal Geranium

These hardy plants will flower year round on a sunny windowsill.

Cut them back frequently to keep them bushy and make sure the soil is kept moist (but not wet).

3. Swedish Ivy

Swedish Ivy

This plant is extremely hard to kill. All it needs is moist soil and bright indirect light.

It roots in water almost overnight and can grow in it quite happily. It makes a gorgeous hanging plant and will tolerate a far amount of neglect.

4. Strawberry Begonia

Strawberry Begonia

Despite its name, this plant is not related to either strawberries or begonias. It gets its name from its leaves, which look like those of a Rex Begonia, and from the runners it produces, which look like strawberry plants.

The runners have baby plants on them, which can be rooted to make new plants. They do well in low to moderate light and prefer the soil to dry out to an inch or more below the surface before watering.

5. Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant

Like its namesake, this plant can stand up to just about anything. It has dark strap like leaves with cream variegation that grow on short stems.

It is quite happy in low light and doesn’t mind the dry air of our heated homes in the winter. It even tolerates infrequent and/or erratic watering.

6. Philodendron


This plant is the most popular of all houseplants, and for good reason.

It grows quite happily in moderate indirect light and can tolerate a fair amount of direct. It does prefer moist soil and appreciates having its leaves dusted every so often.

7. Tradescantia


Also known as Wandering Jew, this plant has long leaves with green stripes and accented by shades of purple, pink, white, and even silver. All they need is bright indirect light and regular watering (let the soil dry out between waterings).

Give one of these plants a try and watch your black thumb turn green. Share your experiences in our comment and let us know of any other plants you find easy to grow!

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