You love the idea of houseplants surrounding you and creating an indoor garden. And you’ve heard there are plenty of studies that prove spending time around flowers and plants has both mental and physical benefits. But, sadly, you’ve discovered you’re a tiny bit, well, let’s say inattentive to your plant babies. The good news for plant parents who aren’t the best at remembering to water is that there actually are many houseplants that will put up with your forgetfulness. So, if you travel for work or sometimes let weeks pass without watering, these plants will bounce back or use their own reserves to survive.
But just a heads up: Low water doesn’t mean no water. If you’re really bad about remembering to water, set a weekly reminder on your phone. While there are generalizations about how often a plant needs water, that can change from season to season so you need to get a feel for your own home. For example, plants may need to be watered more often in winter when humidity is low indoors. And one more bit of advice: Poke your finger in the soil to feel the moisture level before giving any plant a drink; most houseplants die from overwatering rather than under watering, and no plant (especially the ones listed here!) likes to stay sopping wet. Got it? Good. Now here are 14 plants that barely need any water.