If your plant-mom skills are turning your living space into a mausoleum of botanical mishaps, you're not alone. Millennials across the country are leaning into their houseplant dreams, only to find themselves guilty of a murder they didn't mean to commit. That said, it's not impossible to achieve that Instagrammable jungle-chic vibe in your home — you just have to choose plants that are hard to kill. Because no matter how well you tend to your plants, if you don't find the most resilient ones, the odds of their survival are not in your favor.
Without maximum sunlight, lots of humidity, and a controlled environment, there's a good chance that the happy, hopeful plant that you bring home will end up a wilted, droopy, dead plant in a matter of days. But according to Tugce Menguc, Urban Stem's in-house plant expert, it's totally possible to curate a plant selection that's incredibly durable — aka, hard to kill. As for what key indicators to look for while plant shopping? Menguc says, "Deep green leaves show the plant's ability to photosynthesize more efficiently, and can make the best use of low light conditions. When living in low light environments [aka, your dark apartment] plants need less water." In other words, don't over-water your plants!
The kind of plants that Menguc is talking about are the plants you want to spend your money on, because they're going to live long enough for you to enjoy them. They're the kind of plants that will actually improve the vibe of your living space because they stand tall and bright and fill the room with clean air and positivity. Let's be real: there's nothing more depressing than a room that's filled with plants that look like they're frowning. Here are some specific examples of these types of plants.