The Hardest Indoor Plants to Maintain – Green Planet Naturals

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The Hardest Indoor Plants to Maintain

Have you been trying your hand at indoor plants and having a little trouble successfully cultivating some of your favorites? Perhaps you should try something a bit easier. There are numerous house plants that lend themselves to low maintenance care. However, a few are as finicky as humans about their environments and can be quite frustrating to maintain. Here are some of the most difficult house plants to keep thriving in your home.


You probably keep your home at a comfortable temperature year round, which, for most people, would be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, maybe warmer in the winter. Unfortunately, azaleas are just as picky about temperature, and they should never be kept above 65 degrees. So, unless you like your home a little chillier, these may not be for you.

Calathea Ornata

Take the other end of the spectrum into account with these particular plants. They are known as greenhouse plants because they require a great deal of light and humidity, but also because they want heat. Probably more heat than you can handle in your home, unless you love the feel of the tropics at high noon.


When it comes to sunlight, this herb is perhaps one of the most demanding. Your basil will die if it doesn’t get at least six hours of direct sunlight every day, even when it’s cloudy and raining. To keep basil and get good results, you either need to live in a very dry, sunny area or have a special plant fluorescent to mimic sunlight.

Elephant Ears

Popular for the large, distinctly shaped leaves, these plants are not as popular for their needs. If you’ve ever been dehydrated, you might begin to know how these plants feel at all times. They require constant water, spring through autumn, and they can never seem to get enough. They yellow and brown without enough, and if you miss a couple of days in a row, you risk it dying entirely.

Autumn Fern

Trying to maintain a woodland plant indoors can really get frustrating, too. Don’t leave this plant too near a window with a lot of direct sunlight, or you’ll find it dead in days. the leaves are fragile and easily broken as well, and if you do manage to get this plant to survive a lot of light, you’ll have to water it constantly to keep it going.

If you don’t have the greenest of thumbs but want to enjoy some indoor plants, avoid these until you’ve learned a few more tricks at getting greenery to thrive. Try something that’s hard to kill, like a spider plant, English ivy, or a bromeliad. These will help you hone in your skills so you can try your hand at something a little more challenging later on.


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