Thumb not so green? Try these low-maintenance houseplants, recommended by Mike Gettler, of Lowe's, and Darin A. Pines, of U.S. Farms Inc.:
A drought-tolerant plant with a short stem and thick, fleshy leaves. It is vulnerable to over-watering and freezing temperatures.
As its name may suggest, this plant is hardy and tolerant of neglect.
This plant with a spreading rosette of gray-green leaves deals well with extreme temperatures and with little or no water.
Does well with low light and will last for years in the home, eventually growing large and canopylike. It can tolerate full sun and requires watering every seven to 10 days.
A slow-growing and drought-tolerant plant native to Africa.
EMERALD BEAUTY and MARIA CHRISTINA CHINESE EVERGREEN
(Aglaonema commutatum, Aglaonema maria christina)
Both of these flowering plants thrive in low light settings and grow well during winter months.
This plant with colorful vegetation requires low sunlight.
GREEN TI PLANT
Holds up in low light and will grow upright and become tall over time.
Grows well in low light conditions and will also help clean the air of the home it's in.
A drought-tolerant plant with thick branches and smooth, fleshy leaves that is susceptible to over-watering and freezing temperatures.
Native to tropical West Africa, this plant does not need to be planted in soil and does well in low light.
A plant with yellow-green foliage that tolerates medium light levels while growing colorful leaves.
Native to southern Japan, this plant does very well in high heat and cold temperatures.
Does well and low light, can be watered every seven to 10 days. It also grows upright and can fit well in a corner.
SONG OF INDIA
Requires moderate watering and prefers medium to low light. Another variety is the Pleomele reflexa anita, which can tolerate medium light.