Longest Living Houseplants to Get for Your Houseplant Collection

Houseplants age like fine wine – the older they get, the better they look. While some species don’t live more than five years, you can increase their lifespan by taking care of them.

Alternatively, you can buy a houseplant known to live for a very long time. Let’s look at some of the longest-living houseplants.

Cacti and Succulents

These plants are available in various types and can survive in different conditions with minimal care. They have fleshy leaves, and their posture is usually upright and trailing; some even resemble flowers.

The Cacti are a sub-family of succulents and have a prickly body. The Jade Plant is the longest-living succulent, which can live for more than a hundred years.

Cacti and succulents are self-propagating plants, which means they can continue to spread without the need for human intervention. These plants are natives of the desert, and therefore, they prefer warmer conditions.

You can place them directly in the sun or near a window with bright filtered light. Watering them once a week is more than enough as they only use what they need – they store the rest of the water.

Air Plants

Also known as Tillandsia, air plants don’t need soil to grow. These plants have silver-green leaves, and despite slow growth, they can be presented in interesting ways.

Once in their lifetime, they also grow bright-colored flowers. These flowers can last for several days – sometimes even months – during the blooming period.

The main plant continues to produce new buds, which can technically last forever. If you plan on getting air plants, don’t over or underwater them, or they will likely become stressed.

Silver-leaved air plants are more able to handle direct sunlight than their green counterparts. Usually, an air plant can live for 10 years, but with less stress, it can live much longer than that. They can handle a temperature range between 50 – 90°F and must be soaked for an hour every week. You can also mist them.

While they need little maintenance, separating the babies from the main plant is important so they can grow independently.

Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s Ivy is also known as Epipremnum aureum. Their heart-shaped leaves have a color variation of green and yellow.

The Devil’s Ivy is mostly used as a hanging plant. However, it can be grown on other objects or hung to the ceiling to make them trail downwards.

Unlike air plants and succulents, the Devil’s Ivy doesn’t like the sun too much. However, the sun is necessary if the leaves are paler than usual.

Usually, this plant lasts for not more than 10 years, but you can help them live much longer (a few decades) with the proper care.

You must apply fertilizer once a month during the growing season, which lasts from April to August. They also need bright but indirect light.

Moreover, water them once a week during warmer months and once every three weeks during colder months.

These plants can stand a temperature range of 70 – 90°F. You should also trim them once or twice a year while propagating the cuttings.

Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)

Sago Palms are native to Japan and can live for more than 240 years. They are known for their hardiness and resemble palm trees. They have large fronds and a thick base.

Despite their ability to live for centuries, the Sago Palm usually doesn’t live for more than 40 years indoors. The most common problem is yellowing, and regular fertilizing is the cure. These plants are toxic to humans and animals and must be kept at a safe distance from children and pets.

They prefer the sun but indirectly. Their soil should be moist, but not so moist that they start to drown. Watering them once or twice every two weeks is usually enough. 70°F (21°C) is the perfect temperature for these plants.

They must be fertilized thrice during the growth period with a month’s interval between (April, June, and August.)

Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

As the name implies, the leaves on a Snake Plant resemble a snake, and their leaves have a color combination of yellow and white.

In ideal conditions, a snake plant can grow up to five feet in height. While they are fine with low light, it isn’t always conducive for the Snake Plant.

As a result, in dim conditions, a snake plant doesn’t last over 10 years. However, with adequate light, they can last for over two decades.

Also, don’t overwater them, as they only need watering once every two weeks. Furthermore, these plants prefer warmer temperatures, so they mustn’t be kept in temperatures under 50 degrees.

While they can live perfectly without fertilizer, it is better to fertilize them during the growing season.

The right temperature for the Snake Plant is 60 – 75°F, and they need medium indirect sunlight.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

The English Ivy is mostly found in Europe and some parts of Western Africa. They grow quickly, and within a year, they can reach a height of nine feet.

They are extremely hardy, and they need minimal maintenance for proper growth. Their maintenance regimen usually consists of annual fertilization and trimming, which should happen during spring.

Interestingly, the English Ivy is categorized as invasive in Washington, Oregon, and in 46 states, it is considered a noxious weed.

In the right conditions, it can live for hundreds of years. It needs bright indirect light but can tolerate shade with little stress.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)

The Spider Plant has green and white foliage. They are extremely hardy, which means that they can live for a long time in less-than-ideal conditions.

They also clean the air, which is why a lot of smokers like keeping them in their living spaces. While most Spider Plants live for two decades, some can even live for 50 years. These plants like to dry between waterings.

However, they must be watered once a week for healthy growth. They need bright indirect light, but they can also live well in dimmer conditions.

The ideal temperature range for the Spider Plant is 55 – 80°F (13 – 27°C), and they must be fertilized once every three to four months.

Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa)

Known for its waxy foliage and pleasant-smelling flowers, the Wax Plant ages like fine wine. This plant is native to Australia and East Asia and belongs to the Hoya family.

Ideally, a Wax Plant lasts for a few decades, but most people only manage to keep them for five to six years. They prefer warmer conditions and don’t enjoy temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. To help them grow well, the soil must be kept moist.

In warmer months, they must be watered once a week, while in colder months, watering them every 10 days should suffice.

They should be fertilized once every month from April till August. Also, make sure to use a 10-10-10 (potassium, phosphorous, nitrogen) fertilizer.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The ZZ Plant is a tropical perennial and has recently entered the category of houseplants. They are becoming popular because of their ability to live for a long time.

They have interesting foliage with symmetrical green leaves with long stems. The leaves make up over 90% of this plant, and even in poor conditions, the leaves can last for over six months.

They prefer drying between watering sessions, and watering them once a week is good enough. They need medium indirect light but can also live in bright indirect light. Their desired temperature range is 65 – 85°F, and they must be fertilized once every month, between April and August.

The ZZ Plant can live for five to 10 years with the right care.

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Final Word

These are just a handful of the numerous longest-living houseplants within the plant kingdom. If you are planning to get a houseplant for your living space, you must take care of a few things.

Ensure to water these plants adequately, but don’t overwater them, as this can lead to root rot. Also, provide them with the right lighting and remember to fertilize them periodically. With the right amount of care, these plants will live longer, adorn your living spaces, and keep the indoor atmosphere clean and healthy.