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Indoor plants for dark corners!

Today I’ve got 5 indoor plants which can survive almost in the dark with little fuss. I wrote a post a few months ago on the best Indoor Plants, but I’ve narrowed it down to just a few that are hard to kill!

Last week I needed a bit of retail therapy and I text my girlfriend to tell her I was heading to Bunnings. We laughed because she heads for the clothes stores, I head to the hardware store for plants and outdoor pots! You can never have too many green goodies I say… 😉

Zanzibar Gem

This is my favourite. I have 3 of them (you can see my BIG one here). They can grow in a dark cupboard and only need water 4-5 times a year. They are cheap too – about $30 for a good sized one and my local Bunnings store have them all the time. They look great in bathrooms, on bedside tables, or in the kitchen.

Parlor Palm

A bit grassy looking, but hardy and stands nice and tall so suits a corner area.

Boston Fern

These are very cute and also come in a hanging pot. I have one in my eldest son’s bedroom hanging up high and it’s doing well. I water it every 10 days or so.

Mother In Law’s Tongue

These are everywhere at the moment. You can’t kill them! They will grow in any spot. I like the look of them too.

Peace Lily

A nice colour and leaf shape with a flower here and there. I have one in a dark corner in my office and it’s doing well. It doesn’t need a lot of water either. I just give it a drink when it looks very droopy every month or so.

There you go, fail safe plants you will find hard to kill. ♥ KC.

If you want to see more posts on indoor plants then just pop here!


  • Jennie Meiklejohn

    Katrina, you are so talking to me at the moment. Now that I’ve finished painting the floor and have moved my desk into my office, I’ve been thinking that I need to buy some plants for the room but I have brown thumbs when it comes to indoor plants. I’ll give your recommendations a try and let you know how I go!

  • Vanessa'nSlade Stanley

    Love them. Are they happy in the smaller pots too or do you need to replace as they grow?

  • Hayley

    I’ve killed two out of 5 of these. Will try a mother in laws tongue next. 🙂

    • Katrina (author)

      Hahaha which ones did you kill?

  • Bri

    Thank you so much for this!! Every indoor plant I’ve ever bought I seem to kill eventually so I’m going to try some of these.

  • Raelene Goss

    Thanks for this. Ive managed to kill a small fortune worth of indoor plants over the last few months. Cant wait to go to Bunnings now

  • Lauren

    Hi Katrina,

    Your blog is very pleasant. These artificial plants are gorgeous and helpful for decor. I like the blog post because you are presenting varieties of plants with information.

  • Nicole Gray

    I might try one of these. I managed to kill my succulents in record time.

  • Michelle Harvey

    And yet I’ve still managed to kill 2 , the Lilly and the palm I think I killed the Lilly with kindness and the palm I’m hoping will come back

  • Ange McThiso

    That’s what I need I have two black thumbs and kill everything!

  • Jaye Taber

    I’ve killed 2 zz’s I’m on my second round I could t get them in town got them shipped here from peards so far so good

  • Sarah Fleming

    I love my Zanzibar Gems, I have 3 now my peace lily is doing well with a weekly spray and light water (and I leave it sitting in water for a few hours too). My mother in law tongue has doubled in size with no attention too.

    Any ferns or flowering plants though are dead in a month though!

  • Karen James

    Bromeliads also look fantastic especially the variegated and maroon ones.

  • Mandy

    Hi Katrina great reading, Thankyou.

    I feel doubly bad for reading about the Zanzibar now though, because I found it very easy to kill my daughter’s one!

    I watered it profusely so that the roots rotted and none of the stems survived! Today my distraught daughter tried repotting it.

    We washed and sprayed with anti fungal spray the bulbs and repotted them. Not even sure which way up they go. But can the Zanzibar grow again from the bulbs

    They’re rare to buy here but the point isn’t just replacing them. Thanks.

  • Margaret

    Love love love your blog Katrina. I look forward to reading it every Sunday with my cuppa and I always find something new and interesting and helpful. I’m renovating an old weatherboard to be my forever home and can’t wait to use some of these plants to decorate inside. Sending good wishes for a peaceful, happy and healthy New Year. Marg

    • Katrina (author)

      Aww that’s lovely! Thanks so much for reading along. Happy New Year! XX

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