Long-lasting Houseplants That Last For Years

Thinking of growing long-lasting houseplants as a living memorial with the  Bios Urn®? Or, better yet, houseplants that can live forever?

While ‘forever’ might be a stretch, some houseplants can become living legacies, lasting for decade or even centuries. Take, for instance, the Eastern Cape cycad at the Kew Gardens Conservatory, potted in 1775 and still thriving – an impressive 249 years and counting!

How long can houseplants live?

Unlike pets or ourselves, houseplants don’t have set lifespans. With proper care, they can far exceed expectations. The secret? Understanding their needs and providing the right care.

Discover 10 long-lasting houseplants with the longest lifespans

This curated list features 10 hardy houseplants, perfect for everyone, from seasoned plant parents, to enthusiastic beginners (and even those with “brown thumbs”).



These water-storing beauties bring vibrant life to your home for decades with minimal watering and well-draining soil.


While some cacti can live for centuries outdoors, the Christmas cactus is a popular option, gracing your space with festive blooms for up to 30 years.

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)

This air-purifying gem is practically indestructible! It tolerates low light, and neglect, boasting a surprisingly long life.

Birds of Paradise

With patience, indirect sunlight and weekly watering, this easy-going plant rewards you with stunning bird-like flowers after about 20 years.


Resembling palm trees, cycads can live over 200 years! Easy to grow, they thrive with moderate watering and adapts to both indoor and outdoor settings.


Another one of the popular long-lasting houseplants, is the hoya, also known as the “porcelain plant”. Rubbery leaves and vibrant blooms signal a healthy and potentially long-lived plant. Keep the soil moderately moist and enjoy its beauty for years to come.

Monstera Deliciosa

Contrary to popular belief, this tropical beauty thrives for over 40 years with proper care. Bright light and attentive care unlock its full potential.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Pet-friendly and easy-to-grow, this plant adorns hanging baskets for decades. Bright, indirect light is ideal, but it can also tolerate low light.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Known for its upright, sword-like leaves and tolerance to neglect, this popular air-purifying houseplant can live for 25  years or more with proper care.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)

Dubbed the “unkillable” plant, its survives extended periods with minimal water and low lighting. This plant is a testament to hardiness, thriving even when forgotten.

Tips for keeping houseplants alive for years

To ensure your green companions thrive for generations, incorporate these practical tips into your care routine:

  • Water on schedule according to each plant’s needs.
  • – Fertilize a few times a year, following specific instructions for chosen fertilizer.
  • Provide optimal lighting conditions tailored to each plant.
  • – Regularly check for pests and diseases.
  • – Provide well-draining soil to prevent root rot.
  • – Upgrade the pot when the plant outgrows its current one.
  • – Address issues immediately. don’t wait too long.

Caring for these houseplants can be a rewarding journey, reminding you of your loved one through nature’s resilience. Bios Urn® compatibility with all kinds of seeds and seedlings makes these long-lasting houseplants ideal choices for your living tribute. Explore planting instructions for the Bios Urn® in this article or tips on how to plant the Bios Urn® in a container, planter or the Bios Incube® Lite in this article, and create a lasting memorial at home.


Do you have other good long-lasting houseplants that last for years to add to this list? We would love to hear from you in the Comments section below!

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