8 Houseplants that Are Perfect for Gardening Beginners

Chelsea Day

Are you new to growing plants and have no idea where to begin? Not sure if you’ll be able to commit to all the care and attention they need? No worries! There are a few houseplants that are actually pretty easy to grow, even if you are a total beginner. Read on to discover the 7 best of them that you can get started with, and make your home a greener place.

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Peace Lily

Peace lily is one of the easiest, hassle-free plants to grow indoors. It requires moderate watering, and can grow and survive in pretty much any lighting conditions. Once it reaches the flowering stage, it can be one of the most beautiful houseplants, with the lily emerging from within the curved and graceful leaves.

Snake Plant

Also known as the ‘Mother in law’s tongue,’ (hah!) this plant is exceptionally tough. While they do like plenty of sunlight, you can go for days without watering them and still not worry about them dying or drying out. This is exactly why you’ll often come across these in offices and formal spaces. What’s more, it can be the perfect houseplant since it has been known to help remove toxins from the air and improve air quality. They feature beautiful green bands on sword-life leaves that occasionally have yellow margins.

Succulents

Succulents are an absolute no brainer if you’re looking for plants that are easy to grow and hard to kill, and they have actually become quite popular in recent years as well. Since they are adaptable and can survive even the toughest of conditions, they can turn out to be wonderful for your work desk or an empty space in your living room. Like most other indoor plants, they like bright light and little water. They are slow-growing and tend to thrive in warm windows.

Spider Plant

The spider plant is actually one of the most common houseplants you might come across. You can grow them in baskets or small pots, and because of their toughness, they are able to thrive and survive in pretty much any condition. They grow best in a spot that has a little sunlight and need just a little moisture in the soil. The best thing about these plants is that they send out 'offsets' on stems that are beautiful when hanging from a basket. They can even be plucked and repotted to form a whole new plant!

Lucky Bamboo

You may already have this one at home, considering how it is such a popular gifting item. The lucky bamboo plant can survive in just a pot, and even in awful growing conditions. Being easy to care for, it is a good plant to begin with. What’s more, it has also been believed to improve the flow of positive energy and luck into your house. Need we say more?

Rubber Plant

If you’re looking for a large plant to add to a space in your home, the rubber plant could be the perfect choice. It is relatively low maintenance, easy to grow, and all you need to do is to ensure that the soil is moist. Plus, this is another plant that has been found to filter the air in your home.

Pothos

Also known as Devil’s Ivy, these plants thrive in dry soil – so there’s no need to stress out if you forget to water them!

ZZ Plants

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia can survive in a wide variety of environments. This one’s perfect for travelers, RV-lifers and people who move a lot. This plant can tolerate literally anything!

Common Beginner Houseplant Questions

  • Should houseplants be in direct sunlight? Generally, yes. Most houseplants like light landing on them from a nearby window. Take care to read about your specific plant type, as some 
  • Are succulents good indoor plants? Succulents are some of the very best indoor plants! Since they come from the desert, they are used to going without water for stretches of time, so it's totally fine if you set it and forget it.
  • Where should I buy indoor plants? A local nursery will typically have the most knowledgeable gardeners, who you can chat with about your lifestyle and home needs. We have some amazing gardeners in our town who have helped to match me with the very best plant babies that have brought life and light to our home - especially when we're cooped up in the middle of winter!
  • When is the best time to purchase an indoor plant? They say spring is a time of rebirth for both plants and people alike. You will find the best, young selection in the spring - and that can bring the most affordable prices. That said, I like to wait until fall or early winter to buy houseplants, because those are ones that have proven their capability indoors.
  • I have coworkers who swear that plants in their space makes them more energetic and productive! Is that true? As they say, a well-designed space is a secret to success. It can also be a great way to create a vibrant and healthy environment indoors.
  • How should I prepare my home for houseplants? If you're thinking about trying a houseplant as a new hobby, chances are pretty good that you've made an initial investment in a starter pot. While many of the small, low-maintenance houseplants are easy to care for, finding the perfect one for your home can be tricky. Be prepared to devote a fair amount of time and space as you find the perfect fit for you.

Houseplants Bring Style

A houseplant collection is a great way to bring nature into your home, stylishly and easily. But not all houseplants are created equal, and some need special considerations. The right houseplant can provide a great desk companion, tons of interesting accents in an otherwise boring room, and a fun diversion!

Houseplants are the Easiest Makeover

Makeovers are not all about clothes and make-up! Take your home's interior design and give it a makeover with a few houseplants placed strategically in corners and on windowsills around your home.

What are you waiting for? Clear off a windowsill (and one morning a week to care for your new buddies) and go get yourself some houseplants!

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