Easy Houseplants for Beginner Plant Parents
Houseplants are amazing. Throughout the last few years, with so many of us spending so much time at home, an entire generation of new “plant parents” have discovered the joy of growing plants indoors. They soften a room and bring it to life, increasing oxygen levels, and possibly even purifying the air in our homes. Having plants indoors helps to uplift mood, and having houseplants present has even been shown to increase productivity in work spaces. With so many reasons to add plants to a home, there’s really only one barrier… having the skill and confidence to keep them alive! If you’re new to plant parenthood, we’ve got you covered. Get comfortable with the basics of plant care, and try these easy houseplants for beginners. You’ll be a houseplant pro before you know it!
Sansevieria, or Snake Plant, is the ultimate easy care plant! This tough tropical is beautiful and easy to grow, with broad, upright foliage in varying shades of green and cream. It’s adaptable to various light conditions, but prefers bright, indirect light. Snake Plant wants to dry completely between waterings, making it ideal for those of us who forget to water regularly. In most situations, snake plants will prefer to be watered very sparingly, as little as just once every 6 weeks. In addition to being attractive and low maintenance, Snake Plants are also powerful air purifiers!
A perfect houseplant for beginners, kids, and homes with pets! This charming plant is easy to grow, safe for pets, and helps to purify the air in your home. Spider Plant is best grown in bright, indirect light, and should dry somewhat between waterings, making it forgiving for newbies. The strappy, striped foliage of this plant is striking as a hanging plant. Try displaying in a plant hanger, or up high on a shelf where the cascading strings of baby “spiders” can be seen and enjoyed.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia, or the ZZ Plant, is easy to grow and offers many benefits. The stems of the plant are upright, with distinctive waxy leaves. It has very glossy foliage that varies in pretty shades of green. New growth is bright green, and very gratifying to watch as it emerges and unfurls. This tough plant can be grown in many conditions, including lower light! Add ZZ plant to almost any room to enhance air quality, and enjoy it’s unique appearance.
The Jade plant is a very popular houseplant with succulent, oval-shaped leaves. Sometimes called the money plant or dollar plant, these plants were once thought to bring good luck to their owners, making them sweet housewarming gifts. Over time, a Jade plant will grow into a miniature tree, with thick, woody “trunk” and stems. The best way to care for a Jade is to put it somewhere bright and mostly forget about it! These plants prefer full sun, and should be watered only when the soil surface has dried out. The leaves of Jade will wrinkle or pucker when it’s dehydrated, so this plant will essentially tell you when it’s thirsty!
The Peace Lily (or Spathiphyllum) is a beautiful, tropical plant that’s easy to grow at home. Its’ large, arching leaves are shiny and attractive. As a bonus, this plant will occasionally produce tall, white blooms that are mildly fragrant! Peace lily is one of the most recommended indoor plants to improve air quality. There may not be another houseplant that is as forgiving as the Peace Lily, and it certainly helps a new plant parent to get the hang of watering. When too dry, the plant will dramatically wilt, crying out for attention! When watered, the leaves lift back up into place as though nothing happened.
Pothos vine is the perfect houseplant for beginners! This hardy indoor plant features dark green leaves splashed and marbled in shades of yellow or cream, and can either cascade or climb with support. Plant in a standard potting mix, and for vigorous growth, keep in bright, indirect light. Pothos will also tolerate lower light conditions, and prefers to dry between waterings. Different varieties of Pothos will offer a range of colours and leaf styles, from deep green, to bright yellow, and marbled in any combination in between.
Philodendron, especially the cascading, heart-shaped varieties, are remarkably easy to grow. These vigorous plants prefer bright light, but will tolerate a range of conditions. New growth starts as pretty bronze or chartreuse shoots and stems (depending on the varietal), which then mature into robust foliage that quickly cascades as it grows. In summer months, Philodendron will prefer to maintain moisture in the soil, but in winter, it can dry out between waterings and will thrive with minimal care or attention.
Bird of Paradise
White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) is adored for its dramatic, long, arching leaves and unique flowers. This statement plant can completely change the feel of a room, and it’s surprisingly easy to grow! Position it in bright, indirect light, and allow it to dry halfway between waterings. In winter, providing extra humidity can help to prevent browning tips and encourage new growth. In the summer months, Bird of Paradise is ideal for making a tropical statement on the porch or patio. In time, a Bird of Paradise can reach 7-8′ tall in a house.