The Best Houseplants for Beginners

The Best Houseplants for Beginners

Mar 17, 2021

The Best Houseplants for Beginners

Are you new to growing plants and have no idea what you should grow indoors? Do you think you are

a less-than-green-fingered gardener? Look no further - this is your guide to choosing the right plants

for you!

Indoor gardening has been enjoying a surge in popularity, fed by Instagram’s greenery-inspired

interior designs, plant-based podcasts and more. Not only do indoor plants enhance the overall

appearance of a space, they have been shown to reduce stress levels, help you breathe better,

improve your performance and focus and also helps to purify your airspace.

While some of the more popular plants you see on social media like the thriving fiddle leaf fig trees

and boston ferns are harder to care for, houseplants for beginners take little care and can flourish in a

range of environments - from sunny kitchen counters to low-light corners. We’ve compiled a short list

of low-maintenance houseplants that are best for new gardeners.

 

Snake Plant

Snake plants (Sansevieria) are one of the most common

plants - you will often see this plant growing in malls and

commercial buildings - simply because it is so easy to take

care of. This plant does not require much light and does not

need to be watered often; it is also a great houseplant as it

removes toxins from the air. Snake plants are great for the

bedroom as they store oxygen during the day and release it

at night, which makes for a great night’s sleep.

 

Spider Plant

The Spider plant is amongst the most adaptable

houseplants; it’s a graceful plant that makes a statement

wherever you put it - on your tabletop or as a hanging plant.

This plant is also known for its tremendous air purifying

qualities, making it a healthy addition to your growing plant

collection. For best results, place the plant in a sunny corner

and make sure they’re not exposed to cold drafts.

 

Pothos Plant (Devil’s Ivy)

For a tried-and-true plant which will weather the storm (or

your brown thumb), try a pothos plant. These plants enjoy

a wide range of environments and do well in either bright

or low light settings, and can be grown in dry, nutrient-rich

soil. Pothos tends to drink a lot of water, and due to this, a

lot of people end up over-watering them. To avoid this,

simply pick up your plant and feel how heavy it is - if it

feels too light, water it well. A moisture meter also helps to

avoid over-watering.

 

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera are easy, attractive succulents which make for

great indoor companions. Not only are aloe plants

aesthetically pleasing and easy to handle, you can also

use them in your skincare regimen! Keep your aloe in a

location which offers bright, indirect sunlight - if placed in

direct sunlight, this plant tends to dry out and turns its

leaves yellow. Make sure you have a container/pot that

offers good drainage for your aloe plant. This plant, being

a succulent, requires a well-draining potting mix, so

choose carefully!

 

Zanzibar Gem (ZZ Plant)

The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) is a social media

darling - the quiet hero of any instagram-worthy house plant

collection, and for good reason - its wide, waxy dark green

leaves are drought tolerant and accept low-light conditions.

This tropical plant does not require special potting soils -

any well-draining potting solution will do. You will only need

to water it when it is fully dry and you can also afford to

miss a watering, or two, or three… as it will still thrive!

 

Now that you are equipped with some understanding about basic plants - growing household plants

isn’t complicated (really, it isn’t!). One of the most important things a houseplant needs to flourish and

be happy is the right amount of fertilizer and good potting soil. Here are some of the potting mixes

listed on Supply.