Have you fallen in love with houseplants yet? You should! They’re gorgeous, they clean the air, and they’re a lot of fun to have around.
Not all plants are created equal though. Some plants are much trickier to grow because they have very specific requirements for light, temperature, water, and fertilizer, and it takes a lot of time and attention to get it right. They might also need pruning, special soil, etc. That’s a lot of work!
For a lot of us, we just want plants that give us all the benefits of houseplants without the work.
Maybe you have a busy schedule and forget to water, or maybe your home doesn’t get a lot of natural light, or maybe you’re just nervous about getting started and want some easy plants to experiment with.
Look no further! Here are some of our favorite houseplants for beginners.
The Easiest Houseplants to Grow
Also known as ribbon plant or airplane plant, spider plants are some of the best plants for beginners because they don’t require a lot of water or direct sunlight. They’re also non-toxic, which is great if you have kids or pets!
Read our article on selecting and caring for spider plants here!
Also known as Devil’s Ivy, pothos isn’t finicky about soil or temperature and likes to be a little on the dry side, which is great if you forget to water.
Pothos grows well in a variety of light conditions, and it’s a champ at improving indoor air quality!
Read our article about caring for Pothos here!
Snake plants are characterized by their long, beautiful green leaves that stick straight up. And they’re amazing for improving indoor air quality!
Snake plants don’t need a lot of light or water, which means you get a lot of benefits without a lot of work.
To care for your snake plant, put it in indirect sunlight and let the soil dry out between watering.
That’s about it!
It doesn’t get much easier than this. Lucky bamboo doesn’t even need soil!
While this plant looks like bamboo, it’s actually a species of dracaena. They’re beautiful, easy to arrange, and can even grow in fun spirals when they get really long.
While the name may be misleading, there’s no luck involved with maintaining lucky bamboo. To grow them, just put the stalks in a vase of purified or distilled water and place in bright, indirect sunlight. Freshen up the water every once in a while, and make sure the roots are always covered.
While they look similar to pothos, this is actually a completely different plant. But they’re still very easy to grow.
To care for a philodendron, place the plant in bright, indirect sunlight and allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. If you want to check, just stick your finger in the soil. If it feels dry up to your first knuckle, you can add some water.
If that’s still too complicated, no worries. This plant is great at telling you what it needs. If it starts drooping, it might be getting too much or not enough water. If a lot of leaves start turning yellow, it’s getting too much light. Just adjust accordingly, and the plant will recover.
Peace lilies actually aren’t lilies at all, but members of the Araceae family. They grow beautiful, cup-like white flowers and can grow up to 3 feet tall!
To care for them, place the plant in partial shade. They work well far away from windows, or even in windowless rooms. If the leaves discolor, it’s getting too much light!
Keep the soil fairly moist and water about once a week. Peace lilies are also great at telling you what they need, and they’ll start to droop a little when they’re thirsty.
Cast iron plant
These plants earned their name because they’re tough! And unlike the peace lily, this plant actually IS a member of the lily family, though the small, purple flowers only bloom near the base where it’s hard to see them.
But they have large, beautiful leaves and are almost impossible to kill.
This plant doesn’t like direct light, so place in indirect sunlight or even deeper in a room away from a window. Let the soil dry out between waterings so the roots don’t rot.
Try your hand at a few of these plants, and you’ll feel like an amazing houseplant parent even if you’ve always thought you have a black thumb.
If you want your plants to REALLY look amazing, use a little Indoor Plant Food in your water each week. This plant food is gentle enough to use with each watering, so you don’t have to remember to fertilize on an annual schedule.
Keeping beautiful houseplants doesn’t have to be hard! It’s all about finding the right plant that suits your particular needs and lifestyle.