The Six Best Houseplants for Beginners (That Won't Die on You)
So, you want to get into plants? That's great! Plants are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they can also improve your mental and physical health. Not to mention, taking care of plants can be incredibly therapeutic. In this blog post, we'll give you a list of some of the best houseplants for beginners that are practically impossible to kill. Trust us, even if you've never kept a plant alive before, these plants will thrive under your care.
1. Snake Plant
The snake plant, also known as the mother-in-law's tongue, is a great option for beginners because it is practically indestructible. It can tolerate low light conditions as well as periods of neglect (aka when you forget to water it for a week or two). When it comes to watering, less is more with the snake plant—so don't overwater it. Allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Provide bright indirect light for best results. Snake plants are also known for their ability to produce oxygen at night, making them the perfect plant to keep in your bedroom.
2. ZZ Plant
The ZZ plant is another tough plant that can withstand a fair amount of neglect. It is drought tolerant and can go several weeks without being watered. It prefers bright indirect light but can also tolerate low light conditions. The only thing you need to be careful with is not to overwater it—which can cause its leaves to yellow and drop off.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera plants are easy to care for and thrive in bright indirect light. They require very little water and can go several weeks without being watered. When you do water them, make sure to allow the soil to dry out completely between watering cycles. Aloe vera plants are also great for beginner gardeners because they are relatively slow growers.
4. Jade Plant
Jade plants are beautiful succulents that thrive in bright indirect light but can also tolerate low light conditions. They should be allowed to dry out completely between watering cycles—but be careful not to overwater them as this can cause their leaves to yellow and drop off.
5. Golden Pothos
The Golden pothos is a fast-growing vine that looks great in hanging baskets or cascading over shelves. It thrives in bright indirect light but can also tolerate low light conditions and periods of neglect (ie when you forget to water it for a week or two). Water your pothos about once every week or two and enjoy its beautiful foliage all year round—but be careful not to overwater as this can cause the leaves to yellow and drop off.
6. Spider Plant
The spider plant is one of the most popular houseplants around—and for good reason! It's easy to care for, thrives in various lighting conditions, is pretty much impossible to kill (unless you really try), and produces baby spider plants (called "spiderettes") that can be propagated easily. Spider plants prefer bright indirect light but will also tolerate low light conditions and periods of neglect (ie when you forget to water it for a week or two), though they should be watered every 7-10 days or when the soil feels dry to the touch.
There you have it! Six of the best houseplants for beginners. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get your hands dirty! Trust me, your mental and physical health will thank you for it :)