Top 5 Houseplants For Beginners
‘What are the best plants for beginners?’
One of the questions that we get asked most often. When you’re starting your plant collection and aren’t necessarily confident with your plant parent abilities, it can be useful to identify some that are easy going and forgiving of a bit of neglect.
We took the time to pull together a short list of what we think are some of the most beginner friendly houseplants for all of you plant rookies out there. Whether it is an erratic watering schedule or varying light levels, these guys can handle it!
I was actually given a large Golden Pothos as a housewarming gift and it has been a feature in my living room ever since, and I love how easy it is to look after! A very low maintenance plant and won’t keel over if you forget to water it now and again. These plants can adapt to many conditions and actually grow quite aggressively. You can either keep these as potted plants and use a moss pole to encourage them to climb, or you can have the Pothos as a trailing plant. With enough light, you will see their beautiful variegated leaves.
Sansevieria are some exceptionally tough plants. If any of my plants are easier to care for than my Golden Pothos, it’s my Snake Plant Moonshine. There are several varieties of Sansevieria so you’re sure to find one that takes your fancy but they’re all the same on the maintenance front. Ideally, they like a lot of light but can easily tolerate the shade and are very easy going when it comes to watering. Minimal care required and very striking in appearance, what’s to think about?
Succulents and Cacti
Whilst maybe not the most exciting plants, when it comes to withstanding neglect, both succulents and cacti are prime choices. If anything, these guys thrive on a bit of neglect. Just sit them in the sun and water them sparingly.
The Zamioculcas Zamifolia are unsung heroes and I think are often overlooked. These guys are borderline indestructible as they can live in a variety of environments and can even grow in artificial light so make a great office plant. If you really believe yourself to be a serial plant killer, then I challenge to you to defeat this guy! They grow nice and tall and their leaves have a dark and beautiful shine.
Sometimes the Philodendron involves a little extra attention but by and large they’re a great starter plant as they can ease you into plant care without being too demanding. Philodendrons can get you started with plant care on an easy level and they’re very pretty so it’s the best of both worlds. There are numerous variations that exist but all tend to have beautiful colours and they look great as trailing plants.
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