5 Easiest Indoor Plants for Beginners

5 Easiest Indoor Plants for Beginners

Now that we are all spending most of our time at home and inside, away from our friends. By adding some plants, you will revamp your space, get a gentle reminder of nature, and have a few more “friends” to hang out with. I know I have been itching to add a few new plants to my collection. If you haven’t had a houseplant before, or haven’t had good luck with them, here are 5 of the easiest plants to take care of. The best news: they can all be ordered online and from your couch so you can keep up that social distancing and STAY HOME!

1. Snake Plant

– Scientific Name: Sansevieria trifasciata

– Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats

– Prefers medium/low light

The snake plant- also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue and other names- is a tropical plant that also makes for a great houseplant. It is one of the easiest plants to take care of. It can be neglected, yet still, look perfect and fresh. It doesn’t need a lot of light and can go a while without water. Mine has been through A LOT (it was even sitting outside of the soil for a while) but you would never even know! This plant is perfect for people that are starting out as new plant parents, and want something a little more unique, yet easy. Throw it in a corner and admire its beauty as it thrives in low light!

Buy one here: 4″ Snake Plant

2. Heart Philodendron

– Scientific name: Philodendron hederaceum

– Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats

– Prefers medium light

The philodendron is a very large category for plants- especially indoor plants. They can range from a monstera (those popular leaves that have slits in them) to my favorite- the Green congo philodendron. The green congo philodendron is a simple, yet amazing indoor plant! It has a simple leaf shape and grows in long beautiful vines. It is a pretty quick growing plant, and you will notice some new growth immediately. This plant can thrive under a variety of circumstances, so no matter where you have space- you can throw one of these bad boys in there. They also make great desk plants because they can survive with only fluorescent light. Not only can they thrive in low light environments, and they can even be cut and grown in water (then you can have two philodendron babies)! Make sure to keep the soil moist and water when the soil gets drier.

Buy one here: 3″ Heartleaf Philodendron

3. Succulent/Cactus

– Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats

– Prefers bright light

A succulent and/or a cactus are classic beginner plants. They don’t require much water or care and are great accent pieces. Succulents usually require watering every two weeks, and cactus can go up to one month without water. However, be careful, as these are prone to overwatering. One of the number one mistakes of a beginner plant parent is: overwatering. If the older/lower leaves are starting to crisp and turn brown- THIS IS NORMAL! Succulents may shed their lower leaves to preserve energy for growing newer ones. Spray younger succulents with some water every week to ensure proper growth. Then, let these babies soak up the sun and they will be happy.

Buy one here: 2″ Succulent Mix or 2″ Cactus Mix

4. Hoya

– Scientific Name: Hoya Carnosa

– Non-toxic to Dogs, Non-toxic to Cats

– Prefers indirect sunlight

A hoya is another plant that has a lot of variety within the species. These plants have thick leaves, but don’t be fooled, they are not succulents (thick leaves are a distinct feature of some succulents). These plants are super easy and don’t require much water or sunlight. Depending on the type of hoya, they can grow vines, and they might even flower under the right conditions! An important tip for a hoya is DRAINAGE! Make sure that you put the hoya in a pot with proper drainage holes, but keep the soil moist. These plants need to drain because they are very sensitive to overwatering.

Buy one here: 2.5″ Hoya

5. Rubber Plant

– Scientific Name: Ficus elastica

– Toxicity: some are, some aren’t! Check with your nursery before buying.

– Prefers indirect sunlight

This plant may look similar to the hoya, but it is a different species- and can grow to be pretty tall. The sap from these plants can be used to make rubber; hence the name rubber plant. These plants are good at communicating their needs. If their needs are not being met, they will start to drop their lower leaves. Make sure you are keeping the soil moist and giving it proper sunlight. Keeping it behind a sheer curtain next to a window is best. They need their leaves wiped down or a good misting every week or two to ensure they are absorbing enough water and getting sunlight. These are great plants for height, and have beautiful, big, dark green leaves. Get one of these- and maybe even try to take up rubber making!

Buy one Here: 6″ Burgundy Rubber Tree

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