The 7 Best Houseplants For Beginners

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By Likita Gowda

Plants can instantly liven up any space, spruce up one’s home decor and add a sense of calm and peace to the surroundings they are in. Not only do they purify the air by removing toxins and keeping oxygen flowing but they also aid in deterring illness, improving one’s concentration and lowering stress. With that said, we know there are a lot of you out there who although love plants cannot seem to find a way to keep them alive. Fret not, we have also been there and it’s only a matter of trial and error and lots of patience that one can grow a green thumb. So, if there’s a plant enthusiast hidden in you who is willing to take the plunge by getting some plant babies, then here are the best low-maintenance houseplants to help you begin your plant journey.

1. Snake Plant

If you are looking for a plant that does not require a ton of light or water to survive, then get yourself a snake plant. These are also called mother-in-law’s tongue because of the dagger like shape of the leaves. Snake plants do not need direct sunlight and they can survive without water for weeks! If that’s not low maintenance we do not know what is!

2. Pothos

Also known as devil’s ivy, pothos are some gorgeous vine-y beauties that just grow and grow! The best thing about these plants is that they do not need tons of light and need minimal watering and care. You can even cut off a few stems and put them in a glass of water and let them grow roots. Once they’ve grown roots you can transfer it to soil and say hello to your brand new pothos plant!

3. Spider Plant

Spider plants are not too picky about water, temperature and light which make them a great plant for beginners and newbie plant parents. These do like direct sunlight but can survive in partially lit areas as well and as for their watering schedule  - water them regularly during summers and cut it down in winters. Like we said, these gorgeous beauties can adapt to most conditions and to every type of plant parent.

4. Succulents

There are tons of varieties of succulents and all of them are oh-so-pretty! Not only do these look good, they are also very easy to take care of. Just give them bright light and a little water and they are good to go. The medicinal aloe vera is also a type of succulent and amongst plants we would recommend to beginners. Also, succulents are super cute as gifts as well!

5. ZZ Plant

If you’re the kind of person who always forgets to water their plants then the ZZ plant is just perfect for you. These hardy plants are pretty indestructible and need very little watering - read just two times a month or when the soil is completely dry. Apart from thriving in bright to moderate indirect light, these grow well in poorly lit areas or rooms with no windows as well. The only thing that can kill them though is overwatering - so make sure you avoid that. Pro tip: If the leaves are yellowing then you are overwatering your zz plant.

6. Peperomia

Meet every plant lover’s favourite desk companion - the peperomia plant. There are over 1000 species of Peperomia in nature. They are easy to maintain and adapt well to different environments (that includes growing fine under fluorescent lighting as well). Water them only when the soil is dry and ensure their soil mix has gravel or perlite in it. 

7. English Ivy

These leafy beauties are one of our favourite indoor plants. Not only are they picture perfect and add colour and life to any room, they are known for their endurance as well. Do not overwater them as they like their soil to go dry in between waterings and they do need bright light, so ensure that they get plenty of sunlight. Also your love! The more love you give your plants, the better they will grow!

 

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