Best Houseplants for Beginners

Houseplants make a great addition to any home. They keep the air clean and fresh, add bright colors to your spaces, and add natural decor.

Many plants make great houseplants for beginners. However, if you’re not sure about your abilities to grow houseplants, don’t despair! If you’re not sure of where to get started, this handy guide will walk you through all you need to know to start just a few or even a lot of plants inside.

List of best houseplants for Beginners

If you’re looking for houseplants that are no-fuss and difficult to kill, these are some of the best options. Not only are they great plants to grow, but they’re also hardy and will be good starter plants. If you have success with these plants, you can branch out into more challenging houseplants.

1. Golden Pothos Vine is good houseplant for beginners

This is a popular hanging plant that most people have seen. In its native environment, the plant will actually grow to be a huge size and even take over entire trees.

However, when kept in a pot, they will still grow but at a much lower rate. They can be trimmed occasionally to prevent overgrowth. You can also root them in a glass of water to make new plants if desired.

2. One of the hardiest houseplants for beginners would be the Spider Plant

A spider plant grows easily in baskets or pots and has long thin arching leaves. They’ll also send out offsets on long steps that can be used to create new plants if desired.

Since they’re not picky about light, temperature, or water, they can be easily grown and are one of the hardiest plants on this list. They also make a great gift so consider starting new plants from the offsets and giving them gifts.

3. Succulents and Cacti are popular options for houseplants for beginners

If you’re the home grower who never remembers to water their plants, then these varieties are probably a good idea. There are dozens of varieties of succulents and cacti that can easily be found in garden centers. In general, they are plants designed to weather dry conditions.

“Only a few love the cactus as others fail to see their beauty. Because others just hate them for the thorns they possess, and they don’t understand the fact that they are meant to work as their protecting gear.”

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Some may have spikes, although many don’t. Both agave and aloe are popular succulents to grow. They do best in bright light and little water but require very little care. Some varieties also produce beautiful flowers, so they’re a great choice.

4. Bromeliads are really pretty houseplants that are great for beginners

These plants don’t always make the easy to grow list but unfairly so. They are difficult to coax a flower from as they require high heat and water to bloom.

However, many of the species have beautiful leaves that are attractive. While you may not be able to get a flower very often, they’re pretty plants on their own and still hardy.

5. Bamboo is considered one of the most common houseplants and will be amazing for beginners

Also known as lucky bamboo, this is probably the most common office plant around, and with good reason. They thrive in awful conditions and are probably almost impossible not to keep alive.

Bamboo is plants that can be watered only occasionally and do well even in poor lighting and poor air quality conditions.

They make great plants to gift, and some people also believe that they bring good luck. They’re an interesting plant, so make a good choice when you want some variety in your houseplants.

There are some varieties that could cause an issue so why not check this article I wrote on that very subject

Caring for Houseplants: The Basics

Houseplants can be fussy or simple to take care of, but taking a few steps to make sure that they’re in the right environment will make a significant difference when it comes to their health. These are the basic elements that each houseplant needs.

1. Light

Houseplants typically need high, medium, or low light. When you purchase a plant, the tag on it will tell you the amount of light it needs. If not, ask a local gardening store or look it up before purchasing.

Since plants can die without adequate light, make sure that you plan to put the plant in a space where it will have enough light. A high light plant needs five or more hours of direct sunlight, while a low light houseplant can live in a room without any windows.

2. Water

All plants need water to survive. Some plants, such as succulents, only need to be watered when the soil is parched. However, most plants should be watered when the top of the soil feels dry.

Most plants will be watered 1-2 times a week.

If the plant does not have specific watering instructions with it, follow this rule of thumb.

3. Fertilizer

Houseplants need fertilizer to thrive, so it’s important to give them this fuel. You can use fertilizer through water by adding fertilizer to the water about once a month. If you want to use a slower release fertilizer, this can be added to the plant’s soil every 2-3 months. Both methods are excellent to use but choose the one that works best for you.

4. Temperature

Surprisingly to some, most houseplants are tropical plants and cannot tolerate colder temperatures. This means that they will likely not thrive outside, especially in the colder temperatures.

House plants tend to do best at temperatures between 65-75 degrees.

They may be able to tolerate temperatures as low as 55 degrees but usually not for long. If you tend to keep the home colder in the winter months, try keeping or moving the plants into a room that stays slightly warmer.

Keeping Houseplants Clean

One area that’s often overlooked is keeping houseplants clean. Although these houseplants are easy ones to keep alive, they do require occasional maintenance. Cleaning them not only keeps them healthy, but you’ll also be sure to catch any pests if present.

Common methods of keeping the houseplants clean

Several methods will be mentioned below, and for all these steps, it is important to remember that during the cleaning process, avoid using too much force as this may damage the plant.

The most common method would be to use a sprayer to clean the plant gently. Use a diluted concoction of basic dishwashing liquid to spray the leaves.
Use a duster to clean the leaves.Rub the leaves with a damp paper towel if needed.

Dirt and dust can accumulate on the houseplant leaves just like they would on any other plant, so make sure to clean them occasionally or when you notice them starting to look dull.

Potting Indoor Houseplants

Depending on where you purchase your houseplants, you may need to repot them. Their container may be a simple plastic one which is fine for temporary use but may actually harm the health of the plant long-term.

You may also need to add additional soil which can be an important consideration as well.

Pots recommended for indoor plants

Terra cotta is not required but always a good choice as it helps to control humidity levels within the pot. In general, ceramic pots are a good choice.

Depending on your personal style, you can choose a preferred pot. However, make sure that it has holes for drainage on the bottom of the container. You can set a drainage pot under the pot if desired to avoid getting water on the floor.

Soil for potted plants

In general, potting soil that’s general purpose is going to be adequate for your plants. Plants such as cactus and succulents tend to need a special mix, though. They require soil that’s self-draining.

Your local gardening center will have both types of soil, and it tends to be well-marked so that you know what you’re purchasing. Unless you purchase a plant that has specific soil needs, a general potting soil will be adequate.

There may also be a need to change the soil of potted plants periodically, as this act may provide for more air into the roots and renew the nutrients in the soil. Information on more reasons as to why it is beneficial to change the soil of potted plants is further explained in this article that I wrote. Feel free to check them here.

Avoiding Common Houseplant Issues

If you follow these steps, your houseplants will likely be healthy. However, even the most talented of gardeners are going to run into problems occasionally. There are a few common problems that houseplants can experience.

1. Overfeeding of indoor house plants

One fairly common problem is overfeeding. Too much nitrogen in the soil from the fertilizer will cause the plant to grow, but its growth will be soft.

This makes them more susceptible to diseases, so don’t fertilize more than needed. If required, set a reminder on your phone or calendar so that you know when to fertilize the plants.

2. Overwatering of indoor house plants

The same holds for watering. Too much water can lead to root rot and other diseases. Although most plants need to be watered one or two times a week, develop the habit of checking the soil conditions before watering.

Most plants should have a top layer of soil that appears dry before watering. Some plants may need more water, but this is not extremely common.

If the plant is drooping, this is a sign that they’re not getting enough soil.

Gently testing the soil with your fingers can give you a great deal of information about watering needs. Try to get into the habit of watering once or twice a week for the best results.

Conclusion on Best Houseplants for beginners

All this information may be too taxing for a beginner into growing plants, so I would like to remind you that the heart of gardening and planting revolves around loving the plant and its growth! Of course, not every plant will thrive initially, so enjoy the process while also taking notes on how they thrive under specific circumstances.

You may be surprised at how easy their care and maintenance can be, especially when you have eased yourself into the gardening life. Hopefully, these tips will be beneficial to you and aid you with doing a good job with plant care. Even beginners can grow healthy plants, and this general guide can help you to get started.

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Tony O'Neill

I am Tony O'Neill, A full-time firefighter, and professional gardener. I have spent most of my life gardening. From the age of 7 until the present day at 46. My goal is to use my love and knowledge of gardening to support you and to simplify the gardening process so you are more productive

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