If you're looking to start a houseplant collection and haven't developed your green thumb yet, some plants are better than others. Houseplants for beginners are easy to grow and can generally withstand erratic watering, uneven or bad light, and fluctuating temperatures. They can thrive in dorm rooms, offices, and sometimes even dismal corners.
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Here are 30 of the best houseplants for beginners.
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Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
There is a reason golden pothos is one of the most popular hanging plants. In its native habitat, golden pothos grows into a tree-swallowing monster with huge yellow and green leaves. As a houseplant, the plant will grow aggressively from pots or trailing baskets with minimal care. It also will easily root in a simple glass of water. With good care, large, mottled, mature leaves can develop.
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Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
A well-grown spider plant is a magnificent thing. The plant grows easily in baskets or atop columns with long, slender, arching leaves. The variegated variety is by far the most common. Over time, a mature plant will send out plantlets, or offsets, on long stems that form an impressive hanging display. These plantlets can be easily repotted to create new specimens. Spider plants are not picky about water, light, or temperature.
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Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
Snake plants feature green on green bands on sword-like leaves. And they are exceptionally tough. They like plenty of light, but they can handle less if necessary. And they are not too particular about watering, as long as it is not too much. They also thrive in an office environment. When repotting is necessary, the main clump can be easily divided.
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Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
Dragon trees are wonderfully easy plants that tolerate a wide variety of conditions. These plants feature sword-like leaves with red edging that grow from a woody stem. As a houseplant, dragon trees should grow to around 6 feet, though in their natural environment that can reach 20 feet high. Fertilizer needs are minimal. Just water when the soil is dry a few inches down.
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Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii)
The moon cactus needs only minimal watering, and it can tolerate less light than many other cacti species. It also doesn’t need a lot of fertilization. Just make sure to plant it in a pot with drainage holes and fast-draining soil, and it should be happy. Water only when the soil has nearly dried out, as overwatering can cause rot and other problems.
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Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae spp.)
Bromeliads have gained an unfair reputation, probably because of the difficulty required to coax a bloom. It is true that making these jungle plants bloom in the house is a tricky task. They require copious warmth and water, along with high humidity and filtered light. However, many species have beautiful leaves that are attractive by themselves. Bromeliads are usually watered by filling the central cup. They require little fertilizer. And when pups appear around the base of the plant, these can be repotted to increase your collection.
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Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
Also a dracaena species, lucky bamboo is the perennial office plant. Untold pots of these thrive in awful conditions, such as sporadic watering with bad lighting and poor air quality. They can make wonderful gift plants, and many people believe they bring good luck and enhance the chi, or energy, of their surroundings.
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Fishbone Cactus (Disocactus anguliger)
The fishbone cactus features unique angled and toothed stems—hence another one of its common names, the zig zag cactus. It’s a tropical species that can handle more humidity and less sun than typical desert cacti. Give it bright, indirect light, and water when the top 2 inches of soil have dried out.
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Aloe (Aloe vera)
As a succulent, aloe is quite tolerant of drought. So it won’t suffer if you forget to water it. And once you do water, its long, narrow, sword-like leaves should plump up again. It also doesn’t need much in the way of fertilization. However, you should make sure to place it by a window that gets bright, indirect light. And ensure that both its container and its soil drains well.
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Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
The cast iron plant is as tough as, well, cast iron. It can take a lot of neglect, including low light and inconsistent watering, and still look great. The plant features large, dark green, glossy leaves. Outdoors it does flower, but that’s not common indoors. Aim to keep it away from direct harsh sun, which can burn the leaves.
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Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)
The Chinese evergreen is grown for its attractive foliage. The leaves are large, glossy, and oval, and they can come in a variety of colors. This plant isn’t overly picky about its soil conditions, though it should never sit in waterlogged soil. If you have a dark green foliage variety, you don’t need to give your plant much light. The variegated varieties should receive bright, indirect light.
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Echeveria (Echeveria spp.)
Echeveria succulents are popular for good reason. They produce stunning rosettes with plump leaves that can come in a wide variety of colors. And they are fairly low-maintenance. They like lots of bright light, though direct afternoon sun can burn the leaves. And they need well-draining soil. Water when the soil has mostly dried out.
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Holiday Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
The holiday cactus is beloved for its bright blooms that appear in the late fall and early winter. It is actually a rainforest plant, meaning it needs more water than desert cacti. Still, its needs aren’t excessive; water when the soil is dry about 2 inches down. It’s also not picky about its soil, as long as it has good drainage. And it does well if you have a window with bright, indirect light.(Video) 30 Low Maintenance Houseplants I Can't Live Without!
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Ox Tongue (Gasteria spp.)
Ox tongue gets its common name due to its long leaves that have a rough texture. The leaves are commonly green but can come in different colors and patterns. This succulent likes bright light but protection from strong afternoon sun. Water when the soil has nearly dried out, and don’t let water accumulate in the leaves.
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Jade (Crassula ovata)
Jade is a popular succulent and is said to bring good luck. It features deep green, oval leaves on woody stems. It’s a relatively hands-off plant. Just make sure it has bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. Water more frequently in the spring and summer than the fall and winter, making sure the soil is never soggy.
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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)
Peace lilies are tropical plants that are popular to grow indoors. They feature large, oval, dark green, glossy leaves and bloom with white or yellow flowers. The key to their care is moderation: They like relatively moist soil and filtered sunlight. Also, use a houseplant fertilizer during the growing season.
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Donkey's Tail (Sedum morganianum)
Donkey’s tail, also known as burro’s tail, is a succulent that produces trailing stems of small, bright green, tear drop-shaped leaves. This plant can handle some neglect, such as short periods of drought. It likes direct morning sunlight but should be shielded from harsh afternoon sun. Also, be careful when handling it, as the stems can break easily.
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Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
The prayer plant gets its name because its leaves remain flat during the day, but then at night they fold up like hands praying. This plant is grown for its decorative foliage, which can even come in a tricolored variety. Give your plant indirect light, well-draining soil, and a moderate amount of moisture, and it should thrive.
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English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English ivy is popular to grow both indoors and outdoors for its evergreen, climbing vines. It can do great in a hanging basket indoors, where its vines can trail over the sides. This plant doesn’t need much light, and it can grow in a variety of soil types. Just make sure it’s never waterlogged. And repot it every year or two if it’s cramped.
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String of Buttons (Crassula perforata)
String of Buttons is a relative of the jade plant. Also known as necklace vine, this succulent features tiny, gray-green leaves that encircle a central stem. Good drainage and not overwatering are key for growing success. Also, provide bright, indirect light.(Video) Easiest Houseplants For Beginners | My Top 5 Easiest Houseplants To Care For
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Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum raddianum)
Maidenhair ferns have a delicate look thanks to their tiny, fan-shaped leaf segments that grow in clusters on wiry black stems. These ferns don’t grow very large, and they’re fairly hardy. Just make sure to keep them in a warm, humid environment, such as a bathroom. And keep the soil moist but not soggy.
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ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
The ZZ plant sports oval, deep green leaves that grow upward. The leaves are so glossy and uniform in color that some people might even mistake them to be fake. This plant is quite low-maintenance and can tolerate some drought. It also can handle a range of light conditions, except for harsh direct sunlight. Water the soil when it’s nearly dry, and protect your plant from drafts.
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Philodendron (Philodendron spp.)
Philodendron species tend to have large, glossy leaves. There are both vining and non-climbing types, and they do well as houseplants. Just try to keep them in a fairly warm and humid environment, and shield them from strong direct light. Water when the top inch or so of soil has dried out.
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Monstera Deliciosa (Monstera deliciosa)
Monstera deliciosa has large leaves that develop holes (also called fenestrations) as the plant ages. This plant is quite easy to care for, though it does need a support structure, such as a moss pole in its container, as it grows. Keep it in bright, indirect light, and maintain moist but not soggy soil.
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Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus)
Satin pothos is notable for its variegated foliage. Its heart-shaped, dark green leaves feature silvery splotches that almost make them shine. This is a vining plant that looks great trailing over the side of a hanging basket. Keep it in bright, indirect light, and water when the top 2 inches of soil has dried out.
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Wax Begonia (Begonia semperflorens)
Wax begonias are cheerful flowering plants that are grown both indoors and outdoors. Their blooms typically come in pink, red, white, and even bicolors. They are tropical plants, so they prefer a fairly warm and humid environment. Water when the top inch of soil dries out, and provide bright, indirect light.
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Zebra Plant (Haworthiopsis attenuata)
Zebra plants are hardy little succulents that take well to container growth. They appear somewhat like mini aloe plants. Place them by a window with bright light, but protect them from direct afternoon sun. And ensure that they have sharp soil drainage. Water when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil have dried out, and prevent water from accumulating in the rosette.
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Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
The corn plant produces thick canes, or stems, from which long, narrow leaves grow—similar to corn stalks. It’s sometimes referred to as a “false palm” because its appearance also is similar to that of a palm tree. As a houseplant, it doesn’t require much maintenance or take up much space, thanks to its narrow, vertical growth habit. Keep it in a warm, humid spot with filtered bright light, and maintain even soil moisture.
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Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
Polka dot plants are grown for their interesting foliage. The most common variety features leaves with a pink base color and green speckles. Keep your plant in bright, indirect light for optimal foliage coloring. And water when the top 2 inches of soil have dried out. Also, use a houseplant fertilizer during the growing season to encourage healthy growth.
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Aeonium (Aeonium spp.)
Aeonium species are generally succulents with glossy or waxy leaves that form rosettes. They come in an array of colors and sizes. For indoor growth, place them by a window that gets bright, indirect light, and use a container and soil with good drainage. Water when the top 2 inches of soil have dried out, and reduce watering over the winter.
What is the easiest houseplant to have?
The easiest houseplants to grow generally aren’t too picky about their environment, and they can bounce back from some neglect. How easy a plant is also depends on your home’s conditions. For example, if you live in a dry climate, you might fare better with plants that have low humidity and moisture needs.
How many houseplants should I start with?
If you’re a beginner when it comes to houseplants, it’s ideal to start with just a few that have similar growing needs. That way, you can easily work them into your routine and not have to consider any individualized care.
What is the most hardy houseplant?
Hardy houseplants can handle a range of growing conditions where many plants would die, as well as some neglect in their care. The cast iron plant is a prime example, as it can thrive even in low light and with inconsistent watering.
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What is the best indoor plant for a beginner? ›
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) A pothos is a great houseplant for novices and experts alike. ...
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) ...
- ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) ...
- Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) ...
- Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata or Sansevieria trifasciata)
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) ...
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) ...
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) ...
- Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) ...
- Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
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- Pothos Golden. Sometimes called the "Devil's Ivy," the Pothos variety of plants is a great grower for any level of houseplant experience. ...
- Peace Lily. ...
- ZZ Plant. ...
- Monstera Deliciosa. ...
- Pencil Cactus. ...
- Spider Plant Variegated. ...
- Philodendron 'Birkin' ...
- Sansevieria 'Laurentii'
The oldest currently living houseplant of record is located in the conservatory at London's Kew Gardens. The 242-year-old Eastern Cape cycad has been growing in a pot since 1775.What plant can survive without sunlight but is easy to care for? ›
The heartleaf philodendron specifically is a hardy plant that can withstand most conditions with minimal care, including low light. Philodendrons come in climbing and non-climbing varieties and can grow as tall as three feet and as wide as six feet with proper care.
The crops of corn, beans, and squash are known as the Three Sisters. For centuries these three crops have been the center of Native American agriculture and culinary traditions. It is for good reason as these three crops complement each other in the garden as well as nutritionally.What 3 which plants need to grow? ›
Plants need air, water and sunlight.What is the easiest and fastest plant to grow indoors? ›
Some fast-growing indoor plants include Aloe Vera, Snake Plant, Lucky Bamboo, Jade Plant, Wandering Jew, Peace Lily, Spider Plant, Fiddle Leaf Fig, Maidenhair Fern, Chinese Money Plant, Pothos, Velvet Plant, Dumb Cane, and English Ivy.What is the easiest potted plant to grow? ›
- Lettuce. Looseleaf and romaine are the best lettuce varieties to plant in containers since they need less growing space than head or stalk lettuces. ...
- Basil. Good news pesto lovers! ...
- Chives. ...
- Tomatoes. ...
- Snow Peas/Sugar Snap Peas. ...
- Peppers – Bell or Chili. ...
- Zucchini. ...
What is the simplest plant? ›
Bryophytes are simple plants. They are the simplest plants that grow on land. There are three forms of bryophyte. These are mosses, liverworts and hornworts.What is the simplest plant to grow? ›
- Snap Peas. Snap peas are a quick-growing early crop. ...
- Sunflowers. These sunny flowers are a must for a child's garden. ...
- Radishes. Radishes are super fast growers. ...
- Marigolds. ...
- Cherry Tomatoes. ...
- Pumpkins. ...
- Carrots. ...
A study by garden expert David Domoney found that people overwhelmingly favored Lily of the Valley as a mood-boosting plant, mostly because they associated the fragrant blooms with happy memories.What plant makes you the happiest? ›
- 1 Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) 'Gold Flame' ...
- 2 Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema species) ...
- 4 Variegated strawberry saxifrage (Saxifraga stolonifera 'Tricolor') ...
- 5 Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) ...
- 6 Fishbone cactus (Epiphyllum anguliger)
The bamboo plant is a symbol of good luck, wealth, growth and success. According to the ancient science of vastu, when you place this plant in the east or southeast direction, it increases the flow of positive energy.What is the most popular houseplant 2022? ›
For 2022, the tech giant found that the most popular plant on their Google Lens platform has been the Philodendron. For those unfamiliar with Philodendron, the houseplant is known for being easy to care of, as it thrives both in indoor and outdoor settings, and isn't fickle when transported.Which indoor plant purifies the air the most? ›
Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Florist's chrysanthemums or “mums” are ranked the highest for air purification. They're shown to eliminate common toxins as well as ammonia. Treat yourself to a fresh pot, as this flower only blooms for about six weeks.
An Indian household is usually incomplete without the presence of a sacred Tulsi plant. Every day, Tulsi gives out oxygen for 20 out of the 24 hours day. It absorbs toxic pollutants from the air such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide.What is the longest blooming houseplant? ›
Rarely without their showy blooms, Anthuriums are known as the world's longest blooming houseplant. Each bloom can last up to eight weeks, and new ones will pop up often. These aren't actual flowers, but modified waxy leaves. Anthuriums flourish and bloom best in bright indirect light.Which indoor plant we should not keep in home? ›
Cotton and silky cotton plants are considered unlucky plants for the home. These snowy white plants look very pretty when used as a decorative element but they are not the perfect choice as per vastu as they are inauspicious and bring bad luck when placed indoors.
What's trending in houseplants? ›
Indoor gardening is more popular than ever, so it's no surprise to see houseplants continuing to surge in popularity. If you're looking to create your own jungle at home (or need a new Zoom backdrop), then a few plants to have on your radar for 2022 include the Areca Palm, pineapple plants and Bromeliads.What houseplants like to stay wet? ›
- Calathea Ornata.
- Philodendron Gloriosum.
- Calathea Triostar.
- African Violet.
- Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
1. ZZ Plant. Also known as the “eternity plant,” the ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is one of the hardiest indoor houseplants around. Not only can it survive with very little sunlight, but it is also drought resistant!Can plants survive in a room with no sunlight? ›
plants have developed a number of ways to survive when they can't photosynthesise. All plants can survive for short periods without light. Obviously, they need to be able to last through the night, but they can also cope with a longer darkness in an emergency.What plants dont need water or sun? ›
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- Succulents. ...
- ZZ plant. ...
- Pothos. ...
- Ponytail palm. ...
- Snake plant. ...
- Air plants. ...
- Begonias. ...
- Chinese evergreen.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have large windows in their home office. But that shouldn't stop you from brightening up the space with indoor plants. Whether your home office is in your basement, a dark corner or a windowless room, there is a vast selection of plants that thrive in all these spaces.What type of plant does not need a lot of water or sunlight? ›
ZZ Plant. If you're looking for a houseplant that's almost indestructible, you can't go wrong with ZZ plant. This amazing plant tolerates a wide range of light conditions and can go without water for extended periods.Which indoor plant has long life? ›
Rubber plant (Ficus elastica): The large-leaved tropical native has a tree-like nature, contributing to its long-lived tendency. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina): Another tree-like houseplant that will live for many decades under proper conditions.How can I keep my houseplants alive for 2 weeks? ›
- Tweak light and temperature. The more sunlight your plant receives, the more thirsty it will be over time. ...
- Maintain moisture. ...
- Forgo the fertilizer. ...
- Do some light pruning.
Agave Americana Blooms Once Every Hundred Years
It's also known as a century plant because it only blooms once every 100 years (roughly) and then dies. But, because Raleigh gets more rain than the plant's usual home in the high elevations of Northern Mexico, the Century Plant is blooming after only thirty years.
Which plants bloom all year? ›
Rose. The classic rose is one of the most common flowers to grow all year round in India. The climate of India is so suitable for this flower that there are no special efforts needed to grow roses.What is the easiest large indoor plant to take care of? ›
Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
Rubber trees are one of the most forgiving low-maintenance indoor plants as they can easily endure a little neglect. Keep them thriving with some bright, indirect light and a good water once a week.
- Snake Plant. The Snake Plant is one of the BEST indoor plants to have. ...
- Rubber Plant. The Rubber Plant is a beautiful addition to your home. ...
- Spider Plant. ...
- Dracaena Marginata. ...
- Aloe Vera. ...
- ZZ Plant. ...
- English Ivy. ...
- Majesty Palm.
Get the Light Right
Your plants will love living in rooms with eastern exposure. Just remember to keep them far enough away from the window so that they won't feel the cold. Rotate plants in their containers every few days so they get exposure from all sides and don't start growing toward the window.
What you can do is cut back any dying leaves or stems. Leave at least a few leaves to absorb and process sunlight. Be sure the plant has good drainage out of the bottom of its container. When it springs back to life and you see new growth, then consider a general water-soluble fertilizer to help it along.What is the lifespan of a house plant? ›
On average, indoor plants should live a minimum of two to five years. But this is very dependent on the type of houseplant you own, as well as how committed you are to their care. It's not uncommon for some indoor plant types to live upwards of 20 years!