Top 10 Easy Houseplants for Beginners
“Easy houseplants”… this is definitely a wide term and what is easy for one plant parent, might not be for another.
It all varies according to our daily routine and mainly with the conditions we live in…
- different countries,
- different window sizes and directions,
- different weather conditions,
- different lighting opportunities…
But we wanted to list some of the plants that seem to be easy for us at Officially Planted, as well as some of the plants that we have researched to be “easy” for most plant parents!
Hopefully, this will be especially helpful for beginners looking into creating their own urban jungle…
There we go, our Top 10 Easy Houseplants for Beginners:
Sansevierias are wonderful houseplants. And although often considered so “basic”, we have grown to love them a lot over time.
The amount of different colors and even shapes available is so beautiful. We love mixing them together for a sea of Sansevieria.
They are hardy, forgiving, low light tolerant, and super low maintenance!
2. ZZ / Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
You will find this plant in almost any type of list you think of.
What can I say?! They are easy.
I have to remind myself the plant is alive in order to occasionally give it a drink.
Since we normally put it in lower light conditions, it is considered a slow grower. (Try putting it in a higher light and you’ll quickly notice the difference! :))
Zamiifolias are extremely hardy and forgiving, tolerating mostly anything you give it, both in terms of water, light, fertilizing, humidity…
3. Jade Plant / Crassula
Oh Jade, dear jade. If you come across an older jade plant, I am sure you’ll agree that you wouldn’t live without it.
These love bright light – not too intense though. As the sun burns on them, their leaves will become red. They are succulents and will also like to dry.
4. Arrowhead / Syngonium
Here comes one of my favorites. Syngoniums can be shaped as small bushes or grow to become interesting-looking vines. They will enjoy medium light but can tolerate it lower.
If you don’t know what to have on that north window, try placing an Arrowhead on the sill. I am 100% sure you’ll find a big space in your heart for them and eventually want to have all different colors.
5. Aglaonema / Chinese Evergreen
There are so many different varieties available that it is almost unbelievable!
These will most often tolerate low light. Well, except for some variegated and lighter leafed species that would enjoy quite a lot more light.
A quite hardy plant, the Swiss Cheese is yet another easy grower that will take away your home as it grows, to eventually become a real monster!
Our famous spiky friends!! Very slow growing creatures but wonderful to have around, with so many different species available.
As I am sure you already know, these will want to have as much direct sunlight as you can get them and are extremely low maintenance, only requiring your attention a few times per year… literally!
One of the most rewarding plants we are talking about today.
Chinese Money Plant keeps on pushing out new growth almost during the entire year. Pileas will quickly produce new babies to fill in your pot or even to separate and use as a gift for your friends and family.
It likes bright light and it is also good to let it dry out between watering.
Pothos is the perfect vining option for a houseplant newbie. It appreciates bright indirect light and it is also very tolerant to lower light conditions.
If you travel a lot or have a busy schedule, this is a very forgiving plant when it comes to water. Simply wait for the soil to dry out between waterings and then water it thoroughly. Make sure your pot has holes and a well-draining mix.
A pothos will present you with insane growth for years to come! Plus, there are so many different varieties out there that if you find you love it, you can create a whole indoor jungle with this easy-care family.
10. Aloe Vera
Besides its extraordinary treatment powers, Aloe Vera is an extremely hardy plant that does not require a lot of maintenance.
It’s perfect for someone who does not have a lot of time or is still not used to caring for plants.
The first step into caring for an Aloe is to realize that this is a succulent. They would love to be potted into a well-draining cacti mix, have its roots on the dry side, and receive bright light all day.
The above is not in any specific order since, as said, the difficulty level of each plant will depend on the conditions you have to offer.
“Easy plant” does not necessarily mean low light/water requiring plant (at some point in time I will also do a post about those).
So do your research about the plants you get and remember being “easy” is not the same as being OK with “neglect”.
Warning: once you get into plants, there’s no way back! So welcome to the troupe!
Here’s a list of some of our favorite tools, products, and books that all houseplant parents should know about!