7 House Plants for Beginners

Houseplants are extremely trendy right now, and with great reason! They have the ability to purify the air, add life and texture to your home decor, and also reward you with the peace of mind watching them grow. Plants are a wonderful addition to the minimalist lifestyle, and we LOVE them in our home. If you don’t have a green thumb just yet- it can often be intimidating to think about plant parenthood, especially if you’ve never committed to it before. So I’m here to help you with 8 common house plants that I personally think are some of the best houseplants for total beginners, along with some general care instructions that have worked well for me over the years. 

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BASICS OF HOUSEPLANT CARE

If you’ve never had a houseplant before, or if you’ve never been able to keep one alive- this post is for you! From my experience until you truly know the basics of houseplants, the idea of keeping a living plant alive in your home seems really intimidating. But once you get the hang of it, it will be hard not to pick up a new houseplant every time you leave your house!

Most beginners like to start with plants that aren’t too dependent on the specific amount of sunlight and/or water that they need. Low light plants are wonderful, but the problem is that most people actually underestimate the amount of light that they need so that’s one thing to keep in mind. Another common mistake is people tend to overwater plants more than they tend to underwater them. The majority of plant roots are susceptible to “root rot” especially indoor plants grown in pots. As a rule of thumb to avoid this; all plants should be potted in planters with some sort of drainage and be given an appropriate amount of water for the sunlight which they absorb. 

 

Root rot is a condition in which the roots of a plant begin to rot or decay. This condition can occur in both indoor and outdoor gardens, but is more common in indoor gardens due to a combination of overwatering and poor drainage. When a plant's roots rot and the condition is left untreated, the plant will die.

 

HOUSE PLANTS FOR BEGINNERS

Here are 7 of my favorite easy-to-care-for houseplant recommendations for beginners, and some information on where they live in my home and how often I water them. Hopefully this helps you find a few starter plants to bring into your home with confidence, knowing you’re well equipped with the knowledge to keep them alive!


Snake Plant

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The snake plant is one of the most common of house plants, and it’s one of the very first plants I ever had the privilege of caring for. That’s why after years of plant parenthood, it’s still my #1 recommendation for anyone and everyone starting out with indoor plants. You can’t beat the color, texture or height that they add to your home decor, and they are just so easy to take care of.

We generally water our snake plants twice a month, but we’ve also gone two months without watering and have had no problems, making this plant convenient care for frequent travelers. These babies are resilient, and they will survive. As I mentioned above, the snake plant was the first houseplant I ever cared for, and I’ve had great success moving them all over my home with no problems. Keeping your snake plant near a shaded window is where it thrives best. 


Jade Plant

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Jade is definitely my second recommendation for lowest maintenance houseplant. Ours thrive in our home no matter where I seem to place it.

Jade plants are succulents so they love bright light. I would suggest providing your jade plants with a lot of light until they are well established. Like most of my plants I water this one every couple of weeks as well, (on the 1st and 15th of each month). If you live in an area with nice hot summers like myself: the secret to keeping succulents alive is by keeping them outside in indirect sun during the summer months before bringing them in. They will be so happy to soak up all that natural light without being scorched.

Another tip for all succulents? Keep them right beside a window. Jade plants as decor look great as centerpieces on your dining room, or coffee table and also make wonderful additions to the kitchen.


Aloe Vera

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The window in my kitchen is home to quite a few of my little plants but my aloe isn’t so little anymore! Aloe Vera is a healing plant which makes it extremely useful if you’ve got pets, children, or a holistic skincare regimen. It is best known for treating skin injuries, but also has several other beneficial effects on health. I keep my aloe vera on the same watering schedule as the rest of my plants, twice a month.

Aloe Vera plants can get huge! They need plenty of sunlight, and are a wonderful beginner plant because they grow rather quickly which is always a great confidence booster as a plant owner seeing your babies blossom.


Pothos Plant

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The pothos plant is another of my favorite fast growing indoor house plants that is great for boosting a beginner’s confidence! The only reason it isn’t higher on the list is because you do have to pay a little more attention to its’ leaves in order to decide when to water it. The entire plant will get a little weepy, and you’ll know when it’s time. I water mine about once a week or whenever I notice that it needs it.

The other great thing about pothos is that they can thrive much further from a light source than most houseplants. Most of my other plants are near windows but I like to balance my plants out around the room and this one helps me do that. Also, they’re really fun and easy to propagate!

Propagating plants is an inexpensive and easy way to get new plants from plants you already have. There are a variety of plant propagation tools and methods; the most popular is to take from cuttings.

 

Money Tree

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This is one of my favorite plants! Most money trees have a braided trunk. The Money Tree is also called the “Good Luck Tree” and is an age-old token of good luck and an invitation to good fortune. ... It is rumored to bring prosperity and wealth to your surroundings and decorates your home with nature and good luck.

Let me tell you about his rough little life. And reassure you that you CAN learn to take care of houseplants. First, it was so small I sat it on my mantel and forgot about it. I remembered him when my husband was taking down part of our mantel and bumped into it while on a ladder. All the leaves immediately fell off. I hadn’t watered it in weeks. I gave him a drink and sat him in a sunny spot.

Money trees are survivors. And if yours grows 6 leaves on a stem, it’s said you’ll be blessed with wealth. I don’t see were this could go wrong! I water my money trees every week, or two weeks.


Prickly Pear Cactus

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The prickly pear cactus is extremely fun to grow. You can literally stick them in fresh soil, water them twice a month, and end up with a thriving cactus of your very own. Within just a couple of weeks you’ll notice new growth especially if you keep them in a sunny spot.

I’ve had mine for over years. When the weather changes from summer to winter some of the pads fall off (which is normal) and that’s where my clippings come from. If you’re a fan of propagating, this is goals people. GOALS! Such a perfect way to grow an entirely new prickly pear cactus plant!

I love paying it forward and giving pieces of mine to my friends, so if you’re into attending plant swaps, or just sharing clippings with your loved ones- this is definitely a plant you’ll live to watch grow and can share with your plant loving friends.


Fiddle Leaf Fig

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If I had to be completely honest, there are so many reviews claiming how difficult this plant is to maintain and keep alive, but mine is still kicking so it’s on my list. I recommend the fiddle leaf fig to beginners because of the impact that it will inevitably make in your home. It’s such a great size for decorating with, or making a statement piece in a room.

Water the fiddle leaf when the top couple of inches of the soil is dry. Every week or week or week and a half is what seems to work best for us. This plant is best kept by a bright window but out of direct sunlight, as the leaves have tendency to dry out and scorch. It’s because of this reason that I recommend misting the leaves frequently with a water bottle. If you notice that your leaves are drying out you can try the trash bag trick which is to cover the plant for 48 hours with a clear trash bag and mist the inside of the bag and leaves with water to create a humid atmosphere. This should help your foliage blossom back, and retain the moisture it needs.

 

There you have it… 7 of the best house plants for beginners! For more tips on keeping your indoor plants alive, subscribe to my Holistic Home Mailing List, and join my private Holistic Home Education group on Facebook!