New to being a plant parent, but want to start bringing in some houseplants to clean your air, add a natural element to your living space, and brighten your mood? Houseplant benefits range from stress reduction to improvement in illnesses to a boost of productivity. They’re also a solid element and major player in home design.

These 5 Easy to Care for House Plants are for beginners and plant experts alike. They’re incredibly forgiving, a breeze to care for, and the perfect starter plants for every home.


POTHOS (EPIPREMNUM AUREUM) OR “DEVIL’S IVY”

Pothos, with their trailing vine-like habit and attractive heart shaped leaves, both purify air and thrive in low light situations. They’re the perfect office and home companion and are extremely forgiving.

LIGHT NEEDS: Medium to bright, indirect light; Can do quite well in low light conditions.

WATER NEEDS: Let the soil dry out between waterings. Do not let soil get soggy, avoid overwatering.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Pothos will tell you what they need. Their leaves will droop when they’re due for a nice watering.

  • One of the best plants for air quality.

  • Too much direct sun can burn the leaves, pale leaves are also a sign of too much light.

  • Repot once the roots consume the pot.

  • Pothos can easily be propagated to create new plant babies.


SNAKE PLANT (SANSEVIERIA TRIFASCIATA) OR “MOTHER-IN-LAW’S TONGUE”

One of the most popular and hardy houseplants, the snake plant is practically indestructible. It’s cool spikes provide a great structural element to any room and also inform its nickname— they’re sharp like a mother-in-law’s tongue. It features dark green leaves with lighter green cross banding and does incredibly well in low light conditions.

LIGHT NEEDS: Medium to low, indirect light. They’re incredibly adaptable and will survive in dim, low light situations. They can also tolerate bright light, but too much direct sun as its leaves can burn.

WATER NEEDS: Err on the side of under watering as they do not like too much water. Let soil dry out completely, then water through. This plant will retain water, so be sure to use a pot with a drainage hole and let excess water drain out and through.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Great choice for indoor purification.

  • Thrives when its roots are slightly crowded, so a narrow pot is ideal. Don’t place a younger plant in too big of a container.

  • They’ll grow faster in stronger natural light, slower in low light situations.

  • Water less in the winter months.

  • If you travel or tend to ignore plants, this plant is for you.


CACTI (CACTACEAE)

The typical environment for a Cacti is, of course, a desert, and their scales and spines replace leaves as they adapt to these conditions. Many have fleshy stems that can retain water and can tolerate drought very well. There are many different types of spines— soft and feathery or tough and sharp for protection.

LIGHT NEEDS: Cacti thrive in the sun, though too much direct light can burn the plant and cause it to turn yellow. Bright indirect light is best. A south facing window will provide the perfect light for this easy to care for plant.

WATER NEEDS: If you want your cacti to grow, watering is important. While they can handle levels of drought, if they’re receiving lots of sun and are in the heat, you’ll want to water them every week. Make sure the soil if completely dry between waterings. During the winter you can cut down on watering.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • If a cactus looks dimpled or shriveled, it’s a sign it needs watering

  • If you want your cacti to thrive and grow, place it in bright light.

  • Pot your cacti in a planter with good drainage.

  • Cacti do the majority of their growth in warmer seasons.


JADE (CRASSULA OVATA)

Jade plants are beautiful and are considered to be symbols of good luck. This easy to care for succulent has fleshy oval shaped leaves and thick woody stems and while it is a slow grower it can reach up to 6 feet tall.

LIGHT NEEDS: Jade plants love light and should be exposed to bright, indirect light in order to thrive, especially with younger plants. Too much direct light can scorch the plant, though, and cause older jade plants to turn a reddish color.

WATER NEEDS: Make sure your pot/container has excellent drainage and that the soil is moist but not soggy. Never let the plant sit in water. Make sure the soil is dried out between waterings and pull back to once a month watering in the winter months.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • If the leaves are overly soft or flexible, this is a sign of under watering.

  • Losing leaves could be a sing of overwatering.

  • Terra cotta pots are great for this plant as they’re more porous and allow soil to dry out between waterings; if using other containers make sure to water less.

  • They will only require repotting every 2-3 years due to their slower growth.


ZZ (ZAMIOCULCAS OR ZAMIIFOLIA)

The beloved, easy to care for ZZ plant is a low maintenance tropical houseplant with waxy, glossy leaves. This plant looks so good you’ll often have people wondering if it’s even real. ZZ’s can tolerate low light and if you forget to water them, they’re very forgiving. This is also an excellent air purifying plant and will grow slow and steadily.

LIGHT NEEDS: low to bright indirect light, can tolerate low light conditions like a champ.

WATER NEEDS: Water when soil is fully dry.

TIPS AND TRICKS: 

  • One of the best plants for beginners.

  • If it drops leaves, do not fret, the plant sometimes drops leaflets to preserve moisture and will continue to thrive if cared for correctly.

  • Dust the plant so it can photosynthesize efficiently.

  • The leaves could turn yellow if it’s been over watered. Always err on the side of under watering this easy plant.


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