If you google "plants for beginners," you'll probably see the same plants over and over. The pothos, cacti, spider plants, and more. As you probably already know, I've been called a plant lady. Believe or not, I used to kill every plant I would even LOOK AT! Turning thirty changed something. It probably made me more patient, but then again having kids will also help in that department. I have been asked several times what kind of plant someone with a black thumb should buy, and in my opinion, these are the best plants for beginners!
Plants for Beginners No. 1
If you haven't read my post on my top easy indoor plants, A) you should, and B) you'll notice that the zz plant made that list as well! This is probably the easiest, most low maintenance, adapting plant I have. It will do well in low light, and it will thrive in indirect bright light. They prefer to dry out a bit in between waterings. So if you tend to forget about watering your plants, then this is a perfect place to start.
Plants for Beginners No. 2
The lovely Chinese Evergeen. There are several variations, but the one in my home is the “Maria.” If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember I was a bit concerned with some leaves turning yellow. Turns out I hadn’t watered it in over TWO WEEKS! It was still alive and popping new leaves, and not it is in amazing shape. I water it every 10 days or so, and seems to adapt well to low light. The Chinese Evergreen also made TOP 5 INDOOR PLANTS.
Plants for Beginners No. 3
The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law's tongue, don't ask why, is nearly impossible to kill. There are different variations and they're all so easy to take care of! These little beauties can be found pretty much everywhere and can be placed anywhere. Low light, medium light, bright indirect light, bright direct light. You may get a few brown spottings at first when you change the light, but eventually, it will adapt. These snake plants ALSO like to dry between waterings. If you're ever in need of a house warming gift, this is a great option! As well as buying one for yourself, of course. Oh, and you should know that even though they are nearly impossible to kill, the easiest way to kill them is by overwatering them.
Plant for Beginners No. 4
Hoyas! My favorite kind of plants lately. I have a few different kinds of Hoya plants, but the easiest one to take care of has been the hoya pubicalyx. I have it in its original hanger on my east-facing window, and I can already see it crawling up the shutters. They're related to succulents, so watering them every 2 weeks or so is perfect! I'm excited to see if the bloom some flowers this summer. If you're looking for a hanging plant that likes indirect bright light or medium-light that requires watering less, you should definitely look into Hoyas!
Plant for Beginners No. 5
Ah! The monster deliciosa. So beautiful, so intimidating, so easy to care for! I don't know why I waited so long to but this plant. Ok, I do know. I thought it would require high humidity and tons of bright light! I then found out that they DON'T require more humidity than average nor tons of bright light. I have moved it around slowly to a part of the house that doesn't get much bright light (I would say medium to low light) and it has already given me new leaves! I also have a monster adensonii and it's been easy to take care of, too. So if you are looking for a cool looking plant, this one is for you! If you want something nice and big, go for the deliciosa. Something smaller that also vines up your wall, the adensonii.
When I first started buying a plant here and there, I could never keep it alive. Now I know why! I was drowning them by overwatering. I have learned that leaving them alone is sometimes best. That being said, I do tend to buy plants that don't require the soil to be moist (sorry! I used the M word!) Those are so easy to overwater and quite frankly I don't want to deal with them. Plants that like to be dry in between waterings are my jam! If you think you might be heavy-handed when watering, I HIGHLY recommend placing your plant in a terracotta pot. Stay tuned for an upcoming post talking about tips for heavy-handed water-ers!