11 Easy-Care Houseplants for Beginners

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Houseplants are beautiful to look at, give off oxygen, and make a house or apartment feel more like home. However, not everyone has an easy time growing plants. If your plants tend to die because you forget to water them, you should try one of these easy-to-grow houseplants that even work well for beginners.

Pothos

Pothos happens to be one of the easiest houseplants to grow, even for a beginner. This is one plant that pretty much takes care of itself. It has lovely heart-shaped green leaves with pale green or white striations. It grows quickly and is perfectly suited for growing indoors, which is great if you live in an apartment or dorm room. It prefers indirect sunlight and only a little water. If you accidentally forget to water it one day, it will be fine.

Pothos houseplant next to lamp on a wooden shelf

English Ivy

English ivy is considered a foliage plant. It has dark green leaves with white striations and vines that spread out and cling, making it an excellent climber. It is very easy to grow, especially if you’re new to plant care. It grows well indoors in baskets or outdoors on a fence or trellis. It prefers indirect sunlight and well-drained soil since it doesn’t like to be too wet.

Peace Lily

Peace Lilies are great houseplants to brighten up a living space. They have dark green leaves and white “flowers.” They are beautiful to look at and easy to grow. They don’t require a lot of light, making them perfect for indoors. You should plant them in an attractive pot, give them a little water, and watch them blossom into a beautiful foliage plant. Peace Lilies don’t require constant watering and attention, which is perfect for beginners.

Jade Plant

Jade plants are easy to grow and are considered to be symbols of good luck. Unlike some of the other plants listed here, they require full sunlight to grow beautiful and healthy. Putting them on a sunny windowsill or in a planter on your porch will ensure they get enough sunlight. They don’t require a lot of water, but you shouldn’t let them get too dry either. They should be watered when the soil feels dry, and only until damp.

Bamboo Plant

Bamboo plants, also known as Lucky Bamboo, are considered to be a type of evergreen grass. They prefer direct sunlight and grow well in water. Bamboo stalks should be placed in a tall vase or container with pebbles at the bottom and filled with an inch or two of water. These plants are very easy for beginners since all they require is a little sun and some water.

Aloe Vera Plant

The aloe vera plant is an attractive succulent that belongs to the cacti family. It is perfect for growing indoors or outdoors in a dry climate. The juice from the aloe vera leaves has been used for centuries as a topical treatment for minor burns, scrapes, and sunburn. The plant has thick, fleshy green leaves that fan outward and has small serrated teeth. Aloe vera should be planted with a well-draining potting mix, as they prefer to be dry.

aloe vera plant

Spider Plant

Spider plants have long, thin, arched foliage that may appear solid green or variegated with white striations. These grow well in a hanging basket and prefer indirect sunlight, making them great for small apartments. These are great plants for newbie gardeners because they require very little tending.

Snake Plant

The snake plant resembles a type of cactus, but is actually a member of the Lily family. If you are someone who has had trouble growing plants in your apartment due to low light, this is the perfect plant for you. It can thrive in indirect sunlight and requires watering about every two to three weeks.

snake plant

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese evergreen is a plant that can tolerate a<a href=”https://gardenbeast.com/chinese-evergreen-guide/”> lack of light and water</a> quite well. If you occasionally forget to water it, that’s fine. Chinese evergreen plants love indirect sunlight and well-draining soil. The perfect potting mix would be an equal amount of potting soil, sand, and perlite.

Prayer Plant

The prayer plant has beautiful decorative leaves that turn upward resembling praying hands, hence the name. They can grow to be a foot tall indoors with deep green leaves and arching red veins traveling down the leaves. These are more of a tropical plant and like warm climates and moist soil. Prayer plants prefer indirect sunlight and should be watered when the soil feels dry.

Barrel Cactus

Barrel Cactus is another plant that is easy for beginning gardeners. Cacti thrive in warm, dry climates and require very little water. You should plant barrel cactus with a mix of sand, compost, and a little topsoil in a sunny location and water occasionally.

These 11 houseplants are perfect for beginning gardeners who may have trouble growing other types of plants. Any one of these would be a great starter plant for someone moving into a new apartment.

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