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7 Best House Plants for Beginners

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

These houseplants are the best place to start your collection. They are all easy to grow and can generally withstand erratic watering, fluctuating temperatures, and some can tolerate next to no natural light.


Pothos/Devils Ivy

Perfect for anyone who thinks they can't keep indoor plants alive! Devil's Ivy or Pothos (same plant, various names!) is a low maintenance but stunning vine that will trail out of the pot in search of the sun. Looks great in a hanging pot or on a a shelf where it can hang down.

  • Light: Pothos can survive anywhere - from the darkest corner to a bright window. Just no direct sunlight!

  • Water: Pothos like water - you can even propagate them in water! They will also forgive you if you forget to water them for a few weeks. As a rule of thumb, water them whenever the soil is try (usually once a week).

  • Temperature: They won't be fussy with aircon or sudden changes in temperature.

  • Soil: A well-draining potting mix is best - always use a mix with a little bit of perlite to encourage draining.


Jade Plant

Also known as a Chinese Money Tree, these are a perfect housewarming gift to bring good fortune into someone's home (or maybe keep it for your own!)

  • Light: Jade plants will need some direct sunlight in order to grow, so pop them outside from time to time to sunbake otherwise they may become stunted and leggy

  • Water: Prefers to be dry rather than moist, they won't be too worried if you forget to water once in a while!

  • Temperature: Keep them in a room with good air circulation as they don't like too much moisture , but as they are very tough, air conditioning or changes in temperature won't bother them too much.

  • Soil: A rich, well-drained potting mix, preferably on the dryer side. Mix your soil with some pebbles, perlite, charcoal to encourage drainage.




Snake Plants

Also known as Mother In Law Tongue, they do well in low light and can survive in even the darkest corner of your home!

  • Light: These plants can survive in anything from low light to direct sunlight.

  • Water: Prefers to be dry rather than moist, they won't be too worried if you forget to water once in a while!

  • Temperature: Keep them in a room with good air circulation, but as they are very tough, air-conditioning or changes in temperature won't bother them too much.

  • Soil: A rich, well-drained potting mix, preferably on the dryer side.



Zanzibar Gem

Zanzibar or ZZ plant has long stems and dark green leaves, and is one of the best plants for offices and homes. ZZ plant likes to be left alone, is drought tolerant, and accepts low-light conditions without throwing a fit.

  • Light: Can happily survive in the darkest of rooms or a spot with plenty of good indirect light.

  • Water: This plant thrives on neglet. Watering is only required once a fortnight!

  • Temperature: They're not too fussy about humidity which makes it perfect for that spot under the air-con!

  • Soil: A well-drained potting mix is best as excessive watering or constant moisture will be the only way to kill a ZZ.



Succulents

Generally speaking, succulents derive from dry, arid climates and are very self sufficient. They don't require a lot of water and come in a wide range of colours, shapes and textures!

  • Light: Give your succulents all the bright and direct sunlight possible. While this plant requires at least one-half day of direct sun each day, it will tolerate several hours of partial sun if necessary. If you are growing it indoors, keep it near a sunny window and rotate regularly to stop it from stretching one day.

  • Water: Prefers to be dry rather than moist - they mostly die from overwatering rather than underwatering! A small drink once every 14 days is all that's required.

  • Temperature: Keep him in a room with good air circulation to avoid the plant staying damp, and away from your air-conditioning if you've got the cold blasting!

  • Soil: A very well-drained potting mix is best (mix with perlite, charcoal and pebbles) preferably on the dryer side.


Peace Lily

A classic indoor plant, a Peace Lily makes for the perfect gift to someone special - even if they aren't a green thumb.

  • Light: Medium natural light is perfect - no direct sunlight. They can also tolerate dark areas of your house too, perfect for a dimly lit hallway.

  • Water: Peace Lilies like water - they can even live bare-rooted in water! Give them a good drink 1-2 times a week, and if they're under-watered their leaves and flowers will start to droop. If this happens, just sit them in a bucket of water for a few hours and watch them spring back to life.

  • Temperature: They are quite versatile, just needing good water all year round to flourish.

  • Soil: A well-draining potting mix is best.



Syngoniums

Syngoniums, aka Arrowhead Vine, has adorable v-shaped leaves and will be one of the easiest indoor plants in your collection. They come in an array of colours and variations (including pink!).

  • ​​​​​​​Light: The brighter light the better, however Syngoniums are okay with a medium amount of natural light.

  • Water: Will forgive you if you forget to water! Use a spray bottle once or twice a week to keep the foliage and soil moist, then a nice big drink when the soil is dry (usually around once a week).

  • Temperature: Keep them away from draughts or sitting in front of your airconditioning vent if you've got the cold blasting!

  • Soil: A rich, well-drained potting mix will keep your Syngonium happy. Lift your plastic pot from the outer pot once a week to keep an eye on the bottom tray - make sure it's not sitting in water!

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