Houseplants for Beginners
Do you feel like you’re cursed to eternally kill plants? Do you think your thumb is as black as 6pm after daylight savings time? If any of these thoughts sound familiar, you’re not alone. We can’t say how many plants we’ve mistakenly killed from not having the right skill set or knowledge - and that’s all a “green thumb” is, being knowledgeable about plant care. With knowledge comes power, and with power comes being a good plant parent. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. We’ve compiled a list of houseplants perfect for the beginner looking to learn more.
The Snake Plant
Snake plants are one of our ultimate go-to plants when making suggestions for friends or others. These funky guys have long, strappy leaves that look like swords, and they’re the perfect companion almost anywhere in the house due to their tolerance for practically any lighting condition. The only way to truly kill a snake plant is to overwater it, and, thankfully, they’re native to the arid regions of Africa and should go about a month between waterings. These guys are probably the most laid-back houseplants out there.
The ZZ Plant
ZZ plants are our second go-to when suggesting new houseplants for others. Its wildly arching foliage is a drastic departure from the vertical stiffness of the snake plant, but the ZZ is just about as versatile. Much like the snake plant, ZZ plants are succulent and retain water in the tubers that sit just above the soil, meaning you’ve only got to do your part and water them about every month or so to ensure their happiness. ZZ plants also dwell mostly in the bright shade in their natural habitat, which makes it easy on you. They can be put practically anywhere so long as they’re not in the direct sun found in a south-facing window. Trust us, there’s a reason that “ZZ” rhymes with “easy”.
One of our favorites, pothos is an easy-going trailing plant that doesn’t need much care or experience to grow. Under the right circumstances, pothos plants are prolific growers. So much that, in certain tropical regions, they’re considered an invasive plant. Fortunately for those of us who have them indoors, they’re confined to their planters and are easy to prune back. Due to their tropical, shade-loving nature, you don’t really have to worry where you place it in your house, provided it gets some kind of indirect light. Watering these guys is a cinch, because they tell you when they need water by drooping their leaves slightly. However, if you’re ever in doubt or maybe don’t speak plant quite yet, watering them about once a week will do the trick.
The Heart-leaf Philodendron
Easily confused for a pothos and vice versa, the heart-leaf philodendron is a similar vining plant with tons of personality. The care is fairly similar to that of a pothos; you can place them practically anywhere except in direct sunlight, and they’ll let you know they’re thirsty by drooping their leaves a little bit. The main difference between the two is purely visual. The leaves of the heart-leaf philodendron are smooth and velvety, coming in a number of fun patterns and variegations. If you keep these plants content, they’ll happily reward you with long, trailing vines for years to follow.
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Written by: Egan Thorne
Photos by: Emily Kellett