There’s no denying it, houseplants are HOT!
Over the last decade we have seen a renewed interest in collecting and caring for indoor plants. The days of limited options are over as we see new and unique varieties coming into the garden center but, not everyone is a seasoned plant parent. The number one question we hear is, “What are the best houseplants for beginners?” Here, we will offer our advice on the best options for the new plant owner.
It’s important to keep in mind that not every plant needs the same care. Some plants are, what we lovingly refer to as, ‘needy’ and others are happiest when they are ignored. For the beginner, we usually recommend the latter to build confidence in your plant parenting skills. As your success grows, so will the diversity of your collection. The most important thing to remember is, learning anything new takes time. There will be successes and failures. Don’t let the failures get you down. Seek advice, ask questions, and always try again. Before you know it, you might be the person inspiring the next new plant parent! So, lets get to our recommendations for the best houseplants for beginners.
Number one on our list is Sansevieria. Available in numerous varieties, Sansevieria tolerate every light condition, need minimal water, and are not temperamental with fluctuating temperatures. This plant falls in the ‘we like to be ignored’ category. Perfect for the first timer!
Falling in the same, ‘we like to be ignored’ category is the ZZ Plant. ZZ’s prefer to be on the dry side. They thrive in any light condition which makes them perfect for offices and bathrooms. The ZZ is virtually indestructible!
Monstera, Philodendron and Pothos
Although they are not the same plant, each of these are in the same plant family called Araceae and their requirements are very similar. All three do best in bright indirect light but, will tolerate lower light conditions. They only need water when the top 50-75% of the soil is dry. Being tropical plants, all require temperatures that drop no lower than 60 degrees. All of these varieties are a perfect choice for a bright room in your home.
Dracaenas are not only easy care but, they offer a splash of drama with their unique colors and variegated leaves. They prefer medium to low light and only need water when the soil is completely dry which makes it the perfect first plant for parents who might spend time away from home.
So, there you have it! Our top choices for the first-time plant owner. We hope these inspire you to stop into the garden center and check out all the possibilities. Whether you are choosing a new plant or need advice on caring for an existing plant, we are here to offer guidance and support. Now let’s get growing!