Getting started as a plant owner can be challenging. Plants all have different needs, but people often find that out the hard way. It’s not uncommon for people to kill a few plants when first starting out. If you’re just starting to dip your toes into the world of plants, or if you’ve killed more plants than you care to admit, give these beginner plants a try.
Whether you like to overwater your plants or neglect them, there’s a plant for you. Your living situation may also determine which plants you can have. Some plants love loads of sun, while others prefer to avoid direct sunlight to avoid burning.
Beginner plants to get you started
Let me tell you the story of the first houseplant I ever got, a heartleaf philodendron. I lived like a vampire – the shades were always drawn in my already dark apartment. I watered my plant once or twice a month. And somehow, it turned into a beautiful vine that keeps on giving. I’ve cut pieces from my heartleaf philodendron to share with others countless times, and it still grows quickly. It tolerates low light and neglect quite well!
Snake plants are very easy to care for. While they enjoy bright indirect light, they tolerate lower light conditions quite well. These plants thrive on neglect. You’re better off underwatering snake plants than overwatering them. Make sure that your snake plant has proper drainage. The pot that your plant lives in should have built-in drainage, or you risk losing your plant to root rot.
If you like to give your plants extra love in the form of water, this plant is for you. It loves frequent waterings. It’s also tolerant of different light levels, as long as you avoid placing it in direct sunlight. Even when it’s not in bloom, the foliage makes this an appealing plant.
It’s hard to go wrong with a ZZ plant. It’s very drought tolerant and can handle low light conditions. This plant is known to be a slow grower so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t put out any new stalks for months at a time.
The aglaonema family of plants comes in a variety of different colours. The more variegated colourful types tend to prefer bright indirect light, while the greener types tolerate lower light well. Let these plants dry between waterings and odds are they won’t give you much of a hard time.
Many varieties of pothos are easy to care for. They don’t require fertilizing, and will do well if you forget to water them for weeks at a time. Simply avoid putting your pothos in direct sunlight to avoid sunburns. Pothos develop beautiful vines and do well in hanging planters.