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5 Great Houseplants for Beginners

Houseplants are a wonderful addition to any home, adding life and beauty to any room they’re added to. Unfortunately, they’re not always easy to keep alive for beginners who are new to the houseplant scene. Nobody wants to buy an adorable little plant just to kill it within its first few days of existence in your home, so it’s best that you do your research before you pick up your new friend. Even better, make things easier for yourself by getting a plant that works far better for beginners, and this list will be going over what those plants are and what their basic needs are. Be sure to do more research afterwards! You can never be too safe.


Spider Plant

Spider plants are incredibly resilient and hard to kill, maintaining them is really easy. This makes them perfect plants for beginners. All they really need is soil (well-drained) as well as indirect bright sunlight, and before you know it, they’ll be thriving. It’s important not to water them too much as they may develop root-rot, but this shouldn’t happen as spider plants like to dry out sometimes between watering them. These plants also prefer cooler temperatures, so make sure to get your thermometer out to make sure these plants are getting the optimal temperatures to thrive- in this case, around 55 to 65 degrees.

Snake Plant

The snake plant is another great beginner plant, able to survive low light levels, drought, and can even be neglected for weeks and continue to look like it’s thriving (though we don’t recommend this, try to look after your plant babies!). All you need to do is place your plant friend in indirect sunlight and don’t water them too much. These plants actually do better when they’re left to dry between watering sessions. It’s actually confirmed NASA that these plants can keep the air in your home clean and remove toxins from the air. These plants have no downsides so they definitely deserve a place in your home!

Succulents

Succulents are a super popular plant type among all plant lovers, beginners and pros alike. They’re just incredibly cute little plants that are easy to care for and make any home livelier without taking up too much space. These plants don’t require too much water (but it’s still important!) and they love dry air. It’s important that they get lots of sunlight so make sure to put them on or near a windowsill so that they get the required light. There are so many different types of succulents so there’s one for everyone. Of course, different plants require different needs but overall, succulents are very easy to care for. These plants are also great because they have the chance of coming back from what is seemingly their death if some accident in their care should happen. This adds some extra leeway if you are new to plant up-keep.

Cacti

Cacti are a lot like succulents, and are sometimes called as such, and for good reason. Cacti are also incredibly easy to take care of and can survive in arid environments, while being simply adorable, albeit a little prickly. These plants come in all shapes and sizes, from small to grand. Since these plants come from the desert, they love lots of light, minimal moisture, high temperatures and good drainage. The best way to get these plants to thrive is to put them in environments closest to their natural habitat. It’s a misconception that these plants need barely any water, as they definitely do need it to truly thrive, but it’s nothing too crazy as these plants are known for storing moisture. In conclusion, these are wonderful little plants so long as you haven’t got a pet or a child to worry about pricking themselves. Don’t let their prickly rep fool you, they’re great plants.

Peace Lily

The peace lily is a good pick if you want a plant that had more flower to it than just leaves. This beautiful plant is adaptable and very easy to take care of. Funnily enough, peace lilies are actually lilies at all, despite looking like them. The white part of the plant resembles a surrendering flag, which gives this plant part of its name. These plants are great as floor plants due to them having the ability to grow to 3 feet tall! It is also researched by NASA that these plants are great for cleaning the air in your home. These plants are known for being able to survive in rooms that don’t even have windows, though it’s best to give them partial sunlight. Peace lilies don’t require much water, about once a week is good. These plants will droop a little when they need more water, which is a great indicator for those who aren’t always sure. Unfortunately, these plants aren’t perfect for everyone. Peace lilies are one of the most common poisonous plants to cats and dogs, so it’s best to stay away from them if you own these critters. This problem aside, peace lilies are gorgeous plants that are easy to maintain for beginners and we highly recommend them.

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