I never thought I would ever enjoy houseplants as much as I do now. Not only can they be beautiful with blooms and foliage, very easy to care for, and some can be excellent air purifiers for the home. A lot of the time people become apprehensive to buy a houseplant because they think they are hard to care for or have the fear of killing it. I will be honest, I was one of those people for the longest time, no way I was going to spend money on the plant, pot and soil for it to die in a matter a days or weeks.
After doing a little bit of research about houseplants I have become fairly confident in taking on an indoor plant. Its been over a year since I have started my houseplant collection and have had nothing but happiness, plus during the winter months, I can still do some “gardening”. There are so many plants that are easy to take care of, have minimum lighting requirements, some even have minimal watering needs but add such a warmth to the home. I thought I would share a few plants that I believe are great for first time houseplant buyers.
Before I start, here are a few guidelines I follow with houseplants:
- Place plants where temperatures don’t get lower than 50 degrees.
- DO NOT OVER WATER
- Make sure pots have drainage (also, put a saucer under pot if not glazed to prevent ruining a surface top)
- Use proper soil/ Fertilizer: Succulents/ Cacti = Succulent & Cactus Soil Mix/ Fertilizer African Violets = African Violet Soil Mix/ Fertilizer
ZZ Plant: The ZZ plant is one of my favorites! It is a tough plant that you can almost neglect and not kill. The green, glossy foliage makes for unique characteristic and adds a nice pop of color to a space. I use cactus/succulent mix for my ZZ plant and it seems to be happy. They like to dry out in between waterings but over watering can cause root root. Place in bright indirect light, but grows fine in low light, just avoid direct sunlight.
Jade: This was the first plant I bought to kick off my collection. The Jade plant is probably the easiest and most forgiving plant that I have dealt with. How I haven’t completely killed this thing is just amazing. From over watering, to forgetting that I even had one, it bounces back and looks great. Jade plants should be planted in a cactus/succulent potting mix, which has good drainage. They don’t like to be over watered but doesn’t like to dry out completely (if the top of the soil is dry to the touch, it is time to water). Jade plants are sun lovers so place in a spot that receives lots of sunlight!
Marble Queen Pothos: An inexpensive, fun trailing plant that is perfect for beginners. Great for any room in the home and very easy to take care of. Using all purpose organic potting mix is just fine to pot up a Pothos. I find that they like to somewhat dry out between waterings, so make sure you feel the soil first before each watering. Over watering can cause root rot but under watering can cause loss of foliage. Bright indirect light or in low light is fine for the Pothos!
Sansevieria: Often known as Mother In Law Tongue or Snake Plant, it makes for a unique plant with its strong vertical structure and variegations. Being such a fun looking plant, adding it into a home or work space really makes for a neat decor piece. Another great feature of the Sansaveria is that it is a great air purifier. Absorbing airborne toxins, including formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethylene. The snake plant should be planted in a good draining soil such as cactus/succulent potting mix. Watering when the soil becomes dry will be the key to making the plant thrive. Over watering will cause root rot and that could potentially kill the plant. Place in a spot with indirect but steady sunlight.
I hope this is a great stepping stone into collecting houseplants. It is so worth having plants within your home for the greenery and pleasure! Feel fee to connect with me about any questions or comments!
Be observant with how plants are acting: Example, if you think are over watering, look at the foliage and soil. If the soil is wet and the foliage is wilted, that’s a sign over over watering. Now if the soil is dry and the foliage is wilted, thats a sign of under watering.
Start off with ONE plant: I would suggest investing into one plant and see how well you tend to it. Don’t invest in a bunch of plants to become overwhelmed to let plants die and then feel hesitant to ever do it again.
Research & Asking Questions: If there are any questions about a plant variety, research it or ask the associates at the garden center, gardeners love to help other gardeners out with having success!