Here Are 4 Outstanding Houseplants That Are Perfect for Beginners (2021)

If you want to start a lifelong love affair with indoor plants, start with easy-care, virtually indestructible houseplants that stay healthy even if you forget to water them. These are our four top recommendations for beginners.

Snake Plant

Mother-in-law’s tongue ( Sanseverria trifasciata ), also known as snake plant, grows in the US. Common names don’t precisely portray this plant in a positive light, but remember, they describe the way the houseplant looks, not its personality. A succulent with upright stalks that are flat and have pointed tips, it is an upright plant. An individual stalk can grow up to a yard or more over time, and a snake plant usually has six or more stems.There are few houseplants we’ve encountered that are as forgiving as the snake plant. The plant grows well in full sun or partial sun, but it can also be grown in very low lighting. Shady corners will slow the plant’s growth, but the plant will keep growing no matter what.Despite being religious about providing irrigation, you should wait until the soil around the plant has dried out significantly before providing too much water. Fertilizer? It’s not necessary. Plants such as this can be left to grow on their own.


This gorgeous gold pothos plant ( Epipremnum aureum ) is one of the best houseplants we’ve seen, and we highly recommend it to anyone, beginner or expert alike. As you go through ups and downs, marriage and divorce, cross-country moves and social media mishaps, it’s like having a best friend by your side. We have yet to see Pothos die, despite the fact that it may not be unkillable.

Poshos vines have large, heart-shaped leaves that are a bright shade of green, often variegated with yellow or pale green striations. A pothos vine can grow up to 30 feet long indoors, but it is easy to prune it to keep it shorter. Flexible and hardy, pothos grow well both in full sun and partial shade, as well as under fluorescent lights. The plants can go for weeks without water and don’t crave fertilizer either. Plants like pothos make excellent houseplants for beginners.

Spider Plants

Despite their appearance, spider plants ( Chlorophytum comosum ) are as easy to care for as pothos. Hanging baskets are ideal for spider plants because their foliage is long, grass-like and shaped like small leaves. Most varieties are solid green, but some have white stripes down the center of each leaf. At the ends of the long, arched stalks, many mature plants produce miniature spidies. As the babies hang there, they develop roots, and once they have done so, you can clip them off and plant them.

Spider plants are on our “beginner” list because they don’t have many hard-and-fast requirements. Despite their dislike for direct sun, they are fine with indirect sunlight, regardless of how bright, how moderate, or how low it is. It might be necessary to water them every week, every two weeks, or even every three weeks. The plants grow well in any potting soil and do not attract pests.

Aloe Vera

Beginners often neglect to water houseplants regularly, which is one of the most common mistakes they make. The aloe vera plant (Aloe vera) doesn’t have that problem.

You’ve probably heard of the trunkless succulent, whose toothed “fingers” are filled with gooey gel that soothes sunburns. Plants like aloe vera are undeniably resilient, and they are a lovely and useful houseplant. Aloe can only be killed by keeping it in moist soil, according to the gardening world. Make it a succulent plant, soak it deep when you think of it, and take it on vacation without a second thought. In the summer, it only requires a drink every two or three weeks, whereas in the winter, it requires much less frequent hydration.

Aloe needs bright indirect light, so find the perfect spot before you bring it home. Light from an artificial source and temperatures between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit will do just fine.

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