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Beginner Plants- 20 Easiest Plants to Keep-Alive

If you are a beginner or first-time plant owner, it can be quite confusing to know exactly what you need to do, including which houseplants need a lot of sunlight and which ones need a little.

What about watering the plants? You can kill some plants if you don’t allow the soil to dry out completely between watering. The same goes for fertilizing. Growing easy plants will help you develop a green thumb and nourish plants successfully in the home. Here follows the list of 20+ easiest plants anyone can grow.

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Jade Plants

Crassula ovata is one of the best house plants for beginners otherwise known as Money Tree plants due to its association with wealth and prosperity in Asian cultures. It is almost indestructible, soldiering on through rough patches of neglect which other plants cannot take.

They need to be watered just enough to prevent the leaves from shriveling in winter. Repot every 2 years in spring.

How to Grow Jade Plant
Jade plant

Prayer Plants

Prayer Plants have outstanding foliar variegation, including red, pink, and green markings. The common name derives from the fact that prayer plant leaves look like praying hands in the dark.

It makes an ideal windowsill or hanging basket plant. Provide high humidity, indirect light next to an east window, and water when the surface feels dry.

Prayer Plant
Prayer Plant

Snake Plant

Snake plants are succulents with rosettes of stiff foliage that vary in sizes and colors, which makes them highly sculptural. They emit oxygen at night, so you get to breathe in healthy air.

Snake plant varieties are quite drought-tolerant and should be grown in a quick-draining, soilless mix. This obliging tropical plant tolerates every exposure, even low light.

How to Grow Snake Plant
Snake Plant

Wax Plants

Wax plants are vining plants that grow best in hanging baskets from where their succulent leaves and star-shaped, fragrant blooms can be fully admired.

They grow best in bright light, in soil-based, or ideally soilless mix. Still, some species can tolerate low light.

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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera plants have wonderful medicinal properties besides being pretty houseplants. Aloe vera plant requires little water, not a lot of sunlight, but well-drained porous soil. This makes aloe vera plants ideal houseplants for beginners, as long as you don’t overwater.

Related: Indoor Plant Care for Beginners

aloe vera

Boston Fern

Ferns are humidity-loving plants that can throw in lower light conditions, but ideally low indirect light. Mist the plants every few days. Keep the soil moist, but allow the excess water to drain out and the soil to dry. Too much sun will damage the plant’s leaves.

Related: Indoor Ferns

Boston Fern
Boston Fern

Peace Lily

Peace lily does well with indirect sunlight, so place it in a north-facing window. Water once a week, keeping the soil moist, not soggy. Mist the plant between waterings. Use well-drained pots with at least four drainage holes.

peace lily
Peace Lily

Philodendron

Philodenron plants as indoor plants enjoy a combination of indirect sunlight and a bit of direct light. They need plenty of water and ensure that the soil stays moist. Clean the leaves with a soft, damp cloth.

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Philodendron

Polka Dot Plant

This plant appreciates bright, sunny windows as bright light breeds colorful leaves. It needs a lot of water so keep it moist during the summer months. The soil should be loose and drain well. Add sphagnum moss to increase humidity around the plant.

Related: Polka Dot Plant Care

Polka Dot Plant
Polka Dot Plant

Spider Plants

Spider plants thrive in indirect light, with a good amount of water in the summer, less so in the winter months. Mist a few times a week. Pull shoots off and place them in water to pot a new plant easily. Once the roots start to grow, just put them in soil.

Spider Plant Propagation from Plantlets (Cuttings)
Spider Plant

Zebra Cactus

Being a succulent plant, Zebra Cactus requires very little water. It is happy if given plenty of indirect light, so keep it close to sunny windows. Plant it in loose soil that drains well.

zebra cactus
Zebra Plant

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos likes indirect lighting, never full sun, which will cause the leaves to burn. Keep the soil moist in the summer, cut back on the water in winter. Take cuttings to propagate the plant. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

Golden Pothos
Golden Pothos

Red Edged Dracaena

This plant is actually a tree in its native habitat that can grow as tall as 15 feet, but as a houseplant, it needs pruning. It requires little water, but should be dusted once in a while. It needs indirect light and good air. Mist three times a week.

Dracaena
Red Edged Dracaena

Weeping Fig

Weeping Fig is a lovely indoor tree that does best as a floor plant, in a somewhat sunny corner of a living room. Always use distilled, lukewarm water with this plant. Allow the soil to dry out before watering. Provide constant temperatures and good humidity. Mist or use a pebble tray.

Weeping fig (ficus benjamina)
Weeping Fig

Heartleaf Philodendron

Heartleaf Philodendron plants are slow growers. They prefer bright indirect light to partial shade, moist soil without waterlogging. Misting daily will do them good and so will elevated humidity. You can take a cutting and place it in water to take root.

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Heartleaf Philodendron

Peperomia

Peperomia is a compact plant that thrives in medium to low light, even under fluorescent lights. The potting mix needs to be kept moist. A humid environment is a must, so elevate humidity levels by placing the pot on a tray of pebbles.

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Peperomia

ZZ Plants

ZZ plant is a striking, upright low-maintenance plant, very easy to grow, and doesn’t mind being underwatered. It features bright green lance-shaped and glossy leaves.

Provide constant room temperatures, place it out of direct sunlight and wipe the leaves with a clean, damp cloth. Protect from cold drafts.

zz plant
ZZ Plants

Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant is a tough plant, ideal for beginners as it is almost foolproof. It can be tucked into a shady area where not all plants will thrive. There are both all-green species and some more exciting ones with splashes of cream, spots, or stripes that inject drama into many displays.

Provide light shade, low humidity, and temperatures of at least 7 degrees C to keep these house plants happy. Avoid direct sun.

Cast Iron Plant
Cast Iron Plant

Swiss Cheese Plant

Swiss Cheese Plant is a classic climbing plant that is admired for its glossy, heart-shaped leaves and easy care. It is often sold with the stems tied to a moss pole.

Provide filtered light to light shade, moderate humidity, and temperature of at least 18 degrees C.

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Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo is popularly used in feng shui, with its intriguing, twisted stems. It can grow in compost or water.

Provide bright to moderate indirect light, use distilled water or rainwater, and feed once in spring and once in summer.

Bamboo
Lucky Bamboo

Agave

Agave is a succulent plant that is often mixed with aloe plants. Agave is an easy-to-grow, beginner-friendly plant with pale green, fleshy leaves.

Agaves are ideal for sunny windowsills and the care requirements are the same as for aloe. Place it in a bright spot, water once a week, and use well-drained compost with grit or perlite.

agave
Agave

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle-Leaf Fig has large, slightly lobed leaves shaped like fiddles, hence the name. The leaves have pale veins and sprout from a sturdy tree-like trunk.

Provide filtered sun, low humidity, best soil, and temperatures above 15 degrees C.

Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)
Fiddle leaf fig

Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant is popular for its broad, dark green leaves that have a tree-like shape. It tolerates low-light conditions and low humidity, which is why it is an ideal beginner plant. Species with variegated leaves require more sunlight.

Provide light shade, low to moderate humidity, but be careful because its sap can cause mild irritations.

Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)

Final Word

Indoor gardening is easy with these beginner-friendly, low-maintenance houseplants. Most of them will be happy if given medium indirect light, fertile and well-draining potting soil, and can tolerate certain periods of time without watering. Pick the ones you like and enjoy greening up your house.