Indoor plants

The best houseplants for beginners

It’s amazing how much a few plants can decorate in a house or apartment. But if you are the type of person who is capable of killing even a fake plant, it is highly recommended that you do not buy difficult-to-care plants.

Everyone knows someone who has a ‘green hand’, who seems to be able to get their plants right just by being around them, talking to them or even putting on some music. If you want to try your luck with your »green hands», below I show you the best indoor plants for beginners like you.

Selection of the best indoor plants

Pachira

The Pachira, also known as the money tree, is a traditional symbol of good fortune and good luck. Legends say that a farmer prospered after learning to braid the young trunks of this green plant. And we can see why: its unusual trunk gives this tree a unique appeal. Usually each stem has between five and six leaves, but it is considered good luck to discover one that has seven. Think of it as if you want to find a four leaf clover.

This beautiful tree is very easy to care for for those novices who are also looking for a little luck and extra prosperity.

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Croton

Image – Flickr/ Carl Lewis

This shrub is able to survive in extremely low light levels. It is very beautiful. The leaves have the colors of gold, pink and orange tones. In addition to keeping the substrate somewhat damp, it will be enough to wash the leaves with distilled or rain water to keep it looking good.

The only downside is that this plant is poisonous. Therefore, make sure that children and pets are kept away to prevent them from ingesting them.

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Epipremnum aureum

If you’re looking for a plant with heart-shaped leaves that is well suited to low-light areas, perhaps it’s time to buy an Epipremnum aurem, better known by its common name: poto.

This tough plant is often grown with its stems hanging over the edge of shelves or in small pots that add a hopeful touch to the room where it is located. You can even cut a stem and place it in a glass of water to get a new specimen.

Headband

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These plants used to be scattered throughout our grandmother’s house when we were little. Tapes have been cultivated for years, and… they are so popular today! Their scientific name is Chlorophytum comosum, and they develop green or variegated lanceolate leaves. They tend to produce runners, which can be separated and planted in individual pots.

Also, they easily root in water, and are practically invincible. They only need some light, and moderate watering.

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Spathiphyllum

These small plants of Chinese origin are among the easiest indoor plants to grow and care for. They can tolerate a wide range of light conditions, and only need moderate watering, so they generally last for years.

And do you know what the best part is? They are very resistant and also act as an air purifier for the interior of the home.

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Cissus rhombifolia

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If you are interested in hanging some baskets, the Cissus rhombifolia is a perfect addition to any room. The color and shape of its leaves make it a very decorative plant, so don’t hesitate to get one.

It is a small plant that will give you many satisfactions. You just have to place it in a bright room and remember to water it from time to time.

Succulents

Succulents and cacti are ideal plants for those who are far from having a “green hand. They are very adaptable, and can survive some weather conditions better than other plants.

They need to be located in a place where they can have direct sun all day. And although they resist drought well, they will grow better if during the summer they are watered once a week, and the rest of the year every fifteen days. You will find them in any garden store.

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Lucky bamboo

Does Feng Shui sound familiar to you? Not only are they popular plants that help balance the energies in your home, but they are also used to attract happiness, health, love, and abundance. Fortunately for you, it doesn’t take a lot of luck to see one of these wonders of nature grow. We have seen these plants grow in very inappropriate conditions (bad lighting and poor air quality), and with owners who forgot about it.

If you want to make sure this plant helps you get the love you deserve, keep your water fresh by changing it every week, and don’t forget to keep the water levels about an inch from the base of the reeds.

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Small indoor plants

If you don’t have much space, don’t worry. There are several indoor plants that do not grow very large, and are also suitable for beginners. We have already seen some of them (succulents for example), but there are others that I want to show you:

Anthurium

Belonging to the genus Anthurium, it is a perennial herbaceous plant that produces red or pink inflorescences practically all year round. Its leaves are green, somewhat leathery, very sensitive to direct light.

Despite this, it is very easy to care as long as it is watered with rainwater or lime-free and kept in a bright room, away from drafts.

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Ficus pumila

Image – Wikimedia/ Forest & Kim Starr

It is often thought that Ficus are all huge trees, but the truth is that there are exceptions, such as Ficus pumila. This houseplant has green leaves, which sprout from hanging stems, and can therefore be grown in pots throughout its life.

Of course, it is important that it is in a bright room, near a window for example, and that it be watered about twice a week.

Fern Nephrolepis

Of all the ferns found in nurseries, there are none quite like the Nephrolepis. Its green fronds (leaves) can grow upright or, more usually, fall, which is why they can be kept in hanging pots.

Put it in a bright room but without direct sun, and water it from time to time. If you want, you can even take it out to the garden or to the balcony during the spring, always avoiding exposure to the star king because otherwise it would burn quickly.

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Tillandsia

This is a type of bromeliad whose leaves, colors and size vary greatly depending on the species: they can be greenish, greyish, bicolor or variegated, more or less fleshy, with few roots ( Tillandsia aeranthos ) or with many.

In any case, they are all taken care of the same: light but not direct, and more or less followed waterings in spring-summer and somewhat spaced the rest of the year.

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African violet

It is a precious houseplant belonging to the genus Saintpaulia. Its leaves are fleshy, dark green on the upper side and purple on the underside, although without a doubt what attract the most attention are its small, but very beautifully colored flowers.

Of all the ones on this list, the African violet is perhaps the most delicate. It needs light but not direct, and very controlled watering since it fears waterlogging.

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