I am no expert when it comes to plants — I’ve had my share of plants that didn’t make it and mostly it was because I loved them too much! Haha seriously, I pretty much watered them all to death. About 2-3 months ago, I decided I would try again and since then I have slowly grown my collection of house plants. They all seem to be doing well, so I thought I would recommend some plants that would be easy enough for beginners.
Succulents! — These have been on trend for a while now and you can see why! They are all so cute! The trick to these is to find a spot in your home that gets lots of light. And my mistake with my first ever succulents was watering them too much! Make sure that when you water them, you are able to drain the water out completely and I would water them every 7-10 days.
Monstera Deliciosa “Swiss Cheese Plant” – The leaves on this plant are so popular right now! And surprisingly this plant is very easy to grow. I bought this plant about 2 months ago and it’s pretty much tripled in size! I used to keep it in a spot with indirect sunlight and it was doing well, but I moved it over to a window that gets a lot of light throughout the day and it has grown sooooo much! Water this baby once a week and it’ll be a happy plant!
Aloe Plants – Not quite sure specifically what type of plant that is on the right, but it is probably the easiest of all the plants that I have. I have other aloe plants in my yard and I’d say these are the best to take care of. They don’t need much watering and they do well in low lit spots. This window only gets direct light in the early mornings and I’d say this plant has grown the fastest out of all of my house plants.
Cactus Plants – So many different ones to choose from! The one on the right was the plant that started my collection with 3 months ago. Since then its grown probably about an inch. I only water these when the soil is dry and I keep them near a window that get light throughout the day. Love these so much!!
Fiddle Leaf Fig – This one was a little bit tricky to figure out, but I wouldn’t say it’s hard to take care. I have moved mine 3 times to find the perfect spot for it. Find a good spot near a window and you should be good. I water this baby every 5-7 days with 1 cup of water and that’s it. And I clean it’s leaves every other week with a wet paper towel.. it does tend to collect dust. Since getting this one, it’s grown 2 new leaves and it’s just so satisfying to watch it grow. One of my favorites!
To be honest, I am not sure what plant this is and I am still trying to figure out the best way to take care of this one. I used to have it in my bedroom, but I think my room was way too bright for it. So I moved in into our office on a shelf. It get lots of indirect sunlight and it seems to be doing great. It’s grown a lot and I’ve already had to re-pot it. I find that it likes to be watered every 3-5 days. If I leave it alone for too long, the leaves tend to droop. Anyone know what kind of plant this is?
Pothos – I love watching this one grow! And I can’t wait until its leaves reach the bottom of this shelf. I water it once a week and I keep it right in front of this window. I used to have it on the top of a shelf on the other side of this room and it seemed to be doing well there too. This one is great for beginners.. I haven’t had any problems with it and it’s growing so fast!
Snake Plant – These were given to my by my mother-in-law and I love them! This spot doesn’t get much sunlight at all, only for a tiny bit in the mornings. And it’s growing babies! Such a simple plant to care for and only needs water every 2 weeks.
My tips for beginners:
1. Do your research first! Take a look at your home and see where you want to put some new plants. Is there enough light? It it too bright or too dark? Is it humid or dry? Get an idea of what types of plants will thrive in your home.
2. Do not over water your plants! The best tip you have ever take, if you are starting out. Make sure that there are holes in your pots so that the water can drain out completely. I would start off by watering your plants once a week and you should be able to tell if your plant needs to be watered more or less. Some of my plants need water twice a week, some once a week, some every other week.
3. Don’t give up — just because your plant is drooping or the leaves are turning brown and falling off doesn’t mean your plant won’t last. Sometimes it just needs more water or less watering. Sometimes it will come back to life in a different spot in your home. Just keep trying and it will feel so satisfying watching it come back to life and grow new leaves or even babies 🙂