Are you interested in getting started with indoor plants but aren’t sure where to start? There are so many easy-care houseplants available that anyone can grow successfully. Read on to learn about 7 easy plants to grow in any space.
There are countless cacti that any plant parent, from novice to expert, can successfully care for with minimal effort. This is largely due to the ability of cacti to store excess water, which isn’t possible for the average plant. Cacti have developed this ability in order to survive the harsh desert environments they are accustomed to. Their drought tolerance means you don’t have to stick to a strict watering schedule.
To ensure success with your cactus, choose a pot that includes at least one drainage hole. The most common downfall of indoor-grown cacti is a combination of insufficient light and overwatering. Most indoor cacti will only need to be watered on a biweekly basis in the spring and summer. In the winter, spread watering out to once every 4-6 weeks.
Sansevierias, or snake plants, are regarded by many plant parents as one of the best out there. They are easy-care indoor plants that offer you beauty and ask for almost nothing in return. Thanks to their semi-succulent leaves and water-storing rhizomes, snake plants don’t require frequent watering and are adaptable to many different living conditions. Plus, they fit into any space without taking up much room due to their narrow, upright growth habit.
If you have a snake plant, take extra care not to overwater it. These plants can go weeks between watering in a typical indoor environment, so they’re perfect for the forgetful plant keeper. If kept in direct sun or outdoors for the summer, they’ll appreciate being watered on a weekly basis.
Gracing Instagram feeds everywhere, the Monstera has become an iconic houseplant on everyone’s wishlist. Luckily, they’re also extremely easy to care for! Monsteras tend to thrive in most indoor environments, and can grow very large and beautiful, becoming a piece of art or focal point in a home.
Their soil can dry out about 75% of the way and they won’t make a dramatic statement if you water a few days late. For the fastest growth and largest leaves, place your monstera in bright, indirect light such as near an east or west facing window. We recommend a pair of dusting gloves to keep the show-stopping leaves shiny and clean.
The ZZ Plant is another easy-to-grow plant due to its adaptability to a wide range of indoor conditions. The ZZ plant easily tolerates low light and doesn’t need much water. In fact, the plant often goes dormant (while staying green) over the winter and should only be watered once every 4-6 weeks. During periods of active growth in the spring and summer, more frequent watering encourages growth, as does bright, indirect light and warm temperatures.
The ZZ plant can reach 2-3′ tall when fully mature. Its arching upright stems are actually individual leaves that sprout up directly from soil level. If you notice the leaflets are turning yellow, that’s an indication your plant could be overwatered, so check the soil moisture.
Not only does the Jade Plant symbolize luck and prosperity, it is also extremely easy to care for. The jade plant loves bright, direct sunlight but can also be happy in indirect sunlight. This adaptability makes it easy to keep this plant happy almost anywhere in your home. Jade plants are known to be very long-lived, taking on picturesque growth forms as they mature, and they don’t need much care to get to that point.
They feature succulent leaves and stems that act to store water, equating to less frequent watering for you. Indoor jade plants can often go 2-3 weeks between waterings. Ensure your jade plant’s pot has a drainage hole so that it can drain excess water.
The Spider Plant is an easy plant to care for because of how well it adapts to the home environment. Spider plants love bright, indirect light but can also tolerate medium light. They are an easy-going indoor plant that can adjust to all types of locations in the home. The brighter the sunlight and warmer the room, the more often they should get a drink.
Over time, spider plants produce “spiderettes” or baby spider plants off of stiff, arching stems. These spiderettes add extra whimsy and character to an already charming plant. They can be removed and grown on to become new plants, or can remain on the mother plant. Spider plants are non-toxic, so they are safe around kids and pets.
When we’re thinking about beginner plants, we have to mention Pothos. A beautiful and tough trailing plant, you can place pothos almost anywhere in your home. This is an amazingly adaptable plant that can take a lot of abuse and continue to look beautiful. It can maintain its shape and color even in a low-lit corner for a surprisingly long time. To encourage your pothos to thrive and grow, place it in a spot with medium or bright indirect light. The more light the pothos plant gets, the more water it should receive.
The trailing stems of pothos are also easily propagated. Just snip off a 4-6″ section, place the cut end in water, and wait for roots to develop! Our propagation starter kit has everything you’ll need.
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