HousePlants for Newbies
So you’ve fallen head over heels in love with houseplants huh? Yeah I understand I’m hooked on them too I’m what you might call a plant mama! They have so many benefits to our overall health and wellness and they are absolutely gorgeous. Well if you’re new to the fabulous world of plants I have 5 houseplants that are perfect for newbies heck let’s keep it real these are perfect for everyone. Like seriously you can’t kill these unless you do it on purpose. Purposely killing plants would be weird, don’t be weird ☺
Let me introduce you to Sansevieria aka Snake Plant. Listen this is one of the most easy going and tolerant plants I have ever had the pleasure of caring for.
If you’ve always felt like you didn’t have time to care for a plant this one is perfect for you! It’s tough to underwater this super adaptable houseplant. Simply water your snake plant when the top inch of the soil dries. Do not allow him to sit in water! Always dump the water saucer once the pot has finished draining. This is a fairly slow growing plant so no pruning necessary! This beauty tolerates high, low, and medium light!
This plant doesn’t really require any fertilizer, however it will grow a little more when fertilized a couple of times during the Spring and Summer. Any fertilizer for houseplants will do. My favorite is Miracle Grow.
Just follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging and you’re good to go.
Tip: Do Not Overwater allow the top inch of the soil to dry in between waterings.
The next plant on my list is the Yucca. This beauty is actually from the Agave or Agavoideae family how cool is that!
This is one hardy plant! Not only is he beautiful (I call all of my plants he) he is easy to care for and considered one of the top air cleaning indoor plants.
Caution: I will tell you that even the flexible or soft-tipped spears/leaves of this plant can still be dangerous. The immature Yucca houseplant, has leaves with very sharp edges. They should be handled with care and caution. Best advice I can give is wear your gloves and be careful when dealing with any variety of this beautiful plant.
One of the Yucca’s greatest assets is the ability to handle a wide range of temperatures. As long as there is good air circulation, these plants can take temperatures in the 90s to a low in the upper 30s! Watering the Yucca is similar to our previous houseplant the Snake plant. Keep in mind this plant is native to dry desert areas of the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Less is more when it comes to watering.
Yucca does appreciate a warm sunny settings and relatively dry, well-draining soil. Rule of thumb, green thumb in this case 😃, in bright or high light areas, allow the top 1/4 or 1/3 of soil to dry out between watering. In low light areas let 3/4 of the soil to dry down between waterings. If you notice your plant has yellow, withered or dead growth, it is probably thirsty. Feed / fertilize in the Spring and Summer.
This next beauty has become one of the “it” plants of social media plant lovers. The Monstera Deliciosa aka Split-leaf philodendron aka Swiss Cheese Plant as well as the Philodendron (non-climbing)
I actually purchased mine from from this seller on Amazon sounds crazy but I couldn’t find one in my area so I figured why not. I am really pleased with the plant I received. Upon arrival he didn’t have any split leaves but check him out now!
The philodendron does best in bright light in summer and direct sun in winter. But can also thrive under florescent light however it’s leaves will not develop the perforations/splits when light is inadequate. It prefers warm room temperature and medium to high humidity. This beauty is fairly tolerant of a wide range of conditions once acclimated. They tend to be vigorous growers so be prepared for a big plant! Container grown plants will need frequent repotting to accommodate the root system as the plant grows. Water thoroughly and allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. A great tool to invest in to check the moisture level of your plants is this moisture meter
I learned about this from Joi Knows How To so check her out if you’re about this plant life!
Next up is a tried and true favorite of plant lovers. The Pothos Plant and there are a plethora of varieties to this beautiful plant!
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Pictured here the Jessenia Pothos no matter which variety of pothos you choose this is definitely a beginner friendly houseplant! Pathos does not require any special attention while it grows. It tolerates low light, medium, and high light areas. Thrives in low humidity and the occasional missed watering. Pathos does prefer moist but not wet soil. Water when the top inch or so of the soil is dry. Feed/fertilize twice a year if you desire.
This last plant is impossible to kill like seriously. I’m talking about The Tillandsias aka Air Plant. These plant come in many varieties. Pictured here is Xerographica Pup Air Plant
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These are epiphytes plants meaning they don’t require potting soil and require only minimal care. Tiny pores or on their leaves absorb water and nutrients from the air. Air plants have roots but these roots are used only for clinging not absorbing water and nutrients like earthbound plants.
Mist your loose air plants three to seven times a week. Dunk plants that are attached to wood or those with dense or very curly leaves that are hard to mist thoroughly. You can also dip the whole plant briefly into a pan of water or place under running faucet water. This can be done two to four times per week depending on the type of air plant.
Soaking in water can help revive dry plants. Submerge the plant for 1 to 3 hours. After watering, shake out the excess water and let plants dry face down don’t allow water sit inside the plant.
TIP: Use room temperature tap or rainwater, but never softened water because the salt in it can damage your plants.
Well that’ll do it those are my Top 5 Houseplants for newbies/beginners! Hope you’ve enjoyed and hopefully I was able to help sway you into becoming a plant parent. Be on the lookout for more Plant Care Posts coming soon!
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