Flowers by Leslie - Portsmouth, NH

Flowers by Leslie - Portsmouth, NH

Posted by Flowers by Leslie on September 21, 2020 | Last Updated: September 22, 2020 Flowers

Perfect House Plants for New Plant Owners

What’s the best way to quickly spruce up your home? Add some beautiful green plants! Fresh, living, and beautiful, plants add a pop of color and bring intrigue and life to any room. If you’re not sure about how green your thumb is, don’t worry. We have specially curated a list of low-maintenance, easy-to-grow, and hard-to-kill plants just for beginners. Choose one or more plants from the selection below and being your life-long love of plants (it’s a side effect of having plants). Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the health benefits plants provide too.

Easy Houseplants for Beginners

Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)

Pothos is an attractive trailing vine plant with medium-sized leaves that are dark green or yellow and green variegated. They look best on top of a tall bookshelf or in a hanging planter. They are hard to kill and can tolerate nearly any type of growing environment. They can also hand infrequent waterings for those who sometimes forget to water their plants. For your pothos to thrive, place in indirect medium light and water once every one to two weeks.

Ponytail Palm

As the name suggests, this is a plant with long, thin, hair-like leaves that cascade down from the top resembling a pony tail. Not actually a palm but rather a succulent, this no-fuss plant requires very little care. It can tolerate a decent amount of neglect and prefers to be left alone which makes it a great plant for people who travel a lot. They thrive in bright light and only like water once their soil has completely dried out.

ZZ Plant

Another plant which is actually a succulent, the ZZ plant has dark green, oval leaves that have a waxy shine and grow in abundance from vertical stems giving the plant a lush look. The ZZ Plant is nearly indestructible and can survive adverse conditions such as low light and drought. They can be placed anywhere in the home and will do just fine but prefer bright to moderate indirect light. Let the solid completely dry out between waterings.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

The beautiful “Moth Orchid” is actually a very easy orchid variety to grow indoors. Their stunning, beautiful blooms can last up to four months and can bloom as often as twice a year. This is a pretty forgiving plant and can last up to 10 years. Place in a an area with low light, no full sun, and water once a week when in bloom. Once the bloom is off, you only need to water it every two weeks.

Peace Lily

Easy to grow indoors, the Peace Lily, is a lush, full plant with curving, rich green leaves. They will surprise you by blooming a beautiful white flower when you least expect it. Exoitc and elegant, the Peace Lily also filters toxins in the air. They enjoy moist soil and bright, indirect light. Keep pets and kids away though as this plant is toxic to them.

Aspidistra (Cast Iron Plant)

As its name implies, this is one tough plant. It can withstand neglect, low light, low humidity, and spotty watering. The large, pointed dark green leaves grow directly from the stem underground which gives this plant a very full and lush appearance. A slow-growing plant, it won’t outgrow its location for a while and can live up to 50 years. Best conditions for this plant to thrive are indirect moderate light and waterings once soil has dried out.

Wandering Jew Plant

A very attractive and colorful plant native to Mexico, this gorgeous plant is considered difficult to kill. Their leaves are a pretty purple and green with purple growth being more new than the green growth. Keep in bright, indirect light or the colorful leaves will fade. Mist frequently as it loves high humidity and keep the soil moist.