3 Best Houseplants for Beginners 2022 - Gold Leaf Botanicals

3 Best Houseplants for Beginners in 2022

Welcome to the fun world of plants! House plants give a lavish look to any room and give the space a sense of life and freshness. Along with purifying the air, a plant can give a sense of calm and positivity in your home.

We have made a list of the best houseplants for beginners. It will help you choose which plant is right for you and your space.

Which plants are easy for beginners?

For beginners we recommend house plants that do not have a high price tag, have simple light requirements, and plants that are easier to recover from over-watering. Low maintenance plants always come to mind.

1. Snake Plants

Snake plants are quite simple to grow. Part of the sansevieria family, a snake plant requires very little water. Watering a snake plant is as simple as: remove it from the pot, add water until it runs out the bottom, let it drain for 5 minutes, and put it back in the pot. Once a month is plenty, and in the winter you can do it even less. It is best to let them dry out completely before watering.

Low light is where a snake plant shines. If you have a darker corner, or a hallway that does not get much light, a snake plant will be right at home. Indirect light is all they need. Since their light requirements are so little, you will notice that it takes a long time to grow.

Here are some of our best snake plants.

Best Plant For Beginners - Sansevieria Mothers Tongue
Sansevieria Mothers Tongue
Best Plant For Beginners - Sansevieria Silver Nymph
Sansevieria "Silver Nymph"
Best Plant For Beginners - Sansevieria Moonshine
Sansevieria Moonshine

2. Philodendrons

Philodendron's name comes from the Greek words philo, meaning "love", and dendron, meaning "tree". These lovable plants are low maintenance and is one of the best house plants for beginners. Philodendrons are commonly hung up, but they are vining plants, so when placed next to something like a moss pole it can grab on and climb.

Philodendron's need watering once a week at the most, but most beginners tend to overwater them. When you first get your plant, remove it from the pot and add water until it drains out the bottom, letting it sit for 5 minutes before returning it to the pot. Feel the weight and remember it. Lift it each day to feel the decrease in weight. One day it will feel exceptionally light, as if the soil is bone dry. That is when you should water it again. Every 7 to 10 days is average.

A philodendron is happy in low light areas out of the sun. They can be placed on corner tables, hung from a rod, or in a room with smaller windows. They will grow faster in brighter rooms, but a dorm, office, or basement with a window will do.

Here are some of our best philodendrons

Best Plant For Beginners - Neon Heart Leaf
Neon Heart Leaf
Best Plant For Beginners - Philodendron Brasil
Philodendron Brasil
Best Plant For Beginners - Philodendron Birkin
Philodendron Birkin

3. Peperomia

A peperomia plant is tolerant and very forgiving, so it is one of the best plants for beginners. It can withstand a decent amount of neglect and keep growing. If you want a low maintenance plant that fits on a shelf, table, or desk, this is the one.

Peperomia come in over 1000 varieties and come with thicker waxy drought-tolerant leaves, and only need water every 1 to 2 weeks. Be sure that the soil has dried out completely before the next watering. Pick up your plant and it should feel like there is no extra weight to it – that is the best time to water. Like most houseplants they are tropical and prefer that the soil be drier that wet because that is what they are used to.

Light is no issue at all. I the room has a window; the room can house a peperomia. Low, medium, and bright indirect light are fine, so an office, a dorm, or a shelf will make a nice home.

Here are some of our best peperomia's

Best Plant For Beginners - Peperomia Obtusifolia
Peperomia Obtusifolia
Best Plant For Beginners - Peperomia Hope
Peperomia Hope
Best Plant For Beginners - Watermelon Peperomia
Watermelon Peperomia

Tips for a Beginner Plant Owner

Tropical plants are used to the soil being dry. If a plant in your home has died, overwatering is likely the cause. Most plants like to be completely dry before getting more water.

  • Turn your plant. Plants will lean towards their light source. Once a week, turn your plant 90-degrees so all leaves get exposed to sun over time.
  • Remove dead leaves. Plants will shed a leaf here and there. If a leaf turns yellow, rip it off. Plants are eaten by wild animals all the time. Tearing a leaf off is not a big deal.
  • Keep the temperature stable. Please do not put a tropical plant next to the front door of your winter home. The constant rush of cold air will shock the plant and stress it.
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