Spring is here and there’s nothing like celebrating the season with a brand new plant. If you want to add a little greenery to your living space, there are tons of plants out there that are easy to care for. Even if you’ve never owned a plant or think you have a black thumb, there is still hope.
We know that deciding what to buy can be a little intimidating, especially if you are inexperienced. That’s why we reached out to plant experts for advice on the easiest plants to care for.
“Indoor plants are an easy way to add color, texture and dimension to a room,” says Erin Marino, director of branding at The Sill. Studies have also shown how houseplants can be beneficial for your overall health and reduce stress. “Checking into my houseplants is my form of weekly meditation,” says Marino. “It feels great to disconnect from a screen, be it my computer, phone, or TV – and reconnect with nature.”
If you’re looking to add a new plant or two, there are a few things to check out before you buy. Beginner indoor plants can survive with natural light from a window and infrequent watering, but you should make sure you find the right plant for your space. “Indoor plants are generally sized based on the diameter of their nursery pot,” says Marino. “A ‘4-inch snake plant’ is not a 4-inch snake plant, but a snake plant that comes in a 4-inch-wide grow pot.”
Summer Rayne Oakes, author of How to Make a Plant Love You and host of Plant One On Me YouTube channel, also emphasizes the importance of finding the perfect size plant. “If you only buy plants because they look good, the chances of survival are less,” she says. If you have pets, you should also check the ASPCA website to see if a particular plant is animal friendly.
Once you’ve figured out your spot, Oakes recommends starting with plants like Chinese Evergreen, ZZ Plant, Golden Pothos, Satin Pothos, or Philodendron as they don’t have intense lighting and irrigation systems.
Roy Paar and Milana Naumenko, founding partners of Water & Light, love snake plants, ZZ plants, pothos plants and rubber plants as starters. But just because they’re simple doesn’t mean they’re boring. “We are particularly interested in variations that are difficult to find or unique for some reason,” it says. “We have a Raben-ZZ plant in our collection that is completely black. Plants are amazing in their variations and the deeper you go into them, the more intrigued and addicted you become. ”
When you’re ready to make new leaf lovers and test your green thumb, check out our list of the easiest plants to care for.
ZZ facility ($ 48; thesill.com)
“I love the lush vertical growth of the ZZ plant, with its thick stems and waxy leaves,” says Marino. “It may not be a plant you normally think of as a succulent, but you will discover large potato-like rhizomes beneath the surface of your potting soil that – after developing in arid conditions in Africa – store water to help the plant grow Survive drought in its natural habitat. It works best for bright indirect to medium indirect light (but tolerates low light) that is watered once every three to four weeks on dry potting soil. ”
Silver satin ($ 40; thesill.com)
This low maintenance system requires medium to low indirect light and water every one to two weeks, perfect for your home office or living room.
Pothos Collection ($ 65; bloomscape.com)
“I can’t say enough good things about the pothos plant,” says Marino. “There’s a reason you see it almost everywhere, from shopping malls to doctor’s offices to your friend’s living room – it can handle just about any setting. This fast-growing trailing plant is best for bright indirect to medium indirect light (but tolerates low light), which is watered once every week or two if the potting soil is dry. ”
Silver pothos ($ 35; bloomscape.com)
This tiny, 7 to 12-inch pothos requires little to partial indirect light and helps purify the air by removing formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene.
Juicy assortment ($ 24; thesill.com)
“Succulents are great, easy-care plants when your space is brightly lit,” says Marino. “One of my favorite adaptations that will survive the drought is the rosette-shaped echeveria. Best in bright direct to bright indirect light, watered every three to four weeks when the potting soil is dry. ”
Sansevieria ($ 150; bloomscape.com)
This large snake plant is hardy and can handle low light and low water, but does best in indirect light that is watered every few weeks in dry soil.
Sansevieria Moonshine ($ 65; bloomscape.com)
The Sansevieria moonlight is a rare species of snake plant and features stunning blue-silver leaves. However, it is just as easy to care for as a normal snake plant because it requires little to bright indirect light and little water.
Mini Money Tree ($ 35; bloomscape.com)
Mini money tree
Simple and easy to care for, this animal-friendly plant purifies air polluted with synthetic chemicals commonly found in cleaning products.
Monstera ($ 150; bloomscape.com)
This stunning plant loves moisture and low to bright indirect light. It removes formaldehyde from the air and is 26 to 32 inches tall.
Peperomia Ginny ($ 35; bloomscape.com)
This foliage plant can survive in low light, but does best in bright, indirect light. It’s small, pretty, and even pet friendly, which makes it the perfect plant for any small space.
Bloomscape’s Tough Stuff Collection ($ 65; bloomscape.com)
Tough Stuff Collection from Bloomscape
These three tough plants are perfect for a beginning gardener. With a green Hoya, a Sansevieria and a ZZ plant, you are fully stocked with easy-care plants.
Hedgehog Aloe ($ 35; bloomscape.com)
When you have lots of sunlight this aloe plant is forgiving and beautiful. It doesn’t take much water and its juice can even be used to soothe burns and skin irritations.
Bloomscape’s Sonoran Cacti Collection ($ 65; bloomscape.com)
Bloomscape Sonora Cacti Collection
Cacti are also easy to care for if you have enough sunlight. You don’t need a lot of water and you can turn your room into your own little desert.
Hanging Maya Planter on a Swing ($ 85.50, originally $ 95; etsy.com)
Hanging planter Maya on a swing
Is there a cuter way to pot a plant? Yes, we didn’t think so either. Handcrafted from speckled stoneware clay slabs, it’s the perfect home for your new plant.
Gerson International 13-inch tall stoneware planter with wooden stand ($ 44.99; target.com)
Gerson International 13 inch tall stoneware planter with wooden stand
Place your plant on a pedestal with this cute planter with a wooden stand.
Burbank Lightweight Planter ($ 80; thesill.com)
Burbank Lightweight Planter
This lightweight planter from The Sill is handcrafted and measures 8 inches tall by 6.25 inches wide inside.
Ecopots Medium Hanging Pot ($ 35; bloomscape.com)
Ecopots medium hanging pot
For trailing and hanging plants, this pot is perfect for your little green friends. It also comes with a hook and is waterproof, UV-resistant and frost-resistant, so you can use it indoors and outdoors.
Textured ceramic planter ($ 8; target.com)
Textured ceramic planter
This ceramic planter has grooves and dots to give it a textured and stylish design.
Earthenware Geared Planter White ($ 8; target.com)
Earthenware gear planter white
Combine your little plant with this stoneware gearbox from Target.
Harmony Mini Planters ($ 18; etsy.com)
Harmony Mini Planters
This set of three tiny planters is made from materials like bamboo fiber, wheat husks, and coffee bean husks.
Plant Parent Essentials Kit ($ 85; bloomscape.com)
Plant Parent Essentials Kit
Including a hand trowel, secateurs, and an extra large pot and saucer, this kit gives you everything you need to give your new large plant the attention it needs.
4-inch ceramic stoneware planter ($ 8; target.com)
4 inch ceramic stoneware planter
This planter has a fun pattern to add a colorful pop to your newest plant.
Standing Plant Pot ($ 17.26; etsy.com)
Standing flower pot
Your plant will smile when you put it in this pot that is super adorable and just big enough to fit your new friend. Just be careful when you water or move around because this man’s legs are small and fragile.
Figure Plant Pot (starting at $ 14.39; etsy.com)
Figure plant pot
These little guys are a cute way to pot your plants. You are in different sitting and lounge positions.
Concrete Planter Gray (from $ 8; target.com)
Concrete planter gray
This simple planter is great for any plant and comes in sizes between 4 and 16 inches.
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