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Best House Plants for Beginners

A guide for the novice and a refresher for the intermediate, this post on the best house plants for beginners will have your house looking like a Pinterest jungle. Bring the earthy, natural aura into your space with beautiful plants to make you smile and even improve your air quality!

Photo by Huy Phan from Pexels

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While I have a popular post on how plants help with mental health, I wanted to delve deeper into which types of indoor plants are best for beginners. I’ve had my fair share of beginner plants, learning about the testy ones and the forever ones, killing what’s supposed to be the easiest ones, and forcing myself not to buy too many at once.

Nevertheless, my experiences and knowledge are here to assist your first steps at being a plant parent with easy indoor plants to grow.

Best House Plants for Beginners

Here are 7 great houseplants for beginners to get you or someone you know started!

Aloe Vera

aloe vera succulent

One that will last you a while, aloe vera has thick, juicy “branches” or offsets that can be used for health purposes. I’m sure you’ve seen hand soap “with aloe for a soothing feel”, or even eye patches with aloe for depuffing (check out eco-friendly makeup brands for more on your skincare routine).

Light: bright indirect

Water: 1x/week

Toxic to pets? Yes


pothos plant best house plants for beginners
Epipremnum aureum

Try a golden or velvet pothos houseplant; they are beautiful in hanging pots or on bookshelves and do well in most conditions.

Light: bright indirect (can tolerate lower light)

Water: every 3 days (when the top 2 inches of soil is dry)

Toxic to pets? Yes


best house plants for beginners includes this snake plant
Photo by Cup of Couple from Pexels sansevieria trifasciata

Sword-like leaves and slightly twisted edges showcase one of the best houseplants for beginners: the snake plant. When you group a large amount of them together, they purify the air and create a bold statement in the corner of a room or your office desk.

Light: partial shade to full sun

Water: 1x/week

Toxic to pets? Yes


spider plant
Photo by Tara Winstead from Pexelschlorophytum comosum

The type of spider you’ll want to have in your home, this indoor plant can be great for hanging, sitting on a patio edge, or being the exact texture/color you needed to brighten up the room.

Light: bright indirect to full sun

Water: 1x/week

Toxic to pets? No

Lucky Bamboo

best house plants for beginners is also this lucky bamboo plant
dracaena sanderiana

It brought me luck so maybe it will for you, too! This indoor plant species grows slowly but is rich green, adding serious color and freshness to the room.

Light: bright indirect

Water: 1x/week

Toxic to pets? Yes

Dracaena Lisa

dracaena lisa plant
dracaena fragrans

One of my dracaena lisas (also known as a corn plant) has gone to the place opposite of heaven and back…long story short this giant lisa was on the edge of death while I went on vacation but I am happy to say it’s fully revived! So in my experience, dracaenas are resistant fighters and one of the best, boldest plants to have for beginners.

Light: bright indirect

Water: 1x/week

Toxic to pets? Yes

Chinese Money Plant

pilea peperomiode plant
Photo by Kulbir from Pexelspilea peperomioides

Does it bring wealth? More like a rich feeling of beauty. This unique one is a spreading houseplant that symbolizes openness. It can be easy as long as you meet its needs but overall will be a satisfying indoor plant to watch flourish.

Light: partial shade to bright indirect

Water: 1x/week

Toxic to pets? No

Tips for Beginners

While it’s easy to buy the prettiest plant you see, it’s important to understand your new plant because it’s ALIVE! So it has needs.

  1. Check out this easy plant app it identifies, describes, and keeps “your garden” all in one place! I use it every time I’m out around new plants or to check on my own.
  2. Aim for the medium-large plants – they have already gone through their “puberty” stage and adjusted to their adult life which makes it easier on you.
  3. Bright, indirect light is best for almost all types of indoor plants – this means keeping it near a window that receives that light. Try to avoid South-facing windows in Summer because they carry too much heat for plants! *Quick tip: not sure if it’s getting light? Walk in front of the plant to block the light. If it gets darker then it’s getting light!
  4. Ask questions! – you’ll find plant people love to talk about plants…a real shocker but once you start a conversation, they will share all of their knowledge and that helps you out.
  5. It’s OK if they start to “die” – plants can almost always be saved! Remember that when you bring them home, they need time to acclimate to their new conditions so they might go through some scary-looking stages.

Where Do I Get A Plant?

  • Nurseries,
  • Apps like OfferUp and Letgo,
  • Local plant shops,
  • Ikea,
  • Home Depot,
  • Lowes,
  • Etsy shops.

These indoor plants should thrive in your home as long as there is enough light and you don’t forget to water! Having plants can be incredibly rewarding, especially when you start to see new growth because this means you’ve been on the right track to bettering yourself and the environment. Enjoy the best house plants for beginners!

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Writer and nature lover, I'm a curious gal wanting to share what I've learned in personal and environmental growth. What have I realized the most? Small steps make big impacts!

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