6 Best Houseplants for Beginners

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Unless you've lived under a rock for the past few years, you'll have seen the rise in houseplants. Every year houseplants are becoming more popular and it's no surprise why, as they help to improve the look of an over all space, can contribute to boosts in your mood, help to reduce stress and can also increase activity with a whole host of other amazing benefits. 

With the rise in popularity, more and more people are looking for the perfect plants but may not know where to start and what plants would be best for their environment, so, let's take a look at 6 of the best houseplants for beginners. 

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Moth Orchid

A Moth Orchid plant, also known as Phalaenopsis, is one of my favourite house plants because not only is it a stunning plant to have on display, it's also fairly easy to take care of, I mean, it must be since even I can keep it alive without help from my gran (who is a master gardener by the way). 

The Moth Orchid blooms up to twice a year, sometimes for 4 months at a time meaning you could have bloomage for up to 8 months out of the year or if you're lucky you could have bloomage the full year round and it's low maintenance so there's not much you could do wrong here. These plants like to be potted in proprietary orchid compost which is available at most gardening centres or home improvement stores like B&Q so it's not hard to find, they also prefer to be planted in clear pots as their roots are attracted to light, plus this helps you when it comes to watering your plant to make sure that the compost is completely dry before you add any more water to your plant. As these orchids are drawn to the light, you should keep them in a well lit room but not directly in the sunlight to avoid burning and in the colder months like winter, make sure they are getting plenty of light, I find mines thrives on a west facing window. 

Birds eye view of a money plant

Money Tree Plant

If you are looking for a low maintenance plant but don't fancy an orchid, then a Money tree plant is a great go to as it's easy growing, doesn't require direct sunlight and is said to bring good luck and wealth with it. These plants can grow to around 6 feet and make lovely additions to the home with their beautiful green leaves. 

Money tree plants tend to do well in bathrooms because they like the humidity and steamy environments, I remember we had one in our old house (our current bathroom isn't big enough sadly) and we had it for years, it was thriving and the leaves were always a beautiful deep shade of green. This plant also likes a deep watering, but not too frequently. It's best to water it when the top 2 to 3 inches of soil are dry.  

Top tip from my gran: You can use a cotton ball to wipe down the leaves, she puts it under the tap and then squeezes out excess water then wipes but has stated you can also get oil to do this. 

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Peace Lily

Peace Lily's, much like the Moth Orchid, have flowers that bloom and are a beautiful feature within the home, it has rich green leaves and beautiful white flowers that make this an attractive plan for beginners. This plant enjoys a humid environment and likes moist, well drained potted soil but is sensitive to its environment. Fluctuating temperatures can affect it and it doesn't like to be over watered. 

As Peace Lilys thrive on a forrest floor, they enjoy dappled sun light and consistent moisture. So, when you are caring for your Peace Lily keep feeds consistent, keep your soil moist, don't over water, use water that doesn't have fluoride, filtered water seems to work best and keep them away from cold rooms or rooms with a draft as they enjoy the tropical environment. 

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Snake Plant 

Snake plants make for great beginners plants as the are low maintenance, easy to care for and can withstand a lot. With snake plants you will find that they like the light but are able to survive in low light if they have to, they are also a tough plant and are pretty hard to kill so this makes them one of the best for beginners. 

When caring for your snake plant, make sure that the compost is dry before you water them again, much like the Moth Orchid, they don't do well with over watering them and almost do better if you sort of forget about them, at least that's my experience. When watering try to avoid the leaves and go straight to the compost and if you can and choose a free draining soil mix, they do better in that kind of compost. 
Spider Plant

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Succulents

The succulent plants are great for people like myself who are terrible for forgetting to water their plants, for me a succulent has to be my favourite because they are extremely low maintenance, don't require much feeding and do well when left alone. 

When caring for a succulent it's best to make sure that they have well drained soil so that it doesn't stay moist and they need to be placed in a bright spot and can do well in direct sunlight if it's not a baby plant. It's also best to rotate your plant often so that it can absorb the sun from different angles and can end up leaning toward the sun so rotating can help keep it standing straight. Also, you should water the soil directly and make sure the soil is completely dry before watering. 

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Spider Plant

Spider plants are one of the easiest plants to keep, it's a great starter plant for those who are looking to try their hand at looking after house plants because they are extremely low maintenance and can grow their "offspring" on their own meaning you can gain other plants to display without going out and buying more. 

These plants tend to grow better in hanging plants as their leaves grow out and down, creating the spider leg effect that gives it, its name. You don't need direct sunlight for it either and it can preform well when on a shelf or on a table.  They are also adaptable to their environment meaning you can put them in almost any room and they will still grow, you just have to water them to keep the soil moist and if it's dry, it's time for a feed and they do need some light so keep them somewhere that isn't completely devoid of light. 

Top tip from my gran: When they start growing their offspring, it's best to cut them off and repot them so they will grow into a whole other plant you can display.

I absolutely love these 6 plants and have experience with each of them, which is why I chose them to feature because I feel like if I can keep one of these plants alive, then anyone can. Although I live with my gran and have picked up a few tips from her over the years, I like to see if I can nurture a plant for a year before I ask her advice, so I truly feel like you can't go wrong when taking care of your own house plant. 

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5 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing, I have had issues with houseplants over the years as they don't like the cold and have died due it been to cold or over watering or not watering at all, great tips :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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  2. Looking after plants is my newest and most fun hobby, I have a few cactus and some herbs which are great for cooking, going to be getting myself a snake plant next they look so cool! xoxo

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  3. Great recommendations! I got a succulent from IKEA awhile back and part of it managed to die, I have no idea why - I'm guessing I overwatered it for the first few weeks I had it. Love your ideas, will definitely look into more plants as I want to have more on my balcony 😊

    ✨ Marissa Belle × marsybun.com ✨

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  4. I had houseplants before, but since lockdown my collection has grown (no pun intended) drastically. Another easy one I would suggest is Aloe. A friend gave me one of hers about two years ago, and it just keeps growing. It doesn't seem to care if I over water it, underwater it, where it is and I tend to re-pot it in whatever potting mix I happen to have. I just doesn't seem to care what I do to it, and it's constantly making new babies for me!

    Em x

    www.emsworldblog.com

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  5. I've got spider plant, snake plant and peace lily in my room. Waiting for my peace lily to bloom!🙂

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