Plants for Beginners

We love our plants! They do so much for our home and for ourselves. Not to mention they look pretty, too. We weren’t always good plant ladies. Some of us struggled to keep basic house plants alive and the ones that were alive were barely hanging on. Thanks to the recent pandemic, being forced to stay home and slow down allowed us to learn a bit about our leafy friends and now we have so many plants we don’t know where to put them! Seriously. From being aesthetically pleasing to providing many health benefits, plants are something we truly need in our lives. To start out, we did our own research and thought it would be nice to share our most favorite plant resources!

 There are so many benefits of having house plants. These benefits include:

  1. Enhancing your mood
  2. Minimizing fatigue
  3. Boosting concentration and creativity
  4. Reducing stress and anxiety
  5. Boosting healing
  6. Reducing the occurrence of headaches
  7. Calming dry skin and easing respiratory ailments
  8. Absorbing toxins in the air and producing oxygen
  9. Reducing noise levels
  10. Increasing humidity in the air

 

It can be easy to get excited to adopt your first plant and bring it home right away but slow your roll. Not all plants are created equal in terms of their care. Be mindful where you place your plants in your home. While some can thrive on minimal sunlight, others need to be toasted in the sun to live. Always make sure to keep plants out of reach of children and animals as some can be poisonous if ingested. Other things to consider are pot size, soil type, and watering schedules. For beginners, we recommend these top 10 plants for their ease of care and bountiful benefits.

  1. Pothos vine- when taken care of, this vine can grow huge yellow and green leaves and spread throughout the house across shelves, mantels, and window sills. They require minimal care and can root in any soil (even a glass of water!) POISONOUS if ingested.
  2. Spider plant-these plants aren’t very picky about water or soil and when taken care of gift us their “babies” by growing plantlets from long stems that can be snipped off and repotted.
  3. Snake plant- they enjoy a lot of light and are pretty hardy. Remember that less is more when watering this plant! POISONOUS if ingested.
  4. Succulents- these plants come in many different varieties and thrive on neglect. Aloe being one of our favorites, they enjoy bright light, well draining pots, and little water. They are unique in appearance but are slow growing.
  5. Cacti- another plant that thrives on neglect and can withstand tons of abuse. These plants are rather interesting in appearance and don’t typically need too large of a pot (at least right away) due to its slow growth. Be careful of the prickly spines!
  6. Bamboo- these can survive is truly awful conditions. They don’t mind if you forget to water them or if there is too little light. These plants are believed to enhance the energy of a room. POISONOUS if consumed raw.
  7. Peace lily- these plants need low light but you must remember to keep the soil moist! When happy and healthy, they provide beautiful white blooms. They are also great at purifying the air. POISONOUS if ingested.
  8. English Ivy- another one of our favorites! This plant is truly beautiful as it cascades down sides of planters and grows rather quickly. Ivy does best in indirect light with moist soil. POISONOUS if ingested.
  9. ZZ plant- this plant enjoys low light and can survives days and even weeks without water! Be careful not to overwater and watch her beautiful stems stretch and arch. POISONOUS if ingested.
  10. Air plants- these plants require no soil and prefer low light. Mist the entire plant once per week and get creative when placing them in your home!

At the end of the day, we might kill a plant or two and that's ok. The best you can do is to learn from your mistakes and try again! Below are our best tips and tricks for when you are struggling with a stubborn (and unfortunately nonverbal) house plant!

  1. Yellowing leaves mean you are either over watering or under watering.
  2. It’s better to under water your plants than over water.
  3. Buy plant pots with drainage holes!
  4. Cut any dead stuff off your plant.
  5. Don’t move your plants around, house plants enjoy consistency and many even position their leaves for optimal sunlight. The slightest spin can throw them off.

Our best advice is to find a spot in your home before purchasing a plant. Live in an apartment with two windows? Find a plant that enjoys minimal sunlight. Work long hours or travel often? A hardy plant that requires minimal water would be best. House plants can do so much for us, we hope you can enjoy all of the benefits and wish you much success! Happy Planting!