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Easy Care Houseplants for Beginners

There are easiest houseplants that you can own without worrying too much of it if you’re wondering about your capability to take care of houseplants. There are times we hold back to our decisions of which plants can survive in low maintenance and poor sunlight. Forget about your discouragement about houseplants today! Let’s find out which houseplants are best for your home and easy to care.

The most important elements that houseplants need are soil, water, and sunlight. These elements can survive them in a long run and can help them grow or bloom. I listed  some of the houseplants that suitable for beginners and newbie plant parents out there. Just check out these houseplants that are hard to kill.

Monstera

Monstera is a genus of 45 species of flowering plants  and evergreen tropical vines/shrubs  which is native to tropical regions of the  Central Americas. Monsteras are famous for their natural leaf-holes, and has led to the rise of its nickname, Swiss Cheese Plant. Two different species of Monstera are cultivated as houseplants – Monstera deliciosa and Monstera adansonii.

Monstera Adansonii trailing down on its pot. Photo from https://unsplash.com/

Care:

Water Monstera moderately and evenly once a week or until the soil completely dry. Please avoid re-potting too often and you can prune the plant regularly by pinching off new growth. To keep the humidity, you can use humidifier and place it beside the plant. If you don’t have a humidifier, you can place the plant near at the water source environment like kitchen sink, bathroom, or in a place with many plants. Monstera can’t survive in direct sunlight. You can place it near at the window or in a shady light corner with a good amount of light from the window.

Philodendron

The Philodendron is a practically very easy houseplant to grow.  This plant is fit for indoor settings because it is able to filter gaseous toxins from the air. This is the best air purifying plant for your space. This plant is a vigorous grower that can trail up to 10 feet long. The philodendron family has variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Philodendron Micans, Philodendron Brasil, Heartleaf Philodendron, Philodendron Pink Princess, Moonlight, Prince of Orange, Philodendron Gloriosum, and the Lacy Tree Philodendron are some of the popular species of Philodrendron plants that suitable for your houseplant care journey.

You can build an indoor jungle by this beautiful Tree Philodendron. Photo from https://unsplash.com/

Care:

Philodendron thrives in medium to bright light. The basic care requirement is to protect them from direct sunlight. Philodendrons can grow in a potting mix that has excellent drainage and hold some moisture. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and potting soil is a perfect medium for Philodendron plants. Water Philodendron if the top soil is completely dry. Excessive water can also damage the roots due to waterlogged in soil.

Sansevieria

Sansevierias known for its stiff, upright, sword-like leaves and also an easy-care houseplants for beginners. The beauty of this plant is also one of the best options for modern interior designs. This plant can adapt in different range of growing conditions such as low light and indirect sunlight and low water maintenance. That’s why it is native to the arid deserts of Africa and also can survive in winter season. Black Gold, Futura Robusta, Futura Superba, Cylindrica, and the popular Sansevieria trifasciata or Snake Plant are some of the popular species of Sanseviera that suitable for your space.

The Snake Plant is the most popular houseplants for home decoration. Photo from https://unsplash.com/

Care:

Sansevierias can handle moderate to bright indirect sunlight, but they will do fine in low light and full direct sunlight as well. This plant does not need much water. Overwatering can cause the plant to rot. Keep leaves dry when water. Sansevierias can survive up to one week without water.

Epipremnum aureum

Epipremnum plant is one of the best houseplants for those who struggle to keep their plants alive, as it will survive in almost any condition and setting. This plants are evergreen perennial vines climbing with the aid of aerial roots (found on there nodes) on there stems. The Epipremnum Aureum or Pothos has multiple different names, which can make it difficult to identify by name alone. Devils Ivy is one of the common names for pothos because it will continue to grow and it is invasive even in conditions that houseplants cannot survive longer. Golden Pothos, Neon Pothos, Njoy, Jade Pothos, Marble Queen, and Satin Pothos are some of the popular species of Epipremnum Aureum that perfect to hang on windows. Start collecting pothos today and it’s easy to care too!

A hanging Jade Pothos is best for your living room. Photo from https://unsplash.com/

Care:

Water every 5 to 7 days depending on light and temperature. Keep the soil evenly moist all the time and avoid to make it soggy. This plant can survive in all-purpose potting mix.

Succulents

Succulents are drought resistant plants in which it has a water-storing tissues in its leaves, stem, or roots reason it become fleshy. This plant adapt living in dry environments and low rainfall places like deserts. Succulents have also the ability to thrive on limited water sources that equipped to survive in an ecosystem. Succulents also known as ornamental plants because of their unusual appearance and have the ability to thrive with minimal care, which is included as one of the easiest houseplants for beginners. The Jade Plant, Zebra Plant, Hens and Chicks, Burro’s Tail, and Aloe Vera are some of the popular species of Succulents that perfect to place anywhere in your house.

Start collecting Succulents now and you can see its beauty when you see them in a one place. Photo from https://unsplash.com/

Care: 

Succulents love to place in a direct sunlight. You need to place them for about six hours of sunlight exposure per day, but depending on the type of succulent plant. You need to gradually introduce them to a full sun exposure or in a space with direct sunlight. Succulents also need more energy when they’re in a period of growth. These plant species are thriving and drinking up much more water.

There are many options when it comes to choosing a houseplant for your home or personal space. The easiest way to maintain its health is to check its condition, but too much care can kill them too. For me the process of scheduling really helps and it is easier for you to track which plants need to water or place under the sun. My only suggestion is to keep your patience high because some plants might be too long to wait for its growth. The long wait is worth if you are fully committed for this hobby that every plantitos and plantitas can relate. Taking care of houseplants sometimes very challenging, but the most incredible experience in this journey is seeing them healthy and growing under your care. If you want to read more about the complete guide of taking care of houseplants, you can check on my previous blog about proper care of houseplants. Just click on this link.  Let me know your thoughts on the comment section.

Reference Links: 

www.bloomscape.com/product/sansevieria/

https://www.ourhouseplants.com/plants/pothos

https://www.gardenista.com/posts/gardening-101-philodendron-philodendrons-house-plant-care/

https://www.thesill.com/blogs/plants-101/how-to-care-for-monstera-monstera-deliciosa

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/how-to-care-for-succulents

 

Content Creator & Illustrator from Cebu, Philippines.

9 Comments

  • Armie Garde

    My mom’s not a beginner in house plant caring but I shared your blog with her because I know she’ll love it. 🙂 I’m caring for a turtle plant my sister gave me and you’re right, seeing it healthy and growing is an incredible experience. Also, one time, I put it outside to get some sunshine and when I realized I forgot about it, na-crazy ko slight kay na-worry basin gi-taban na sa mga birds. HAHA. Another wonderful article, Aldrin.

  • Marco Yambao

    Wow! These are all interesting tips! Of all the plants listed here kay I think I’ll get myself some succulents soon haha they are just so cute!! 😍😍💚

  • Pie

    wow nice. i tried to plant a couple of times but i just don’t have enough space, and drive to focus on it. nangamatay ra. so realized, planting here in Cebu is not really ideal for me. i have a garden at home in Mindanao mao nga when I see plants, i will miss home gyud. salute to all urban plantitos and plantitas!

  • Angel

    Thank you for this! I am sure my mom will be happy once she reads this and eventually get back at me coz I gave her plants for her to take care. Hahaha! I love succulents although the first one died years ago, I promised to myself that the next ones will definitely survive. They truly did with the help of my mom’s TLC. Thanks for this article! This is very helpful for beginners.

  • Philip Andrew D. Mayol

    Such much as I would love to also become a plantito, no Succulents ever survived my “un-green thumb”. And the house now is not conducive for planting especially the rooftop that is surrounded by ceramic tiles, firewall and a stainless water tank. It’s a sauna for them. But I have spent my childhood growing with exotic orchids at my parents’ house in General Santos. Then, I am proud to have been growing my own tawgi (mung bean sprouts) for my meals. Can we already consider that I am a plantito? I eat the plants I grow. 🙂

  • Fernan Salibongcogon

    This is so amazing! My mother loves all these plants and has fun of putting and moving her plants randomly anywhere in the house. At a certain day, I can find Sansevierias plant placed near a wide window. The next day, I can see Succulents. Watching her taking of her plants is really priceless. Will let her read this article especially that she’s helping our neighbors to take care of their plants too. She will definitely love this.

  • john

    Without this pandemic I will not be introduce to plants. I am currently studying now hydroponic but still have a lot of plants now in and out our house which is very useful and helpful.

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