Best Plants for Beginners to Awake Your Green Thumb

If you have always admired the looks of some balconies or courtyards filled with gorgeous plants but have never got yourself to starting your garden (or owning just one pot) because you think that it is too difficult, this article is perfect for you because we will tell you about best plants for beginners.

Indoor plants have that reputation of being fussy and requiring constant care and adjustment of conditions, so, normally, you are a bit anxious to delve into this.

We have created a list of the best houseplants for beginners – plants that will cause you joy instead of frustration.

Stick around and take a look!

Choosing Best Plants for Beginner

Some plants can be killed by overwatering, and some tend to die if you do not water.

Ones like shade and others like bright light.

Depending on the conditions your house has you should educate yourself on houseplants for beginners and get the plant that will thrive in the conditions you can provide and the amount of care you are ready and able to give.

The plants on this list are plants for beginners regardless of the conditions they need – the criteria we used are that they are easy to care for.

7 Best Plants for Beginners

1. Air plants

Air plant

If you think that soil will be the trickiest to adjust to a particular plant then Air plants are for you.

Air plants are great plants for dummies because they require very little care once you place them in a good location.

Air plants like well-ventilated yet quite humid environments which is why a bathroom with a window and a lot of bright indirect light is where air plants will thrive with minimal effort.

You can place them in any room as long as they are not exposed to direct sunlight.

As for watering, you will need to soak your air plant every one to two weeks in room temperature tap water (or rainwater) for 10 minutes, leave the plant to dry (about 2-3 hours) otherwise it may rot, and put it back in its place.

Owning an air plant will make your home look like you are an expert on gardening since air plants are very unusual growing in their glass bulbs or on branches or rocks.

2. Succulents

Succulent plant in a pot

Another genus of best indoor plants for beginners is succulents.

They come in many varieties regarding the shape of their foliage, some of them even produce striking flowers (e.g. Flaming Katy which can flower for months at a time).

The Jade plant is one of the most popular succulent plants, along with the zebra plant.

Succulents, in general, love bright light and tend to grow upward when they do not get enough.

Succulents are very sturdy despite their delicate looks and can endure and even thrive in all kinds of conditions.

To illustrate this, you can keep succulents on your balcony even during winter and it will stay alive and look good all the way.

Water infrequently yet thoroughly and provide a well-draining soil.

3. Cacti


Cacti make for the best plants for beginners since they are perfect for those of you who tend to forget that you have a plant in the house and that you should water it.

Many beginner gardeners say “I even managed to kill a cactus” and this speaks in favor of their indestructibility.

The fact is, you can kill a cactus if you overwater it.

So place your cactus in a bright space with a lot of sunlight (direct sunlight is ok) and water occasionally.

Cacti can be a charming little addition to your home, and when they flower – it is a sight to behold.

4. False shamrock

False shamrock

Among houseplants for dummies is the false shamrock.

Its purple, clover-shaped foliage will bring a pop of color to your home.

During the night, the leaves close.

It is a small, delicate plant that does not grow taller than six inches.

Place it near a window with enough indirect sunlight and water when the top 2 inches are dry.

As a bonus, this plant is not toxic so if you have pets it is safe to chew on it.

5. Pothos


Pothos is a universal easy-to-care-for plant, and it is perfect for beginners since it can withstand a number of conditions: bright light, no light, soil, no soil (you can keep it in water only), humid or non-humid environments.

It is a vine and looks very interesting in any room.

As long as you keep it away from the direct sunlight and water when the top two inches of soil are dry (check with your finger) it will be ok.

6. Lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo is one of the best plants for beginners since all you need to take care of is that it has enough clean water in its container.

It should be fairly easy to monitor the water level because lucky bamboo is usually placed in glass containers of all shapes (depending on the arrangement of the plant).

When it comes to light, it likes indirect bright light but it will do very well in a darker environment such as a corner of your room.

Lucky bamboo is very modern and slick-looking.

It is said to bring luck (hence the name) and prosperity to a home that has it, so if you get it as a present just give it what little it needs and enjoy.

7. Hindu rope plant

Hindu rope plant

Hindu rope plant is one of the best indoor plants for beginners because it is very easy to care for and because of its appearance.

It requires bright direct light and light watering when the top two inches are dry.

It doesn’t matter if you forget to water it, it will remain happy even if you let some time pass between watering.

Also, you do not have to worry about repotting as it doesn’t mind becoming pot-bound.

It is a slow-growing vine and you can let it dangle or shape it into a wreath.

It has waxy, thick deep green foliage, but the most exciting about this plant are the flowers.

They have a soft scent that you will feel in the room, not just when you get close.

The flowers are light pink, star-shaped, and in clusters.

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