7 Indoor Plants for the Newbie Plant Parent

Nothing quite brightens up any room better than a healthy houseplant. They freshen up the air, serve as indoor decorations, and are just plain adorable. However, some people who want to start growing indoor plants are worried about not having a green thumb and end up killing their plants instead.

 It’s all about finding the perfect plant that fits your skill and lifestyle. Fortunately, there are a lot of plant varieties that are hardy and low-maintenance, ideal for the beginner plantito or plantita. These plants can survive different conditions and only need minimal care, while instantly spicing up every corner of the room.

 Here are 7 of our favorite low-maintenance indoor plants that are easy to care for and hard not to love.

  1. Monstera Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

An easy favorite amongst plantitos and plantitas is the Monstera plant because of its odd and eye-catching appearance. This tropical plant’s large and dark green leaves are perforated and are punched through with holes, and thus it’s sometimes called the Swiss cheese plant. 

Monsteras are pretty easy to maintain once you get them all settled in. They prefer indirect sunlight and ample space, so place them in a strategic, statement-making location in the living room. You only need to water your Monstera every one to two weeks, waiting until the soil dries out before watering again.

Monsteras also grow very quickly during the warmer seasons, and you can spruce off a leaf with a node and share it with friends who may want to grow their own.   

  1. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The peace lily plant is a graceful and adaptable house plant that is known for its rich, bronze-green foliage and beautifully contrasting white blooms. Most peace lilies grow up to three feet tall with bold leaves, making them excellent floor plants.

This tropical plant loves the shade, so you can place your peace lily in spots that don’t get much sunlight. A great idea is putting a peace lily plant in the bedroom, because it produces oxygen at night, compared to most plants that do so during the day.

  1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants are exceptionally hardy plants that, as long as they’re in a bright yet shady location, have a high tolerance for neglect. Under good conditions, the trailing spider plant rewards the plant parent with long healthy leaves and several hanging plantlets. Mature plants will also bloom small, white flowers.

Spider plants are also known for being  strong air purifier, removing toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and xylene. These trailing plants are best placed on a high table or sill, or hanging suspended from the ceiling.

  1. Air Plant (Tillandsia)

What’s more low maintenance than a plant that doesn’t need any soil to grow? Air plants are small, unique growers that have minimal roots and instead derive their moisture from the air. Thus, they only need a light spritzing every other day or a soak in water once a week.

Air plants thrive in places with moderate light and open air. There are different vessels that you can use to house your air plants, such as minimalist plant holders or open glass terrariums.  

  1. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

You won’t be losing any ZZZs when you take care of a ZZ plant, as they are one of the hardiest houseplants available on the market. The ZZ plant survives in various environments, does not require a lot of light, and is highly drought resistant. Its sturdy leaves and thick rhizomes make for a curious, appealing appearance, and they are what allow the ZZ plant to handle dryer conditions.

In fact, the ZZ  plant only needs to be watered once or twice a month, perfect for the plantito or plantito that’s constantly out of the house.

  1. Haworthia
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Familiarly named as the zebra cactus, Haworthia is a small and attractive succulent to have inside the home. They are incredibly easy to maintain, as they prosper even in low light and with minimal watering.

Growing to a maximum of just eight inches, these dainty succulents are the perfect companion in a work desk or as an addition to your indoor cactus garden. The Haworthia’s spiking leaves with white stripes are dramatic and are sure to spruce up wherever spot you place them.

  1. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Universally considered as one of the easiest houseplants to grow, the Pothos plant can grow in various environments without demanding too much attention. This trailing plant starts out small, but its vines can significantly extend, carrying its characteristic heart-shaped leaves.

Pothos plants can thrive in both indirect bright and low light conditions, and they can be potted or hanged in dry soil or even in vases of water. Its other name, devil’s ivy, signifies Pothos staying alive even in the poorest conditions. For all the beginner plant enthusiasts out there, consider these 7 indoor plants that are hardy, low-maintenance, and difficult to kill, even for the most inexperienced plantitos and plantitas. There are so many more gorgeous houseplant types available, so don’t be afraid to explore and grow in your journey as a plant parent.