Top Five Houseplants For Beginners

By Melissa Brown, Reporter

With Spring right around the corner, houseplants are a great way to incorporate greenery into your life, even if you don’t have the space or time to care for an entire garden. There are so many different varieties that everyone can find one that suits them, but sometimes it can be daunting to choose a plant. Here are five easy to care for plants for people who want to start keeping houseplants but don’t know where to start.

Succulents

Succulents are probably the easiest plant to care for. They require little watering and will be fine if you just mist them daily. They’re small enough to sit on a windowsill, so they are perfect if you want to include some greenery in your house but don’t have a lot of space. There are many varieties, including jade plants, aloe vera, and cacti, so it’s easy to find one that you like.

Spider Plants

Only a little more work to care for then succulents, Spider Plants have long green leaves with edges. It is a hard to kill plant, and can be grown both indoors and outdoors, as long as they are kept out of direct sunlight. If kept indoors, they reduce pollutants, refreshing the air. They do require more watering than succulents and should be watered once a week.

Pothos

Like Spider Plants, Pothos reduce indoor pollutants. They are a very adaptable plant that have vines with large, heart-shaped leaves. Pothos plants usually require only weekly watering and do not require direct sunlight. They can survive in fluorescent lighting, making them ideal for someone who doesn’t have many windows in their house. However, they are toxic if eaten, so keep them out of reach of pets.

Pilea

Not as resilient as Succulents and Spider Plants, Pilea are a small plant with large, rubbery leaves. Unlike the Pothos, Pileas are non-toxic and safe around pets. They require indirect sunlight and weekly watering but need to be able to drain so that the roots don’t rot.

Sword Fern

Sword Ferns are large bushy plants that do best kept in a hanging basket. While they look quite breathtaking, they require much more maintenance than other houseplants on this list. Sword Ferns grow quickly and can easily become too large for their pots and will need to be transplanted. They also require frequent watering so that the soil doesn’t dry out and the plant dies.

Coming in various shapes and sizes, houseplants are beautiful ways to include nature in your house. No matter how much time or space you have, there is a houseplant for you that can spruce up your living space.