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6 Beginner-Friendly Plants to Start Your Collection

dimitri • May 09, 2022 • 3 min read

First-time plant parents can enjoy learning about plants stress-free with these easygoing varieties.

Want to get in the plant game but not sure where to start? It can be intimidating to bring home your first plant babe without having any experience, but fear not: there are plenty of beginner-friendly plants to choose from.

If you’re a first-time plant parent, the easiest plants to care for are going to be the hardiest. Look for varieties that do well in most kinds of light, are either drought tolerant or don’t mind being damp (depending on whether you want to dote on it often, or if you’re the set-it-and-forget-it type), and don’t need a ton of pruning or primping. Here are some options that should suit any beginner.

  1. Peperomia obtusifolia

    Whether you choose a green or variegated variety, these “baby rubber trees” are known for their laid-back ways. They prefer bright, indirect light, but can survive in lower light as well. Because they’re part of the succulent family, they don’t need to be watered frequently.

  1. Pothos

    Golden pothos, cebu blue, marble queen — you could cover a whole room in these vining beauties and never use the same kind twice. They’re also infamous for their easy care. It’ll even tell you when it’s thirsty by starting to look a little limp and wilted. What more could a new plant parent ask for?

  1. Sansevieria

    These guys, also known as snake plants, basically thrive on neglect. They can grow in light or shade, don’t require much water or fertilizer, and actually like being a little root bound (meaning you don’t have to size up its pot). They come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and colors, so you have plenty of aesthetic options in this plant type alone.

  1. ZZ plants

    ZZ plants are known for their ability to survive in dark rooms or bright, indirect light, so you can stick one just about anywhere in your home. They have bulbs that grow underneath the soil where they store water, so they also don’t need a drink too terribly often. Just check with a finger and water when the top few inches of soil are fully dry.

  1. Philodendron brasil

    This philodendron variety isn’t picky about the light it gets, its watering schedule, or the humidity of its air. You can grow it as a vining plant or give it a trellis to climb up. Just water as needed and dust the leaves off from time to time.

  1. Ponytail palm

    If you would rather water your plant once a month and let it do the rest, you need a ponytail palm. These adorable, whimsical little trees store water in their trunks to use as needed. They’re great for beginners or those who travel often.

It takes a village

Just like any first-time parent will tell you, parenting (regardless of who or what you’re taking care of) works better when you have a support system. Doing the research and choosing varieties that won’t overwhelm you are great ways to start building your plant family with beginner-friendly plants. You should also take advantage of your resources, i.e. your friends and family who already have one or two plant babes of their own. Ask for tips and advice, and soon you’ll find yourself on the way to building the plant sanctuary of your dreams.

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