Top 5 houseplants for beginners

Environment Tamalika Basu
Houseplants display beside the house window. Green lush indoor plants. Photo : Dreamstime

Houseplants can light up your home. They can do more than just being pretty. They help to purify the air. They create a soothing atmosphere. Air plants are small indoor house plants that get most of their nutrition from the air and require very little water.

With Covid-19 restrictions are continued to keep us at home, some of us may be looking for a way to brighten up our space. Houseplants are one of the best ways to decorate any indoor space. They also build the feeling of being outdoors. That is why the demand for houseplants has increased in recent months.

Whether you live in a small apartment or a large home, there are houseplants that will fit. In fact, there are five common houseplants that can be kept anywhere.

So, are you ready to unleash the gardener in you? Let’s begin…

1. Devil’s Ivy, the omnipresent houseplant:


Devil`s ivy in a white modern flower pot. Photo : Dreamstime

From outdoor malls to dentist’s offices to your living room, this plant endures almost all environments. It grows quickly and thrives best in bright indirect light. But no problem if you keep it in low light, it will tolerate that too.

You need to water the plant every one or two weeks. The plant can grow up to eight feet if you don’t prune it. They are also typically pest-free, so they won’t infect other plants.

2. ZZ houseplant, or the Zamioculcas Zamiifolia:


Zamioculcas or Zanzibar gem, ZZ plant, Zuzu plant grown at the nursery. Photo : Dreamstime

This plant is low maintenance. It only needs medium and low indirect light and water every two weeks. Thus, it is the best indoor plants for beginners. This plant has wide dark green leaves and can be three feet tall. It is an easy-going plant and generally pest-free. But, it can cause irritation to pets and humans if the foliage consumed. So, keep it in a higher place.

3. String of pearls, the hanging houseplant:


Succulent string of pearls hanging in a pot. Photo : Dreamstime

These succulents are placed in a hanging planter, which leads to a cascade of tiny leaves. It needs bright sunlight, so best if you keep it near a window or on the balcony. It is very much sensitive to overwatering, so watering only once every two weeks will suffice.

When cared for correctly, the String of Pearls can even bloom small white flowers in the spring.

4. Anthurium:


Beautiful red flower, anthurium with nature background. Photo : Dreamstime

Looking for vibrant colours in your home? The beautiful houseplant ‘blooms’ indoors all over the year. It also has waxy pink leaves. Each bloom stays for eight weeks and needs water every two weeks. They thrive under indirect light.

5. Snake Plant, the ultimate air purifier:


Rustic wall with snake plant in pots. Photo : Dreamstime

If you don’t have an air purifier, fret not, just bring a snake plant home. This houseplant, with its long, multi-coloured fronds, can actually purify indoor air. It reduces toxins like formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. It needs a bit more light than other plants. But, you need to water it only once every two weeks.

So, here is your beginner’s guide. And if you are thinking about prices… most houseplants are relatively affordable. In fact, the price fluctuations among the indoor plants are within a small range. So what are you waiting for? Bring your own houseplants today!

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