Indoor Plants – A Beginner’s Guide

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to use my green thumb. I missed last year’s gardening season due to my pregnancy with Rylie and this year we’re in a new home that doesn’t quite have the garden space, yet at least.

Zoie planting basil in our window herb box.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to bring all my love for green and planting, indoors. We even  made a small window basket with some of our favorite herbs. For tips on growing an indoor garden, check out my post here  Now to be honest, I’ve never been a good houseplant mom. For some reason there’s a disconnect and I very easily forget about my indoor plants. This time around I wanted to make sure I was intentional, and setting myself up for success.  So here’s my beginner’s guide to indoor plants for the newbie, the failed plant mom, the scaredy cat. If you want plants, you can have them! you just need to know what plants are best for you and your home, and how to best take care of them. 

Don’t worry this list is for the beginner, so if you forget to water or don’t have much natural light, I’ve got you covered. 

Basic  Tips

Before we get into plant recommendations, here are some basic tips that apply to caring for all indoor plants.

  1. Make sure that you have the proper growing conditions for the plants that you’re choosing. Just because a plant is low maintenance, doesn’t mean it will grow anywhere in your home. Try to pick good homes for your plant babies.

  1. Connect with your plants. Haven’t you heard of the science experiment where the plant that hears mozart every day flourished more than the one that didn’t? Same concept. I know we’re all newbies here and we just want them to live to see more than a few weeks. The best place to start is by giving your plant a name. 

  2. This may sound super simple, but make sure that your plant has drainage in the bottom of the pot. Many of the cute pots that may match your decor, may actually not be the best environments for your plants. But don’t worry, you can easily fix by either drilling a hole on the bottom. 

  1. Don’t forget to dust and wipe your plants down! Believe it or not, this attributes to their health.

  2. When/if you see browning on your plants, take heed! If it’s only small areas or pieces, trim them off immediately.  You don’t need to cut the entire leaf or discard of the entire plant! When you do cut, try to cut/trim the brown off in the natural shape of the plant.

  3. Let’s not even pretend like this isn’t part of caring for plants, PRAYER. All jokes aside, seriously going in with the mindset you’ll fail will only reap those results. So say a little prayer or whatever your into and change your attitude, say it with me, “my plants will grow”.

Now that we’ve got the general stuff down, here’s a few beginner friendly plants. When selecting for your space, don’t forget my first tip! If you find there’ a specific plant you want for aesthetic reasons but it’s growing environment doesn’t match your home, opt for a fake one.

7 Plants for Beginners 

  1. Snake Plant: This plant is super easy to maintain, When I started researching and asking other successful plant moms, this plant was the first one everyone recommended. I got mine the first weekend in our new home and he’s been quite the charmer. 

  2. Spider Plant: Also known as spider ivy or the airplane plant. They are among the easiest to grow because they don’t require specific conditions to thrive, just be sure to watch out for browning tips caused by high amounts of fluoride in your water. You can use filter.

My Money Tree, Goldie-Bucks

  1. Money Tree Plant: These plants aren’t just good luck,they’re so beautiful and appealing to the eye. I fell in love with mine at the nursery before I even realized it was a money tree.  They bring such positive energy to the room and are so easy to care for. They like to be dry and over watering can actually cause root rot. 

  2. Aloe Vera: Aloe makes the perfect indoor plant for the beginner since it is a succulent. You don’t need to babysit your aloe plant too much, just make sure it doesn’t get too much direct sunlight. 

  3. Fiddle Leaf Fig: These plants are easy to care for, but they are sensitive to change. They may not seem like they’re happy at first, but give them time and don’t move them. I love how tall and shiny these plants are. They’re one of my favorite aesthetically. 

My Corn Plant, Georgia

  1. Peace Lily: These plants are so beautiful and prefer lower light, making them easier to thrive in darker rooms or rooms without windows. They’re super beneficial for clearing the air in a room. Be careful though, these plants can be deadly to cats or dogs if ingested. 

  2. Corn Plant: I stumbled upon this cutie while at the nursery. It was so visually appealing, I couldn’t leave it alone. It reminded me of palm trees I hope to see one day when this quarantine is over, LOL. Anyways, I looked it up and was surprised at how easy caring for them was, they like low light!

These are just some of my top favorites for beginners. Remember Google is your friend. There are a handful of others if these don’t flatter your liking. Just remember my tips at the beginning so whichever plant(s) you do choose, thrive!

Happy Growing! 🙂

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