10 Best Houseplants for Beginners (Hard to Kill Plants)

There are many houseplants which beginners can grow with ease. Not only will these plants be easy to take care of, but they don’t have special requirements for sunlight and water. Here’s our list of the 10 best houseplants for beginners.

1) Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

snake plant close up

The snake plant (aka mother-in-law’s tongue) is really easy to care for. It can grow in a variety of light conditions and is virtually unkillable. If you’ve had problems keeping plants alive in the past, this is definitely worth considering.

This plant is not fussy about watering. It needs water about once every fortnight in summer and once a month in winter, but that can vary depending on where you live and the conditions in your home.

If you forget to water it for a week, don’t panic because it will be fine.

The snake plant is great for beginners as it can tolerate neglectful owners and varying light conditions. There are no special care requirements, although you can use a half strength liquid fertiliser in summer if you like.

2) Succulents

Succulents are becoming really popular and with good reason! Most are easy to grow and don’t have exacting requirements which makes them perfect for people who lack a green thumb. You can also plant succulents in interesting pots, to make an interesting display.

Recommended varieties for beginners include Echeveria, Haworthia and Aloe vera. These plants typically come from warmer climates and are adapted to low water environments – which is handy if you’re prone to forgetting to water your plants!

3) Wandering Jew Plant (Tradescantia zebrina)

I used to have fun growing and propagating this plant when I was 11-12 years, which is when I first got into plants. If I could do it then, it shows how easy this plant is to grow.

Wandering Jew is a forgiving plant: if you forget to water it for a few days, your plant will be just fine.

Plus, this houseplant likes indirect and diffused light, which makes it perfect for apartments without lots of natural sunlight throughout the day.

The only downside with this houseplant is that you need to trim it from time-to-time if the vine starts to grow out of control.

There’s a variety of different colours to choose from, so you can find one which suits your home’s décor.

4) Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

aspidistra - cast iron plant in corner

These elegant plants are well-known to stand up to abuse from neglectful owners. The name Cast Iron Plant comes from the fact that it is almost impossible to kill.

This houseplant thrives in indirect sunlight but can also tolerate dark corners in the house, where other plants wouldn’t be able to survive.

In terms of water, this plant is also fairly easy-going and only needs a watering when its topsoil is dry during its growing season, in order to thrive. This plant doesn’t like ‘soggy feet’ so avoid overwatering.

If you’re looking for a beautiful dark green foliage plant with a tough character, this is your plant.

5) Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

You’ll probably have seen this plant in interior design magazines and Instagram because it’s so popular.

You may be surprised how easy the fiddle leaf fig can be to care for. It’s ideal for beginners because it’s resilient and will tolerate dry air. This plant needs very little water – about once a week or less!

You can figure out how often to water by sticking your finger in the soil and feeling whether it is moist. It also likes filtered, indirect sunlight, making it a good indoor plant.

And even if you’re not a beginner gardener, this plant is worth adding for the sake of its looks and color alone. The leaves are deep green with silvery undersides which give it an ethereal quality when the light catches on them. And they grow large too – it really can become the centerpiece of your room.

6) ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

If you want a houseplant that can handle neglect, the ZZ plant is for you. In fact, it thrives in poor conditions and only needs watering about once every week or two – but don’t worry if you forget to water because this tough guy will be able to handle it!

It is an unusual plant because it can tolerate both sun and shade making it ideal for most rooms within you home.  The beautiful dark green leaves act as a natural backdrop to any bright coloured or flowering plants which you choose to buy in future.

If you’ve killed every plant you’ve had in the past or you’re just getting started, what’s not to like about the ZZ plant? It’s easy to maintain and inexpensive. A great choice if you want something low maintenance for your home, office or dorm room.

7) Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

peace lily close up

The peace lily is a stunning plant which is amazingly easy to grow. It does well in a wide variety of environments and doesn’t need any special treatment.

It produces long-lasting white ‘flowers’ which give it a unique appearance.

The peace lily can be found at many garden centers or big box stores – it isn’t hard to find. The one thing you’ll have to pay attention to is watering them properly (more on this below

 8) Jade plant (Crassula ovata)

The problem with many houseplants is they need a lot of time and attention, especially when it comes to watering. The Jade plant is different because it can survive long periods without any water at all. It’s easy enough to care for this houseplant by simply soaking the pot in water every week or two.

This plant is a sign of good luck and friendship in many cultures around the world, which is why it’s often used as a gift or housewarming present.

While the Jade plant will grow with minimal natural sunlight, you’ll notice a positive difference in its growth if exposed to some light or even indirect sunlight on occasion.

 9) Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)

This plant has fallen in popularity a little recently, which is a shame because it’s so easy to grow. The rubber plant is a stunner and will fill up any empty space in your house with its elegant lobed green leaves.

It’s not too fussy but is ideally kept in a spot that gets medium, indirect light. It can be away from window. Water the soil when it feels lightly dry.

One of the aspects I like about this plant is it can grow tall without taking up lots of space around it. It’s also easy to prune and keep to the size and shape that you require.

10) Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Orchids have a reputation of being difficult to grow, but the moth orchid is widely considered one of the easiest types of houseplants. Moth orchids are native to Southeast Asia and require a humid environment with bright light year-round. They’re also easy to propagate by dividing their root system in half when they get too big for your space.

I’ve been growing these at home for several years after discovering they were ideal plants and flowers to use in our floristry business. They survive very happily on the window of our bathroom, benefiting from the humid environment. I just soak the pot in water once every 2 weeks and then let it drain well. The reward is beautiful, long-lasting flowers.

Final thoughts

So to sum up, plants are a wonderful addition to any home, and they’re not as difficult to care for as you might think. Maybe you have a brown thumb or just don’t like the idea of babysitting a fussy plant, then these ten hard-to-kill houseplants may be perfect for you!

If you’re looking to get more eco-friendly or just want a low-maintenance way to brighten up your space, take this list as inspiration. You won’t regret investing in any of these ten beautiful plants.

Did we leave a plant off our list of best houseplants for beginners? Let us know in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

About the author 

Paul - Better Houseplants

Loves orchids and foliage houseplants. Always trying to be a better plant parent. Let's get growing!

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