Best Indoor Plants for new Plant Parents

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INTRODUCTION

It’s never too late to welcome some ‘green’ friends into your house. Especially when it’s raining outside and you miss your daily stroll in the park. But you are new to the world of plants and perhaps too worried to make it right. You have no idea what amount of hard work it will take, how much knowledge must be needed and what if you end up killing them, right? Well, this article will not only save your time but will promise you a great start in the world of houseplants.

Since you are a beginner, we have narrowed down some of the best and the easiest growing options for you. These require little effort and care to thrive.

1.     Pothos

It is too hard to come across a house with a plant collection devoid of pothos. Best seen in hanging baskets, this plant fills your indoor spaces with beautiful vines. Be it your bathroom, bedroom or living room, it will thrive anywhere you choose to keep it. Widely loved and cared for, Pothos has multiple names and types. Also known as Money Plant or Devil’s Ivy, this one is hard to kill. It will continue to love you even if you plant it in low light or forget to water it. Though it will suffer burns if kept in a place with direct sunlight. Other varieties include Marble money plant, Golden Pothos, Satin Money plant etc.

Even propagating this plant is easy. You just need a stem cutting and a rich manured soil. So once you buy it, you will never have to buy one again.

NamePothos, Devil’s Ivy
LightMedium to low light
WaterModerately wet soil (thrice a week)
TypeVine
PlaceIndoors, outdoors in the shade
POTHOS

2.    Aloe Vera

Also known for its miraculous healing properties, this plant brings in relief from burns, and the sap can be used for your face/hair masks. A member of the cactus family, this one requires self-independence. It doesn’t rely on your care. It just needs a shaded space with some amount of light and it will prosper.

The best property of this plant is its ability to take moisture from the air for its water needs. Yes! You hardly need to water it. Once a while, when you see the soil too dry, you can give a handful. But beware, too much water can kill this plant because the plant itself is made of 98.5% water.

Other than overwatering, this plant will never cease to exist. Once the plant fills the entire pot, you can transplant the small saplings into new pots. With just 1 buy, you can fill your entire garden through propagation. If you are lucky and have made your plant happy, it might give you small yellow or white flowers.

NameAloe Vera
LightMedium to low light
WaterDry Soil
TypeCactus
PlaceIndoors, outdoors in the shade
ALOE VERA

3.     Palm

For those who miss the lush green jungles and a walk on the beach, this plant is for you. All you need is a good space because these often grow huge. A small semi-lit window with indirect sunlight is the best corner for this one. While Areca Palm is the most common variety, others include fan palm, Broadleaf lady palm, Bottle palm, ponytail palm and so on. These vary in breadth and height so choose one according to your space.

Since it is best grown in the tropics, it needs a good amount of water. But worry not, even if you forgot to water it, it will bear some amount of neglect. Though, as soon as you realize your mistake, do give it a good shower.

You may not be able to propagate it from cuttings, but you can do so from the roots. Though this plant grows huge so might want to stick to one variety at a time.

NamePalm
LightMedium to low light
WaterModerately moist Soil
TypeTropical plant
PlaceIndoors, outdoors in the shade
PALM

4.     English Ivy

This one is my favourite. If you are looking for a beautiful vine inside your home, this one is the way to go. Often called a woody vine, this one will fill your space with long strings of beautiful green leaves that are hard to ignore. The star-shaped leaves might become your favourite once you own them.

It is so easy to grow this one that it is often classified as an ‘aggressive’ plant. All it needs is a semi-shaded to a shaded area, with medium light conditions. Since it has woody stems, it retains water and hence needs less pour. So water only when you see the soil too dry. Too much water might not be good for this plant.

The only drawback of this plant is its poisonous sap. You can plant your Ivy in a hanging basket away from human or animal contact.

NameEnglish Ivy
LightMedium to low light
WaterMedium dry Soil
TypeWoody vine
PlaceIndoors, outdoors in the shade
ENGLISH IVY

5.     Syngonium

You might confuse this one with the money plant. But no, the arrow-shaped leaves of this plant stand out. They often appear drooping down in elegance. The new leaves grow in a curled form that opens up with appropriate light conditions. It may seem shy at once, but as soon as it starts prospering, there is no looking back.

Syngonium comes in green and pink variations. While the green Syngonium is the common one, the one with reddish/pink leaves calls for more love. They require high humidity so try to keep the soil moist. Though, it needs moderate to less light. Again, the pink leafed Syngonium might need more light than the green one.

Another significant reason for buying this one is the feng-shui element attached to it. Syngonium brings in good luck. The shape of the leaves represents 5 elements of the earth. Thus bringing in good harmony to your space.

NameSyngonium
LightMedium to low light
WaterMoist Soil
TypeVine
PlaceIndoors, outdoors in the shade
SYNGONIUM

 

Conclusion

I hope you have made up your mind. These 5 varieties are not only the easiest to grow but act as great air purifiers. And don’t forget, the more you surround yourself with nature, the more positive you will stay.


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