Houseplants for Beginners: How to get Started
If you’re a newbie plant parent or you haven’t got much time on your hands, you’re no doubt looking for houseplants that are super easy to care for and hard to kill. Luckily, we have an entire range of low maintenance plants and succulents that are perfect for helping you on your journey to becoming a plant mum or plant dad.
To get you started, here’s our pick of the best houseplants for beginners – we hope you enjoy learning more about them.
Plant Gang for Newbie Plant Parents
The name says it all! We’ve carefully selected this fab beginner’s bundle because it contains some of the easiest plants to care for. If you’re unsure about which plants you should choose from our range, we’ve done the hard work for you and made it easy to select your very first plant bundle. Each plant gang includes:
- Zamioculcas Houseplant (ZZ plant)
- Medium Aloe Succulent (Medicine plant)
- Mini Haworthia (Zebra cactus)
Known as the true survivors of the plant world, these guys are happy to be ignored for a little while. Watering them every 4 weeks is enough. In fact, they hate too much water, so leaving them to dry out in between watering is best.
Dealing with these tough little indoor houseplants gives you space to learn and grow with your bundle. You’ll be a plant expert in no time!
Newbie Plant Gang, £40
The Mini Haworthia is one of the best indoor plants for beginners. It’s also one of our favourites – honestly, have you seen a cuter houseplant? With fleshy dark green leaves in our stunning ceramic pots, this show-stopping succulent is set to become your favourite too.
Not only is the Haworthia great to look at, but it only needs a little TLC to thrive. Because it’s a succulent, it’s used to droughts. This means you only need to water it once a month. Let the soil dry out in between waterings and drain your plant by tipping it upside down over the sink, if you suspect it’s sitting in too much water.
In their natural habitat, Haworthia’s are used to being under rocks and other objects in the wild, so place it in an east or west-facing window to give it the filtered sunlight it needs.
Mini Haworthia, £7.50 – £9.99
Large Haworthia Marble Planter Stand
If you’re looking for an easy, stylish way to showcase a larger Haworthia, our short marble stand is the perfect addition to your plant family. Whether you place it on a windowsill or kitchen table, the contrasting white marble pot and sleek black legs create the perfect modern look when paired with the Haworthia included in the bundle.
Only needing watering every 3-4 weeks, this stylish, easy to look after plant is a real must-have.
Also comically known as the Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, the hard-leaved tropical Sansevieria will grace your home with style for many months or years.
The key to caring for this houseplant is not to be over-generous with your watering. It’s considered an unkillable houseplant, as you only need to give it approximately 300 ml of water every few weeks. Let the soil become dry between waterings and feed it with a generic houseplant feed every few months. That really is all you need to do to keep it alive and healthy.
Not only is the Sansevieria super easy to care for, but the clever people at NASA have found that it has brilliant air purifying properties. When you rest at night, it absorbs CO2 and other toxins, helping you sleep more soundly. It’s also a feng shui plant, providing helpful energy whenever you’re in its vicinity. That’s why you should consider keeping this air-purifying beauty in your bedroom – pretty fab that plants can improve your sleep too, right?
Snakey Sansevieria, £20.50
We just love the Sansevieria Punk! This crazy looking plant is punk by name, punk by nature. It’s perfect for newbie plant parents because it’s the easiest of all Sansevierias to care for. Don’t worry if you don’t have green fingers just yet, as this plant will show you the ropes.
What’s so great about the Sansevieria Punk is that it’s used to arid conditions. You only have to water it every 3-4 weeks, and then you can forget about it for the rest of the time. If you’re not very good at remembering when to water your plant, set an alarm on your phone to check the soil’s dry a month from when you water it.
Sansevieria Punk work well in good light or a darker corner. Perfect to pop in a gloomier corner of your home to brighten it up. Just make sure it gets a bit of indirect light to keep it happy and healthy.
Sansevieria Punk, £17.99
The Zamioculcas, also known as the Zamio or ZZ Plant, is one of the top houseplants for beginners. It has shiny, dark green leaves that grow to fill any corner of your home. This beautiful plant’s native to Africa and has beneficial air-purifying qualities, helping to create a more peaceful and productive atmosphere in your home. Place it in your home office to help boost your concentration levels.
We love the Zamio as a plant for beginners because it can easily last for weeks, if not months, without water. It can even thrive in a dark room. All you need to do is keep it away from draughts, radiators and direct sunlight, and don’t let the plant stand in water. Aim to water it every 4-5 weeks and only once the top layer of soil is dry, overwatering your zamio will make him unhappy.
We’ve got two Zamio sizes available in our collection both include lovely ceramics or baskets – regular and large. Check them out and take your pick to brighten up a spot in your home.
Zamioculcas, £18.50 – £20 / Big Zamioculcas, £45
Scindapsus (Moss Pole)
More commonly known as the Devil’s Ivy, the Scindapsus (Moss Pole) a large, leafy houseplant that adds texture, height and interest to your home. It has large, heart-shaped green leaves with flecks of golden yellow, making it an all-around easy-care, beautiful climbing houseplant that’ll look great in your kitchen or home office.
On this larger variety, we’ve added a moss pole to the centre of the plant to encourage growth and help the leaves climb. Within no time, your plant will fill a corner of any room you place it in. It’s happiest in bright spots, but it’s also OK to live in areas with partial light, making this guy easy to place in your home.
To keep your plant looking healthy and fresh, water it from the base every 1-2 weeks. Simply let it soak for 10 minutes in a sink filled with cool water and then let it drain before putting it back into the pot.
Mini and Medium Cactus
The famous cactus is one of the ultimate unkillable indoor plants. Cacti are the perfect choice for newbie plants owners or plant people who want something low maintenance to look after. You won’t see much growth, but that’s because cacti are so easy to care for.
Try not to overwater your cactus and put it in a sunny, dry spot. Windowsills directly in the sun are perfect. You only need to water it every 3-4 weeks. When you do, tip the pot upside down in the sink to let the water drain off. Cacti hate sitting in water.
Also, be really careful of the spikey burrs. When unpacking your plant, wear thick gloves or folded up paper. If you do get pricked, remove any burrs with a tweezer and wash your hands in warm, soapy water.
Mini Cactus, £7.50 – £9.99 / Medium Cactus, £14.99
Are you looking to create the ultimate indoor jungle without the effort? Then add a Yucca to your collection. This fabulous plant’s a thing of beauty. It’s native to the Americas and has fantastic healing properties, which is why it’s commonly used in soaps and other beauty products.
Yucca plants are experts at conserving water. Their leaves have a waxy coating that helps prevent water loss and evaporation. They also have built-in channels that direct water directly into the base of the plant. That’s why you only need to water this unique plant once every couple of weeks after the soil’s dried out.
If you want to encourage the plant’s lush green colour, use a generic houseplant food every few months. This will do your plant a world of good. You’re also spoilt for choice, as we have yucca plants available in regular, large, and XL sizes. Take your pick!
Yucca, £13 – £19 / Large Yucca, £80 / XL Yucca, £130
Devil’s Ivy in Marble Planter with Stand
The Devil’s Ivy AKA Scindapsus is a fab starter plant that thrives in light spots. This size is perfect to pop on a high shelf and let it trail down as it grows. Looks fab in a macrame hanger too. It’s fascinating to watch this green beauty flourish; you’ll be wowed by how quickly it grows to give you that sought after trailing look.
While it looks as pretty as a picture with its heart-shaped leaves, don’t be fooled. This plant’s as tough as old boots! In fact, it gets its name because it’s so hard to kill. To keep it happy, you only need to give it a little bit of water every 1-2 weeks once the soil’s dry.
Even better, the Devil’s Ivy looks beautiful against our stunning marble plant stand, as the green leaves contrast against the white marble perfectly. Look closely at the leaves when you receive your plant, as you’ll see flecks and streaks of golden yellow, adding a touch of sunshine to your home.
Devil’s Ivy in Marble Planter with Stand, £38 / Devil’s Ivy in Almond Stoneware, £20
Add some bright, tropical vibes to your indoor jungle with the leafy Dracaena. This plant’s oh-so-easy to care for and packs a punch wherever you home it.
The Dracaena Compacta has glossy dark green leaves, while the Lemon and Lime Dracaena features neon yellow and green striped leaves for summer fun in your home.
You should only need to water your plant once every 10 days. If the tips turn black, you’ve overwatered your plant. Simply drain the water in a sink and give the soil a chance to dry out.
We have so many different varieties and sizes to choose from. Simply type “Dracaena” in the search box on our website and browse the large selection of plants we have available. If you want a statement plant that is easy to care for, the selection of Large and XL Dracaena is for you. Arriving with belly baskets or ceramics, requiring little watering and will even cope in a darker corner. These guys are so easy to care for and look just fabulous. Perfect to green up a corner of your home.
Mini Dracaena Head, £9.99 / Dracaena Compacta, £16.50 / Lemon & Lime Dracaena, £16.50 – £17.50/ Large Dracaena in Ceramic, £80, XL Lemon & Lime Dracaena in Belly Basket, £150
Easy Care Plant Basket Bundle
This fun basket bundle is the perfect green gang for wannabe plant people. The bundle includes the Zamioculcas and the Dracaena, both of which are so easy to care for (as we’ve already explained). We’ve planted them in our stylish, waterproof belly baskets, which have a gorgeous woven seagrass base and soft yet durable black cotton top half. They’ll brighten up any room, wherever you choose to place them.
Easy Care Plant Basket Bundle, £49
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about our low-maintenance plants for beginners and how to care for them. With time and patience, you’ll become a plant person in no time.
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