Plants for Beginners


Written by Mara Kubis, A & E writer

Are you looking for a cool and easy house plant to own? House plants can bring some life and color to your home. You can accessorize your new plants with some cute pots too. As a beginner, here are a few plants to consider. No one can have too many plants! 


Peperomia – There is a wide variety of Peperomia plants. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors! The Peperomia plant has over 1,000 species to choose from. They can come with thick, waxy leaves in purple, gray, marbled red and various shades of green. This plant is very forgiving and can withstand a bit of negligence, only needing to be watered every 1-2 weeks. It grows to approximately 12 inches, and it is not sensitive to changes in lighting. They are fit for smaller or medium planting pots.

Spider Plant – Spider plants have long green leaves with a stripe down the middle. It’s common for them to grow little sprouts or “spiderettes’ ‘ that can be repotted and grown into another plant. Spider plants are a super easy and decorative plant to own. They can also survive mild negligence, only asking for water once a week. Spider plants are better suited for a more shady area of your home because, direct sunlight can scorch their leaves. These are a good hanging plant for when they grow many spiderettes, it gives them more room to hang and grow.

Wandering Jew Plant – Wandering Jews are almost impossible to kill. They have attractive purple or green leaves. They tend to have curvy leaves that grow in organized patterns. They can be watered when their soil starts to feel dry. They favor bright, indirect sunlight the most, or the morning sun. Wandering Jews are great hanging plants as it loves to cascade, or it can simply be placed on a high shelf.

Cast Iron Plant – The Cast Iron Plant takes after its name: it’s super tough! It’s definitely a top choice for beginners, it’s hard to kill and it can live up to 50 years. It has long, green, and  leathery leaves. It can grow up to 2 feet tall. They must be kept out of direct sunlight, which can bleach and burn its leaves. They only require low to moderate watering about once a week.

Madagascar Dragon Tree – Madagascar Dragon trees can go almost a month without water! They have very pretty long leaves growing from a slim trunk. They can grow up to 6 ft in 10 years. Though they can survive without water for a while, they need to be watered at least once a week. These plants also require pruning to stop leaves from growing sideways. They prefer filtered bright, indoor light.

Guzmania Bromeliads – The Guzmania Bromeliads is a pretty and cheerful plant good for beginners and seasoned gardeners alike. They come from the pineapple family and can be great decorations when properly cared for. It has a very pretty red, yellow, or pink flowerlike bushel of leaves in the middle of it. They thrive in bright, indirect sunlight so they would be best positioned near a bright window. One must be very careful not to over water Bromeliads, they only need water once a month.

Cactus House Plants – Cacti and succulents are cute and easy to care for. They are a great option for beginners, they have very low-maintenance needs and are ideal for those who forget to water their plants. Cacti and succulents can come in many different types and colors. They have a wide range of species to choose from. They tend to survive even in difficult conditions, for they are highly-adaptable. They thrive most in direct sunlight and can be watered infrequently.

And those are some of the perfect plants for beginners! Everyone needs at least a few fabulous plants sprucing up their home. You now have some ideas on plants you can purchase as a beginner that are easy to care for. The options are endless in plants to enhance your home with, so hopefully you’re ready to become a plant parent!