For the longest time, I envied my friends who had beautiful plants in their home. I tried growing a few things here and there, always starting out hopeful, only to find them beyond resurrection a few weeks later. Not only was my thumb not green, it was black. I was sure that I was destined to live my life dusting off plastic plants rather than enjoying fresh greenery.
All of this changed when I started doing a little bit of reading on how to keep plants happy, and which are the easiest to keep happy. While there have been a few bumps along the way, I eventually learned that it isn’t always about whether or not you have a green thumb; plants, like anything else, like to live within certain conditions. When I learned what those were, I was much more successful in keeping greenery alive. Now, I am the proud parents of little green plant babies all over my home. All happy and healthy.
Here are three of my favorite starter plants that are low maintenance and pretty durable for plant parents who want to test the waters or who have been raising them for years.
More commonly known as the Snake Plant, this plant is incredibly forgiving of neglect or beginner’s mistakes. The Snake Plant thrives in a variety of light levels. Their leaves will become more vibrant in a bright filtered light, but they are also capable of living in low light conditions. Mine currently lives in a dark corning of my living room, and it has reached about three feet in height.
As for water, the Sansevieria holds quite a bit of water in their leaves and can be prone to root rot if overwatered or allowed to sit in damp soil for too long. For this reason, it’s better to er on the side of being a little too dry than too damp. The frequency you will need to water your Snake Plant changes with the season and your individual plant’s needs. I typically water mine whenever the first 2-3 inches of soil are dry to the touch.
This plant goes by the nickname of Spider Plant. It can also live in a variety of light levels, but it will thrive in bright, indirect light. It’s important to be careful to avoid strong direct light, though, as this plant is prone to burning in harsh light.
It is pretty durable in different temperatures and prefers relatively infrequent waterings. A good rule of thumb is to allow your adult Spider Plant to dry completely between waterings. The plant will give you visual indications of what it needs. If it develops black tips or a yellow halo, it is being overwatered. If its leaves start to look droopy, it could use a drink. One thing to note is that the Spider Plant is known for being a bit sensitive to chemicals in water. If you notice the leaves starting to brown, you may need to start watering with distilled water.
Otherwise known as Pothos, this plant is considered one of the easiest to grow. If happy and healthy, it can brighten up any corner of your home with its beautiful foliage and long vines.
Pothos prefers bright, indirect light when indoors. Harsh direct light can damage the pathos, so it’s best to sit it just out of line of direct light or allow the light to be filtered through curtains.
The best way to tell when your Pathos needs to be watered is to watch its leaves. When they start to droop, it needs a good watering. It’s important to keep a close eye on this; if the leaves start to shrivel, you’ll likely loose a few. Rather than watering these plants thoroughly after it dries out, they tend to grow best when they have a splash of water when their leaves start to droop. Pothos are susceptible to root rot, so watering in small doses as needed is a good way to prevent this.