5 Houseplants Perfect for the First-Time Plant Parent

Hailin Zhang

Now that spring is finally here, it’s a great time to become a plant parent.

Studies have shown that houseplants may reduce stress levels, boost concentration and productivity and improve air quality, in addition to numerous other benefits. I have plenty of houseplants myself – lucky bamboo, a spider plant, a snake plant and devil’s ivy, to name a few – and they’ve definitely helped transform my space and even improve my daily mood.

A common misconception is that houseplants are very difficult to maintain, but that’s not the case! Sure, orchids and lemon trees are really hard to keep alive, but there are options for everyone, regardless of experience.

Here’s a list of five houseplants perfect for beginners.

SUCCULENTS

Succulents are great for beginners; they’re pretty low maintenance and can thrive in most conditions. Their thick, sap-filled leaves retain as much moisture as possible, which is why they’re usually found in deserts. They’re also aesthetically pleasing and can spruce up any space.

LUCKY BAMBOO

This plant also thrives in poor conditions, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK to completely neglect it. Not only do lucky bamboos make wonderful gifts, but many also believe that they bring good luck (according to the principles of feng shui and vastu shastra). For more information, click here.

SPIDER PLANTS

Spider plants are definitely my favorite houseplant. I mean, they’re pet friendly and one of the top air purifying plants. Plus, they’re not too picky when it comes to water, light or temperature. It’s still important to put some effort in, of course; without proper care, their leaves can turn brown and look messy. With proper care, they can live for 50 or more years! For more information, click here.

PEACE LILY

Native to America’s tropical rainforests, peace lilies are a popular choice for offices and homes. They also made NASA’s list of the top 10 household air filtering plants. Most are floor plants, since they can grow up to three feet tall.  Something to keep in mind: they’re best kept away from small children and pets, because they contain calcium oxalate, which “may cause stomach and respiratory irritation if ingested in large amounts.”

BROMELIADS

Relatives of the common pineapple, Bromeliads easily adapt to average home conditions and are available in a variety of colors and textures. While these plants are quite resilient, it’s imperative that you don’t overwater them. For more information, click here.