Top 10 Easy Plants to Grow for Beginners
Growing houseplants and keeping them alive can be a handful task. If you are short on time to pay attention to your plants,but still want to have them around, choosing easy-to-grow plants is the way to go.
We have put down a list of the Top 10 Easy Plants to Grow that don’t mind a little neglect and are the best choice if you’re a beginner or just have a brown thumb.
1. Money Plant, Scindapsus
Known to bring good luck and fortune, the Money Plant is one of the easiest to grow and care for. Flourishing with beautiful green marbled leaves, they can be grown both indoors and outdoors.
Moreover, the money plant is also an amazing air purifier and further improves mood and concentration.
How to Care: The plant thrives when watered adequately and can even take irregular watering. Overwatering, however, may cause more harm than good. You can water your Money Plant once in 7-10 days during summers and every 2-3 weeks in winters.
2. ZZ Plant, Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
An exceptional air cleanser, the ZZ Plant is a perennial tropical plant and is nearly impossible to kill. The foliage of small glossy leaves makes the plant a very attractive one with little to no care.
Also known as the Zuzu plant, it can remove toxins like xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air.
How to Care: The ZZ grows well in medium to low light. It is also drought-tolerant and can be watered as infrequently as once in 2-3 weeks. While slow-growing, the plant can reach a height of 16-28 inches.
A plant as beautiful as its name, the leaves of Peace Lily are clusters of shiny, golden ovals. Creamy-white hooded flowers adorn the plant during spring and early summer. The Peace Lily truly defies the misbelief that beautiful plants are high-maintenance.
Additionally, the Peace Lily is also a fine detoxifier and one of the very few rare indoor flowering plants.
How to Care: You can place your plant at a spot that receives enough indirect sunlight. The Peace Lily doesn’t really like sitting in still water but needs moist soil. Poke your hand in the soil to check the moisture. If it feels dry to touch, you can water your plant with about 50 ml of water.
Considered one of the easiest to grow houseplants, the Spider Plant is a low-maintenance, attractive addition to any home. The long green leaves of the Spider Plant are striped with white. It gets its name because of the unique spider-like growth that dangles from the ends of the mother plant.
How to Care: Place the plant in a low light area and away from harsh direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves. Check the moisture in the soil by poking your finger to determine if your plant needs watering.
The Syngonium plant is a good way to bring a positive chi in your living space, and balance the Yin and Yang energies in it. The beautiful five-lobe-shaped leaves are also known to represent the five elements of Feng Shui.
Along with these, the easy to grow Syngonium plant removes toxins from the surroundings and can be used for decorative purposes too.
How to Care: The plant prefers indirect sunlight and can also grow well with artificial light. This makes it a great indoor plant. The hardy Syngonium prefers some dry-out time between waterings. Overwatering should be avoided.
An evergreen plant with long, sharp, deep green leaves growing in rosettes, the Snake Plant can be considered the ideal easy-to-grow houseplant.
On maturing, fragrant white flowers may grace the plant occasionally. It also absorbs toxins from the air and produces fresh oxygen, making the air quality in your space better.
How to Care: Also known as a ‘Zero Maintenance Plant,’ the Snake Plant can survive both outdoors and indoors. Overwatering it can be a mistake. You will have to mostly water it every 10 days. Keep an eye out for the moisture in the soil, water when dry.
As its name suggests, the shiny, deep green leaves of the Umbrella Plant grow in a circle, forming an umbrella-like shape. The Schefflera is an easy-to-grow plant and can live for years if cared for the right way.
How to Care: The decorative plant requires minimum care. Place it in an area that receives ample sunlight—water about once a week in summers and once every two weeks in the winters.
Most succulents are comparatively easy to grow and maintain; the Ghost plant is one of them. The leaves are fleshy and spoon-shaped, growing in rosettes. Their colour can vary depending on the amount of sunlight they receive. It is small in size and can be used as decor.
How to Care: This succulent can be placed both outdoors or indoors with good sunlight. Infrequently water the soil, avoid watering the leaves and do not overwater.
The Kalanchoe has dark green, shiny, fleshy leaves throughout the year. Clusters of fragrant flowers in different colours (depending on the type you choose) grow densely on the plant in winters making it look like a Basket Of Gold.
How to Care: The plant is a houseplant but can be grown outdoors too, if you live in a warm place. It loves sunlight and hence should be placed in a naturally-lit spot indoors. You can water the plant moderately through summer and reduce in the winter.
Indian households have been growing Aloe Vera for years for the plant’s ayurvedic, medicinal, and cultural benefits. It is also very easy to grow and needs basic care. A sturdy plant that’s hard to kill, Aloe Vera is a beautiful succulent.
How to Care: Aloe Vera thrives in natural bright light, indoors or outdoors. However, direct harsh sunlight can cause damage. The plant also needs low watering. You can water it once a week in summers and space the timing even more in winters and rainy seasons.
While maintaining a garden is no child's play, it does not have to be nerve-wracking. These easy to grow plants make sure to enliven your space and help you bring the outdoors in with minimum care.
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