10 Easy Indoor Plants for Beginners

Written by: Nena Aichholzer, 28.04.2021

Are you still looking for your green thumb and have maybe even murdered one or two cacti? Do you want to make your room a little bit greener? You love plants, but you never know what to get in a plant store? No problem, today we are introducing you to 10 plants that are super easy to care for and a good option for people starting their plant journey!

Advantages of indoor plants

Urban jungle – the current trend has grown deep roots in our society. On various social media platforms, you can see how people in city apartments seem to live in a real life jungle and this trend is not only nice to look at, but can also bring many advantages.

  • It is well known that trees bind CO2 and thereby give us air to breathe, but did you know that indoor plants could also improve your indoor climate? In addition to beautiful decoration, they also contribute to better circulation and often to a better attitude towards life, because plants, as has been proven, simply make you happy! 
  • There are also plants that are considered natural remedies, such as aloe vera for example, which cools sunburns.
  • You can learn a lot from plants. Patience for example, because each plant grows at its own pace and does not allow itself to be stressed by external influences. Many urban gardeners also report that living in the jungle taught them a lot about themselves and their relationships with others. Just try it out for yourself!

What you will have to look out for in your future jungle, how much water and how much sun your plant will need and how you can find the right person to take care of your plant babies while you are on vacation, you will now find out:

1. Epipremnum Pinnatum (Moneyplant)

There are many different variations of the Money Plant, you will find them in different shades of silver, light- or dark green, patterned to almost completely white. It grows incredibly fast and takes pollutants out of the air through the stomata in its leaves. As a result, it not only adorns your home, but also improves the quality of your indoor air! Money Plants are also excellent for cutting offsprings and grow new plants.
The Money Plant does not like direct sunlight, still needs light though, just don’t put it directly in front of the window because then the leaves could turn brown. Only water every 10 days or when the leaves start to roll up!
To do this, you simply cut off a leaf under the leaf root (make sure that the offspring also has aerial roots beforehand) let the cut 1-2 dry and then place it in a glass of water in a bright place and wait for roots to develop. For instructions that are more detailed and many more plant tips, we recommend marienova on Instagram!

2. Monstera deliciosa (Window leaf)

The Window leaf is one of the most popular houseplants and rightly so! The Monstera has beautiful, large leaves and is very forgiving if you make mistakes of any kind. That makes it a great option for everyone who is just starting out with their urban jungle.
The Monstera prefers indirect light, it is best not to place it directly in front of the window, otherwise its leaves will burn and turn brown. Try to keep the plant moist at all times; you can simply spray it with a spray bottle.
Important to know: due to its size, it needs a lot of space and does not like to be squeezed between pieces of furniture!

3. Aloe Vera

The Aloe is almost a magical plant. The gel it produces in its leaves can be used in many ways. It heals small cuts and has a very cooling effect, especially in the case of sunburn, but you can also use it as a moisturizing cream and even make a drink from the Aloe Vera (only use organic plants if you want to do this!)! Make sure that you never cut off more than 1/3 of the leaves when you want to use the aloe gel, otherwise it will overwhelm the plant. Furthermore, it needs a lot of light, but only little water. Water it rarely, about every 10 days, and use a mixture of soil and gravel for planting!

4. Ficus benjamina (Weeping fig)

Another very easy-care plant is the ficus. The ficus has its origins in the subtropical region, so it is no wonder that it prefers high humidity and lots of light! A special feature of this plant is its rapid growth, its leaves are relatively small and can take on different colors depending on the ficus species, the trunk diameter is unusually small with a maximum of 50 centimeters, whereby the ficus itself can grow up to 10 meters high! But don’t worry, most house plants won’t grow over your head that quickly!

5. Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (Zuzu Plant)

The ZuZu Plant has its origin in East Africa and today you can often find it in offices because it is very easy to care for. You really cannot go wrong with this plant. It needs little water and little light. That basically means, she’s doing best when you forget about her a little.
Very important: do not pour over and try to avoid waterlogging, i.e. standing water, in the pot! When their leaves start to turn yellow, you know you have drowned them, avoid reaching for the watering can for now!

6. Coffea arabica (Coffee plant)

Is coffee your elixir of life? Then this plant is definitely something for you, because thanks to her family there is coffee at all. As a houseplant, the Coffea arabica can reach a height of about 1.5 meters. Their leaves are glossy, dark green in color, oval and tapering to a point at the end. It blooms in beautiful white flowers and forms fruits that initially turn green and later red to black. Depending on the season, this plant will decorate your home with different colors! The coffee plant needs a bright location, but doesn’t like direct sunlight that much! Also with this plant, make sure that the soil is always slightly moist and never completely dry!

7. Ficus elastica (Rubber tree)

The rubber tree is one of the least demanding plants. Whether dark or light locations, it just grows quietly and in a strong green. In addition, it also helps to improve indoor air quality. What is important: every now and then you have to remove dust from its leaves with a damp cloth. Always water this plant when the soil it stands in has dried out completely.

Important: If you are allergic to latex, you should be careful with this plant because if the plant is injured it releases a so-called milky sap, which can cause skin irritation in allergy sufferers.

8. Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake plant)

The Snake Plant is a very frugal roommate. You should only water it when the soil is already quite dry. That’s why it’s also a great beginner plant, because it doesn’t matter if you forget to water one or the other time. The bow hemp originally comes from the tropical regions of Africa and therefore prefers to stand in a sunny spot! It is available in many different variegations (patterns). By the way, Snake Plant is also often called mother-in-law’s tongue.

9. Mentha suaveolens (Mint)

Mint is a plant that you might not have expected on this list, but it is still great as décor as well as usable! Mint is very easy to care for and has a lot more to offer in addition to a beautiful leaf pattern. You can add their leaves to your water in summer, mix cocktails such as a mojito with them and if you dry their leaves you can also make tea with them!

You have to water the mint more often than other potted plants. Especially in summer it needs sufficient water and a bright location, but do not place it directly in the sun, otherwise its leaves will burn and turn brown.

10. Tillandsia capitata (Air Plant)

The Tilliandsia capitate is a very special plant. This is because it does not have to be planted in the ground, but takes in water and required nutrients directly from its leaves. Nevertheless, like any other plant, it needs sufficient light and water, so it is important to spray it regularly with lukewarm water or to “bathe” it. With the air plant you don’t have to worry if you forget to water it, because it can do without water for 4-14 days.

One thing is certain: this plant is so special that it will definitely be an eye-catcher in your home.

Plant care tips

Finally, we have a few general tips on plant care for you. The biggest mistake newcomers to plants make is over-watering, it is best to ask for advice on how much water it really needs when buying your plant. The plant itself will also give you signs of when it needs water – when its leaves start to curl, you know, now it’s time to water it again!

Another rookie mistake: the wrong substrate. Often there is a tendency to simply plant plants in the next best soil, but it is important to choose a soil that has enough nutrients for your plant!

By the way: the brighter your plant is, the more light it needs!

Find like-minded people! Whether on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – there are many groups of plant friends that you can join on the Internet. At these groups cuttings are exchanged, tips are given and more easy-care plants are recommended. If you are looking for new plants, stop by at willhaben, where a lot of people sell and give away plants for which they no longer have space for!

Questions?

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