I grew up in the company of some pretty serious plant mamas. I’ve mentioned this before, but my mom and my grandma have impressive green thumbs. I’m not just talking about keeping plants alive – they can propagate virtually anything or take a plant that is seemingly dead and bring it back to life. For a long time, I thought that skill had skipped a generation… but once we bought our first home (and with their guidance), I started to build my plant collection. I’m proud to say that after some trial, error and research, there are quite a few happy and healthy bebes living here with us!
Today, I wanted to share three highly-durable (but also beautiful) houseplants that are easy to procure and even easier to care for…
THE SNAKE PLANT
Aside from a succulent here and there (that I mostly killed – oops), the snake plant was my very first houseplant. I recommend these to anyone who is just starting their journey into plant parenting because they are insanely low-maintenance and can survive and thrive in most environments. I’ve found that mine mostly enjoy bright, indirect light… but they have also done well in low-light environments.
Here are a few other things to know:
Avoid over-watering your snake plant. I’ve gone anywhere between 2-6 weeks without watering… seriously! They are susceptible to root rot, and too much water can also cause their iconic spiky leaves to turn yellow or droop. The good news: if you notice any of these symptoms, just leave the plant alone for awhile, let the soil dry out and it’ll usually bounce back. They’re tough!
Snake plants ARE toxic if consumed, so keep them away from babies/children and pets! You might consider an elevated plant stand to help keep them out of reach of your littles.
Aside from being fun to look at and adding some serious personality to a space, another bonus of the snake plant is that it helps to purify the air in your home. I love giving them as housewarming gifts for this reason!
Snake plants don’t need to be repotted frequently – usually every 3 years is the max. Find a pretty vessel with nice drainage, don’t over-water and they’re good to go and grow! Here are a few of my favorites:
THE ZZ PLANT
ZZ plants are such a fun addition to any home! Their durability and ability to adapt to virtually any condition make them an ideal houseplant for beginners.
Here are a few key attributes to this strong and beautiful plant…
They’re tolerant of low-light environments. If you live in a space that doesn’t get a ton of natural light, the ZZ would be a great option for you!
Like our friend the snake plant, ZZ plants can go several weeks between watering. One trick is to stick your finger into the soil about an inch or so. If it feels dry to the touch and no dirt sticks to your skin, it’s ready for a drink of water. FYI, this hack works for most houseplants and has helped me avoid over-watering many times!
ZZ plants can get large, if you let them! They top out around 2-3 feet, but don’t grow at a rapid rate. My ZZ was actually gifted from a friend when we bought our house and came in a much smaller vessel. After about a year, I started to notice some of the stalks were yellowing (and even dying), so I moved her to a bigger pot and oh how she has grown since then!
ZZ plants are also toxic if consumed so again, keep them out of reach of kiddos and pets. Mine lives in a plant stand like this one.
Last but certainly not least… if you want a plant with lots of drama that doesn’t require much upkeep, the pothos is for you! Pothos plants come in a few different varieties, all of which are as beautiful as they are maintenance.
Here’s why they’re a great choice for newbie plant parents:
Pothos plants love bright, indirect light… but can do very well in low-light environments too.
I usually water my pothos plants every week and a half, using the finger-in-soil test I mentioned earlier. Make sure to plant them in vessels with good drainage to avoid root rot.
They are inexpensive and very easy to propagate. I’ll put together a separate post all about this, but I have created multiple new plants from my existing pothos bbs by simply trimming and propagating in water.
Pothos plants add so much whimsy to a space! If cared for properly, yours will grow to have some really nice volume and leaves that can either climb up or beautifully drape down (hence the drama I mentioned earlier).
Again, keep these out of reach of your littles – toxic if ingested.
I get a good amount of feedback from people on Instagram, saying they don’t know where to start or “I kill everything!” – I totally get that it can be overwhelming. My biggest piece of advice is to start small – these three plants are great options for virtually any environment and even the most minimal of experience. And also, your plants will let you know when conditions aren’t ideal… so just make sure check in with them regularly.
Hoping I’ve inspired you to make the leap. Or, to my seasoned plant parents out there, what are some of your recommendations for folks just starting out? Let me know in the comments. Happy Friday, and thanks so much for being here. xo