Neat counters with indoor plants in large and small pots beckon to decorate your interior with a lively and useful green accent. Even if you do not have a garden and experience in growing plants, you should not be afraid of landscaping the interior. Caring for indoor plants is not so difficult. If you are afraid of disappointment, try to start with the most reliable types. And that doesn’t always mean boring. There are many “predictable” and simple plants among the first beauties of flower shops.
10 best indoor plants for beginners
Difficulties in choosing indoor plants without experience
It is not easy to choose from hundreds of bushy, herbaceous, bushy, ampelous, cushion-like plants. But even without experience, it is easy to find the right landmarks.
The “buy what you like” principle is not entirely wrong. It is important to pay attention to practical parameters – the peculiarities of the place and the possibility of caring for the plants. But without experience, it is difficult to determine the entire range of acceptable characteristics. Choosing plants with your “heart”, you need to dwell on several candidates and clarify how capricious each of them is (and in what way).
When shopping for the first time, it is best to avoid plants that require:
- cool or special wintering;
- very high air humidity;
- strictly defined soil moisture:
- additional lighting;
- special care for flowering.
Often the hardest species are called the best plants for beginner growers, but they are quite boring. It is not necessary to be limited only to “grandmother” and “school” plants. Even among the plants popular today, there are many species that can be grown without any experience. They won’t stand up to extreme conditions, but they are simple enough even for beginners.
Phalaenopsis would not be so popular if they were difficult to grow. Light-loving and heat-loving, they require minimal maintenance – simple irrigation by immersion to saturate the substrate with water and rare dressings during the growing season.
Phalaenopsis (Phalaenopsis) Is a monopodial orchid with a two-row rosette of 4-6 large, dark green, dense, elongated oval leaves. Tall peduncles and numerous aerial roots appear between the leaves. In neat brushes are collected large, butterfly-like, elegant flowers that last up to three months.
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Unique representative of the Aroid zamiokulkas zamielistny (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), or dollar tree considered one of the best gift types. Moderate watering and any protected place with at least medium lighting is enough for him. Its dry air tolerance is amazing.
The huge elegant leaves of zamiokulkas grow in a rosette and outwardly resemble green twigs. But, in fact, a real leaf grows on a petiole up to 50 cm with a swollen base – unpaired pinnate, hard, straight, with shiny, oval, fleshy, slightly raised leaf lobes.
Read also our article Zamioculcas – dollar tree.
The swamp king got his nickname for a reason. With a fast-growing cyperus, you can not be afraid to overdo it with watering, it is easily controlled by pruning old leaves and takes root simply in the water – just lay the “umbrella” upside down on it. The main thing is not to dry out the substrate completely.
Tsiperus (Cyperus) Is an indoor relative of the legendary papyri. Straight hollow stems in the sod are crowned with a dense umbellate whorl of linear, grass-like leaves. The plant is sprawling, fountain-shaped, responsive to movements with a pleasant rustle.
Read also our article Tsiperus – unpretentious, but very moisture-loving.
Once classified as retro plants dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia) today surprise with their fashionable compact varieties. They forgive almost any misstep and require only basic grooming.
Unrestrained, with large, solid oval-pointed leaves, the plant surprises with hybrid varieties with unimaginable variations of variegated patterns. Juicy thick shoots with a growing point at the top are shortened in modern Dieffenbachia, they bush better. You can endlessly observe how, after unrolling the sheet, the next sheet rolled into a tube begins to grow from the middle.
Read also our article A Familiar Stranger Dieffenbachia.
5. Fat woman
The money tree’s ability to attract wealth remains a mythical fiction. But the status of the main indoor succulent is undeniable. In fact, caring for fat women comes down to rare watering and feeding.
This plant, besides the legendary fat women oval (Crassula ovata), can offer a considerable selection of various forms and species – densely leafy shrubs, small-leaved ground cover, rosette or tree-like. One thing is invariable: fleshy oval leaves that fall off easily.
Read also our article Why do the leaves fall from the money tree?
One of the most shade-tolerant indoor plants, aspidistra looks luxurious in any interior. She needs simple care, she forgives mistakes and requires only modest attention.
Aspidistra (Aspidistra) has creeping roots that allow it to form strikingly lush shrubs for decades. But she conquers with the beauty of large, oval-lanceolate, impeccably whole, up to half a meter in length, leaves with a matte texture. In varieties, the leaves seem to be dusted or decorated with splashes.
Among indoor giants, few can compete with cordilina in the choice of colors and cleanliness of forms. And for success, you just need to monitor the drying of the soil and find a bright place for it.
The most colored of false palms cordyline (Cordyline) became famous not so much for its thin, tough, gradually rising shoots, as for the beauty of its long lanceolate sessile leaves. Bright pink-purple patterns can be chosen to taste from decorative forms, species and varieties.
One of the most beautiful deciduous plants Spathiphyllum (Spathiphyllum) looks smart in almost any setting. If you take care of constant soil moisture and do not put the plant close to batteries, the bushes will become more luxuriant and beautiful.
Spathiphyllum is valued for growing bunches of basal, oval-lanceolate leaves with graceful veins. The plant is capable of relentlessly releasing cob-shaped inflorescences surrounded by white blankets. And a nice bonus – spathiphyllums bloom more abundantly in shade.
Read also our article Why do spathiphyllum leaves dry?
The favorite of trendy coffee shops and restaurants is appreciated for its brilliant appearance in every sense. But its unpretentiousness cannot be overlooked. If you place the anthurium in a bright place protected from direct sunlight and not expose it to extremes, it will delight you with its unusual inflorescences almost all year round.
Anthurium (Anthurium) captivates with shiny, matte or semi-matte, rounded or cordate leaves on strong petioles. The ears of the inflorescences are surrounded by bright bedspreads, often changing color as they bloom and surprising with spiral and corkscrew tips.
Read also our article Elegant mod anthurium.
Due to belonging to succulents, bright Kalanchoe Blossfeld (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) – the easiest crop to grow from the category of “living bouquets”. You can choose the color of the variety according to the mood and interior. The main thing is accurate watering, regular feeding and timely cutting of wilted inflorescences.
In Kalanchoe Blossfeld, in compact bushes, rounded leaves with a beautiful crenate edge emphasize dense shields of miniature simple or double flowers. Pink, orange, yellow, red shades turn the plant into a small spot of color. Kalanchoe is capable of blooming all year round, at least from the beginning of winter to mid-summer.
Read also our article What to do to make the Kalanchoe bloom longer?
Cultures that are also good for beginners
If none of the above plants impressed you, pay attention to:
- sansevieria ;;
- rubber ficus;
- ficus Benjamin;
- deciduous begonia;
- rosette types and varieties of aloe;
Simple rules to avoid disappointment
It is believed that disappointment cannot be avoided with indoor plants at first. But in floriculture, you can learn not only from mistakes. You can achieve success without experience if you adhere to three simple rules:
- Careful acquaintance with the plant is a guarantee of proper care. If, when buying, you find out everything you need – the type, basic recommendations for the selection of a place and care, possible difficulties, and then follow the instructions, it is difficult to make serious mistakes. Great helpers are pot tags and labels, plant cards and magazines.
- Quarantine is a guarantee of plant protection. Once purchased, the plant needs to be gently adapted to the new home. It is not placed in a permanent place, but separately, in intermediate conditions with soft lighting and temperatures. Even if the plant is sick or infected, any problems will manifest within 1-2 weeks.
- Doing it carefully and not overdoing it is better than making a mistake. When hesitating when looking for a place, you should always choose softer lighting and temperatures. Underfilling is better than stagnant water, and an excess of fertilizer is much more dangerous if not fed. The only exception is cleanliness. It is better to be careful in removing dust from leaves.
Keeping track of plant and soil conditions is the best guarantee that you are doing everything right. Inspection of leaves and shoots, checking the degree of drying out of the soil only at first glance seem like unnecessary trouble. These procedures require minimal effort, but they allow you to take care of the plant “according to its needs” and quickly notice problems.