…and what they need to thrive!
I started my “houseplant journey” over two years ago. The journey started small and tragic. I made all of the wrong mistakes, from pots without drainage to not enough light. Two years later I am doing pretty well with over 30 plants, which I do have trouble admitting, but here I am proclaiming it to the internet. My sun-room is my favorite place in my whole house.
Featured in this picture are some of my favorite plants, several of which are on my list of Beginner’s Plants below!
1. Pothos “Marble Queen”
Epipremnum Aureum or Marble Queen is an easy to grow and easy to love! Pothos are one of the simplest houseplants to grow in my experience. They aren’t fussy, they let you know when they need water, and they put new leaves out regularly!
Pothos, especially Marble Queen, are wonderful plants for beginners because they are so rewarding to grow.
Pothos can really take most types of lighting, but they thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. As for watering, they will begin to droop a little bit when they need water. I try to catch them just before they start drooping to keep them happy. I water when the first inch of soil is dried out.
You can easily propagate Pothos once they are more mature, but cutting off a length of leaves with a few leaf “nodes” (where the leaves come out of the stem), and letting it root in water. After a week or two, you will have a new rooted Pothos to spread the love or fill your own space!
2. Monstera Deliciosa
This simple, satisfying beauty will fill your space in no time. The Monstera is an eye catcher that grows swiftly. I just love the way a new leaf feels. Not even kidding. As soon as they open up, I can’t help but feel these soft, somewhat waxy, sometimes holey leaves. I currently have THREE new leaves on my Monstera. I have had this plant for at least a year, but this Spring has seriously sprung for it. It is simply thriving.
Monsteras are hardy growers. They can seriously grow to be several feet tall with leaves up to two feet wide… Mine is not there quite yet, although she’s trying.
As far as care goes, Monsteras like a well lit room. Medium to full sun is best for these tropical beauties. They also take up quite a bit of space, so while a roomy corner (like mine is in) will do, the more space the better. Mine seems to be quite happy where it is, so I haven’t moved it, but these can really be “statement plants” if you let them!
They require moderate water, but are forgiving if you skip a week or so as long as they are inside and not too “parched” from the beaming sun. When it is time to water, be sure to water thoroughly as these plants are native to rain-forests… they don’t mind a good drenching.
Over the years with this plant, I have found the best method for watering to either be a good rinse in the shower, sticking outside during a rain shower, or sticking it on the porch with a ready water hose. Basically, unless you have a very large sink, you’re going to need a bigger space to water thoroughly.
3. Tradescantia Zebrina
This vibrant beauty is a real eye catcher. Fortunately for plant lovers, all T. zebrina needs is some bright light and a good watering on occasion.
One of my favorite things about this plant, besides the plumage, is that they are so easy to propagate and are so fast growing. The lush arrangement that you see pictured above started with only 6 stems trimmed off of a friend’s plant (Becca, naturally, craft partner and fellow plant lady).
During the winter, I definitely bring this tropical plant inside. I keep it outside in the bright sun for more vibrant colors. During the spring, T. Zebrina will put out some nice understated pink or white flowers.
As for watering, during the summer or very warm season, frequent deep watering is recommended just to keep it from drying out too thoroughly. This plant is very forgiving and will usually bounce back from light wilting after a good watering.
4. Peperomia Prostrata
Peperomia prostratas are seriously some of my favorite houseplants. They are unusually eye-catching with their decorative succulent like tendrils.
My experience with these guys has been nothing but simple. I placed them in a Southern window and water deeply about once every 10-12 days. The only tricky thing I can think of with these lovelies is that you can’t exactly do the “check the soil with your finger” trick (there must be a better name for that) with how densely these usually grow.
I usually check if I need to water by lifting up the plant from the base to feel the weight. While you’re learning this trick, simply water deeply and immediately pick up the plant. You’ll notice how much it weighs when it’s saturated. Continue every couple of days at first, then every day until it is consistently light, now water and repeat until you get the hang of it!
I rotate my PP every two weeks or so to try to keep the foliage growing evenly. It doesn’t help that my husband knocks his head into this plant about once a day. The impact sends showers of those little baby turtles onto the floor. Luckily at this point, he has learned my favorite thing about this plant. Grab those little turtles up from the floor and toss them back into the plant! There is a good chance that they will root and start alllll over.
The last thing to remember about these Peperomias is that they do not do well in winter weather. They need to come in if it gets to the 40s. Not even spare little baby turtles can save you from frost.
I hope that this post will help any beginners who are afraid to try! There are more houseplant tips to come.