Best beginner houseplants

It’s coming up on two years since I’ve started my plant journey and though I have quite a selection, I’ve also lost quite a few along the way. Here area few of my tried and true bad boys that you won’t be able to kill. Perfect for someone who wants to dip their toes in the jungle life but don’t know where to start. Here’s my list of my best beginner houseplants for when you want to start working on your indoor jungle, but don’t know where to start.

Thanksgiving cactus

The thanksgiving cactus is perfect because it doesn’t require too much watering, can survive drought well, and has beautiful flowers. My first cacti I accidentally over watered and it sat in mud for a few days before I saved it. It lost a couple small strands, but I saved some. I was doubtful after moving it to a terracotta pot with rough cacti mix, but over the summer it tripled in size. Around November it puts out tons of flowers and flowers sporadically throughout the winter. In the spring it gives off one last wave of flowers and then grows foliage for the summer. You can find them basically everywhere for sale around November and until the New Year, I got a few on clearance from my grocery store for a buck a piece.

Zz Plant

If you’re looking for something a little bigger but still easy to care for, then the ZZ Plant is perfect. It stores water in its stalk so it can go through droughts better. If you hold off on watering for a while they’ll slowly go limp after a few weeks, but once they come in contact with water, they plump right up. If you give them adequate waterings and enough sunlight, they have no problem putting out new growth.


A gorgeous addition to any household is a classic pothos. These are easily one of the easiest plants to keep alive, and to let thrive. They droop significantly when they need watering, then within hours they’re back the normal. With tons of different verigations you’re bound to come across one you’re into. You can train them the climb up or hang down. She’s a Vers queen. But she’s also a lethal queen to cats and dogs so watch out. Other than that she’s one of the best beginner houseplants. 

Snake Plant

The snake plant was one of the first plants that I got. Also, one of the simplest plants that I own. This is another one of our plant friends that don’t get along well with pets, unfortunately. I water mine when I see the leaves starting to look a little dull. They also require little light either, and the less light the less watering. Mine was one of the first plants that I got. I keep in a rather dark corner and water about once a month in the summer and only once in the winter. This probably isn’t the most optimal conditions, therefore growth is rather slow compared to the small one I have one the windowsill I water every couple weeks. Still, very gorgeous, and very hearty and great at just filling a space. 

Rubber Plant

These all iconic plants on this list, but there’s one that will always have a special place in my heart and that’s the rubber plant. With leaves this thick they hold a lot of water, so you don’t have to water often. They have beautiful variegations that looks almost like a watercolor. Given bright indirect light, these suckers grow fairly quickly for their size. If you see one don’t pass it up, unless you have pets, then pass it up because, ya know, toxic.

I hope this inspires you to try out some of my recommendations for best beginner houseplants and maybe get a couple on this list. Tag me on Instagram @grant.sperry if you have any. 💖🌱

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