House Plants for Beginners: According to Your Parenting Style

 

You’re ready to add a new member to your family: a houseplant. If this is your first time becoming a plant parent, you may be wondering where to start.  

Fear not! We made a list of houseplants for every plant parent style. Read on to find your perfect plant match! 

 

The Minimalist 

 

You don’t need anything fancy. You enjoy plants that are simple to care for and cute to admire. 

Sound like you? Then you should adopt a succulent! There are many types of succulents, so we chose one with the easiest care instructions and the cutest name. 

The Crassula Calico Kitten. 

This succulent loves sunlight, so be sure to place it in a bright windowsill! In fact, the only way to achieve this plant’s bright pink highlights is by placing it in direct sunlight! 

Water only when the soil is completely dry, or you notice the leaves are shriveling. When watering, make sure you water heavily in order to reach the roots. 

A dry climate is ideal for the Calico Kitten. No need to mist this dessert succulent. Fertilize your plant friend once in spring and once in summer to give it proper nutrition. 

 

The Hipster  

 

Aesthetic plants are all the rage when it comes to decorating your space! If you’re looking for a succulent with some attitude, consider: 

The Burro’s Tail (a.k.a Donkey’s Tail). 

With plump green vines that cascade out of the pot, the Burro’s tail is meant to be showcased either on a high shelf or from a hanging pot. The ideal spot for your plant is near a windowsill with lots of morning and midday light. Too much afternoon sun can scorch the leaves of your plant. 

Plant your Burro’s Tail in a gritty soil mixture, often used for cacti and succulents. Refrain from over-watering this succulent. It’s better to under-water than over-water with this drought-resistant plant. Water heavily about once a month during the warmer months, giving less water as the weather gets colder. 

 

The Reaper 

 

Do you kill every plant you touch? No worries, we have the perfect plant for you! 

The Spider Plant is popular among new plant parents for its never-ending patience and endurance. It also helps purify your air, another great perk! 

Place your spider plant in bright, indirect sunlight. Wait until your plant has dried out fully before watering. Too much water can cause the roots to rot. If you see browning on your plant’s leaves, use filtered water instead. 

The Spider plant prefers a humid environment. Mist your plant regularly or place it near a restroom or kitchen. Feed your plant fertilizer twice a month in spring and summer and make sure the soil is damp before feeding. 

 

The Over Water-er 

 

Are you prone to over-watering? Do you find yourself sneaking in extra water here and there only to find you drowned your precious plant? 

If this sounds like you, Baby’s Tears is your perfect match! 

With delicate, teardrop-shaped leaves, this tropical perennial LOVES water! Unlike succulents or other drought-resistant plants, your Baby’s Tears will appreciate the extra hydro boost. 

To best care for your plant, place it in low-light conditions. This includes indirect light from the sun or artificial lights used for growing plants. Because it prefers indirect light, Baby’s Tears are often planted indoors in standing pots or aesthetic garden chandeliers. 

To water, only hydrate your plant when the bottom soil is dry, or the leaves begin to wilt. Any commercial soil works fine.  

It’s recommended to place your plant in or near the restroom or kitchen where the air is more humid. If you live in a dry climate, grow your Baby’s Tears inside a terrarium! 

 

The Busy Bee 

 

Disclaimer: The ZZ plant may not be suitable for households with children and pets. All parts of the plant are poisonous, so make sure to wash your hands after handling it to avoid skin irritation. Contrary to rumors, this plant does not cause cancer. 

You’re a first-time plant parent, but you work a crazy schedule. You barely have time to enjoy your plant, let alone take care of it! 

Sound familiar? If so, adopt the ZZ plant (zamioculcas zamiifolia)! 

This Instagram-worthy tropical plant is low-maintenance despite its glossy beauty! Simply plant in well-drained soil and feed liquid houseplant fertilizer once a month when watering. Water when noticeably dry; however, you can miss a few watering sessions without worry. Place your ZZ plant in indirect sunlight for optimal results! 

 

The Budgeter 

 

Looking to bring wealth into your household? You’re in luck! 

The Money Tree (also known as Pachira aquatica) is known in Chinese culture to bring good luck and wealth during the Lunar New Year. However, this tree is native to Central and South America!  

Place your Money Tree in medium to bright indirect sunlight. Water your tree when the first 2-4 inches of soil are dry. Keep watering until excess water begins to drain from the bottom of the pot. Each time you water, rotate your plant in the sun to support even growth and leaf development.  

Mist your Money Tree regularly and use a humidifier during winter months to keep humidity high. Feed it well-balanced plant food once a month in the spring and summer at half the recommended strength. Fertilizer isn’t needed during the winter months, since the plant’s growth naturally slows during this time. 

 

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References: 

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