8 Easy-to-grow houseplants that you need to have

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We have posted and talked about the amazing benefits of houseplants and their role in mitigating indoor air pollution. But what if you’re one of those people who feels like they have a black thumb? As part of our recent conversation with Summer Rayne Oakes, we talked about some of the top easy-to-grow houseplants.

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The following is a post from Summer Rayne Oake’s website, HomesteadBrooklyn.com.

8 easy-to-grow houseplants

Plants are living creatures. If you don’t give them some level of soil, water, proper humidity and sun – and a little boost of nutrients from time-to-time, then chances are they won’t survive. It just so happens, however, that some plants are more resilient than others—making them far easier to care for. These are my top recommendations of plants that are best for beginners:

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)

Chinese evergreen is an attractive variegated foliage plant that grows well in low to medium light. I first got my Aglaonema for my bathroom so I could add some green to the last room in my house that was lacking foliage. The soil should be evenly moist but can survive bouts of dryness. It’s important to note that the plant has a sap that is an irritant, so it’s best to keep away from curious pets and children.

Snake Plants (Sansevieria sp.)

Snake plants are a tough, leathery succulent with sword-shape leaves that are either edged with yellow or mottled with gray spots and squiggles. They grow best in bright light but can tolerate low light conditions. Although I’m not a fan of the snake plant aesthetic, it is an incredibly resilient plant and encourage anyone who feels as if they have a “black thumb” to try growing this plant.

Zeezee plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

I first came across the Zeezee plant after asking my local horticulturist for a recommendation of a plant that can grow under my kitchen sink to hide the pipes from view. She naturally suggested the Snake plant (above) but asked her for an alternative and this was the winner. The Zeezee plant has fleshy, glossy leaves that look like wax. Like the Snake plant, it grows best in bright light but will tolerate low light. If you are someone who forgets to water plants, the Zeezee also prefers dry soil. Since bringing this plant into my home, a friend (who travels frequently) also bought one for his home, and both of us have great growth on our plants.

Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia sp.)

I purchased Dumbcane to hide the pipes of my bathroom sink and have been very pleased with its growth – since it is shrubby and shoots out multiple stems. Mine grows in low light, away from a North-facing window. It thrives in low to medium light. It derives it’s name – dumbcane – because it contains raphides, which can cause stinging and burning sensations in the mouth and throat, so be sure to wash your hands if you have to cut the plant and also be mindful around pets and children.

Schefflera (Schefflera sp.)

My mother has a Schefflera, which has been growing for over thirty years. This bushy, treelike plant with glossy, umbrella-like leaves enjoys bright light and is a strong grower. Five years ago I bought a Schefflera on the side of the street, which clearly had been compromised. I nursed it back to health and that’s when I realized how resilient these plants could be, particularly if you give them enough light and water.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants are fun plants to grow because they have a neat growing structure that makes them easy to propogate. Healthy plants often create stolons with plantlets at the ends, which give the plant a “spidery” look. You can grow the plants in hanging baskets or in pots. I have at least six of these in my house – growing in everything from indirect light to bright light.

Radiator Plant (Peperomia sp.)

Peperomias are small houseplants that are good in low or medium light, although I have one growing directly in a north-facing window. There are lots of Peperomia plants to choose from. I have one that has waxy, round leaves and I keep it covered with a glass case and rarely water it because the condensation that forms in the enclosed container surprisingly seems to provide enough moisture for the plant.

Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)

This is an incredible plant for beginners because as the name may indicate, this plant is virtually indestructible. It is extremely tolerant of low light conditions and irregular watering. The only thing that this hardy plant doesn’t seem to tolerate is direct sun, which bodes well for those of us who may not have big windows.

And after you get inspired to get some houseplants going, we highly recommend checking out Summer Rayne Oake’s book Sugar Detox Me: 100+ Recipes to Curb Cravings and Take Back Your Health! 

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3 Comments

  1. alanamautone@hotmail.com'
    Alana May 23, 2017 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    I have a snake plant which (well, plants that have grown from it, but the same rootstock never divided, just repotted) is 40 years old. They truly are indestructible. I have also had good luck with philodendrons.

  2. Jennifer@living5x5.com'
    Jennifer Dunham May 24, 2017 at 2:28 am -  Reply

    These are some great tips! I have not heard of some of these plants and will definitely be checking them out.

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