Due to the Coronavirus, we’ve all had to spend more time inside, and less time in nature. So how about bringing nature inside with some plants? Here are three of the best plants that are great for beginners to get you started with your indoor jungle.
ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
This has to be one of the hardest plants to kill, which makes them the perfect first plant for a beginner.
They tolerate neglect. They can survive in places that have no natural light, only artificial. And they also don’t mind dry soil for long periods of time, so they are great for those that don’t have time to constantly check the soil to see if the plant needs watering. They do grow slowly, which can be a bummer for some. However, they are toxic, so if you find a place out of reach for children and animals, you don’t have to move it any time soon. The ZZ plant is also great for purifying the air, according to a study made by NASA.
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
This one is great for those who want a plant that grows fast yet isn’t a hassle to keep alive.
This plant can thrive in a variety of environments, doing just as well in a darker room as they do somewhere with more light. Be careful though, do not place your Pothos in direct sunlight as this will burn the leaves. If you have a variegated plant, however, there is a chance that they will lose their variegation if kept in low light, or it could grow more slowly. This is because only the green parts of the plant produce energy for growth, so if it has a lot of light it can grow at a fast pace, if not, it will become greener to create more energy.
You can also keep your pothos in a pot with soil or a vase with water, it grows well in both. This means that if you place a cutting of your plant in water you can leave it there if you wish, it will continue to create new leaves. All you have to do in that situation is make sure you change the water from time to time or top it up when it’s needed. If you plant your pothos in pot, know that it can tolerate periods of dry soil, so there is no need to water it very often.
Be aware, this plant is toxic for animals, so keep out of reach. It’s recommended to ensure children can’t get to it either.
Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgessii)
This is a plant that many people know well. It was my first plant, but I was very familiar with it already, since both my grandmother and mother had one in their homes.
The name of the plant comes from the fact that it flowers during the winter holiday period. Being easy to care for, but also to propagate, makes the plant a great gift as well.
The plant does well in low light conditions, but more light will help with blooming. Unlike a normal cactus, the Christmas cactus requires moisture and more water. Do not let the soil dry out completely between watering, but make sure that the plant is not sitting in water, as that will lead to root rot. It should be placed in a room where the temperature is between 15 to 21 degrees, and it requires humidity, so spray its leaves from time to time, or put a tray of pebbles underneath the pot.