Calling All Beginner Plant Moms! Here Are The 7 Plants You Need ASAP

Indoor plants are all the rage right now. They’ll add a quick boho-chic aesthetic to any living space, and they come loaded with health benefits — plus, buying from a local nursery is a great way to support small businesses! Indoor plants improve your home’s air quality by removing toxins and producing oxygen, and have been known to help reduce stress, fatigue, and colds. 
Bringing plants into your home for the first time can seem daunting if you’ve never been a plant mom before. You’ll probably find yourself wondering what kind of plants can survive indoors, how much water and sunlight they’ll need, and if they’re safe for your pets. There are plenty of tools out there to help you out, like this soil moisture meter to check the hydration of your soil, or Planta, an app that takes the guesswork out of plant care. This means there’s no reason to be scared away from achieving your jungle-home dreams! Here’s an overview of the best beginner indoor plants for every home environment.




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Best Plant for Low Light

ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia): The ZZ plant is aptly named – it’s pretty relaxed and requires very little care! This little guy handles low-light conditions well and is very drought tolerant. Just make sure it doesn’t go too long with dry soil, and add some liquid fertilizer to it monthly to keep it happy. The one downside of the ZZ plant is that it’s toxic. This means it’s not pet-safe (or curious child-safe) and you should always wash your hands after handling it. 
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Best Plant Even You Can’t Kill

Snake plant: Snake plants are pretty hard to kill, as they’re very tolerant of neglect. Just make sure they get some indirect sunlight, are potted in soil with good drainage, and let them dry out a bit between waterings. You’ll probably find your snake plant needs to be watered less than monthly, making them the perfect plant child for your busy lifestyle! 
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Best Plant for Small Spaces

Peperomia plant: Peperomia plants are perfect for adding a bit of living decor to your desktop or other small space. They can last for a while in small pots with ample drainage and they don’t need frequent watering – in fact, it’s best to let them dry out a bit between waterings. They need medium to bright light, and do well with 12-16 hours of artificial light. Peperomia plants also come in a variety of looks, so you could have multiple plants that stay on relatively the same care schedule.
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Best Plant for Tall Ceilings

Yucca plant: Tall yucca trees are perfect for adding a leafy green touch to any room with a high ceiling. They do best in full, bright sunlight. It’s better to neglect them than shower them with attention – this desert-adapted plant is more likely to suffer from overwatering than drought. Give them some well-draining soil and repot every other year, and this plant will be loyal to you and your home for years to come.
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Best Plant for Bathrooms and High-Humidity Rooms

Chinese Evergreen: A Chinese evergreen plant would be right at home in your bathroom. They love warm and humid environments. Though they do need some sunlight (all plants do!) they’re pretty tolerant of shady and low-light conditions, which makes them perfect for bathrooms with smaller windows.
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Best Plant if You Travel a Lot

Pothos plant: The pothos plant is another plant known for its air-purifying qualities. It’s fairly low-maintenance and needs only sporadic watering, and is tolerant of different types of soil. Place it near windows but not in direct light. The best part about pothos plants is that you don’t have to worry about them withering away during your next vacation – they’ll be perfectly happy while waiting for you to get back.
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Best Nontoxic Plant for Pets

Cast-iron plant: Nobody wants their fur babies chewing on their house plants, mostly because some plants can make your pets really sick when ingested. You won’t have to worry about accidental illness with a cast-iron plant, as they’re totally non-toxic. These plants are also known for being practically indestructible. They’re very tolerant of low-light conditions and actually prefer the shade, as direct sunlight burns their leaves. They do best with infrequent watering.

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