The Best Houseplants for Beginners

Written by: Ava MacLean



Time to read 5 min

Embarking on your houseplant journey as a beginner is an exciting and rewarding experience.

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Adding houseplants to your living space not only enhances the aesthetics but also brings numerous benefits. From purifying the air to reducing stress levels, houseplants can transform your home into a tranquil sanctuary. However, for beginners, it can be overwhelming to navigate the vast array of options. Don't fret! In this blog, we'll explore some of the best houseplants for beginners. Let's dive in and discover the perfect green companions for your home!

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii):

The peace lily is a popular choice for beginners due to its ability to adapt to various lighting conditions, including low light. Its attractive, dark green leaves contrast beautifully with the striking white flowers that emerge above the foliage. Peace lilies are also known for their air-purifying qualities and can help combat indoor pollutants.

Peace Lily from Interior Seed & Fertilizer Garden Center i Cranbrook BC
Image from Interior Seed & Fertilizer Garden center in Cranbrook BC

Cactus (Cactaceae):

Cacti are an excellent choice for beginner houseplant owners due to their resilience and low maintenance needs. These hardy plants are native to arid regions, meaning they've adapted to survive in conditions that many other plants would find challenging. Cacti require minimal watering - in fact, overwatering is a common mistake that can harm them. Their need for sunlight can generally be met in most indoor settings, but they will appreciate a sunny window. In addition, cacti come in an array of shapes, sizes, and colors, offering aesthetic variety to suit any interior decor. The slow-growing nature of these plants is also a plus, as it requires less frequent repotting.

A Cactus trio available at Interior Seed and Fertilizer in Cranbrook BC
A cactus trio, available at Interior Seed & Fertilizer Garden Center in Cranbrook BC

"Owning houseplants can enhance the aesthetic appeal of a living space, improve air quality, provide a calming hobby, and offer a rewarding sense of accomplishment as one nurtures a living thing and watches it grow.”

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata):

Jade plants are a wonderful choice for those new to the realm of houseplants, largely due to their hardiness and minimal care requirements. They are succulents, which means they can store water in their leaves, stems, and roots, allowing them to tolerate periods of neglect or forgetfulness when it comes to watering. Jade plants prefer bright light, but they are also quite adaptable to less ideal conditions, such as lower light levels. Additionally, these plants are known for their slow-growing nature, meaning they do not require frequent repotting. Perhaps most appealing is their aesthetic charm, with glossy green leaves and a tree-like structure that can add a touch of natural beauty to any indoor space. Over time, with proper care, jade plants can grow into large, impressive specimens, providing new plant owners a rewarding sense of accomplishment.

A Jade plant sits on a shelf among various tropical plants at Interior Seed & Fertilizer in Cranbrook BC

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata):

Snake plants, also known as Sansevieria or Mother-in-law's Tongue, are fantastic for beginner houseplant owners due to their robust nature and low maintenance requirements.

These plants are remarkably tolerant and can withstand a wide range of environmental conditions, making them an ideal choice for those just starting on their plant care journey. Snake plants are highly adaptable when it comes to light, able to thrive in anything from low light to direct sunlight, giving owners flexibility in where to place them. Additionally, they are quite forgiving when it comes to watering. As a type of succulent, they can store water in their leaves and survive periods of neglect or sporadic watering schedules, which is a boon for busy or forgetful plant owners.

In addition to their ease of care, snake plants also offer several other benefits that make them appealing to beginners. Firstly, they are renowned for their air-purifying qualities. According to NASA's Clean Air Study, snake plants are capable of filtering indoor air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde, thereby improving the indoor air quality. Secondly, snake plants come in a variety of sizes and shapes, with tall, upright leaves that can provide a striking architectural element to any indoor space. Lastly, these plants are known for their durability and longevity. They can survive, and even thrive, in conditions that many other houseplants would find challenging.

A large  potted snake plant is featured at Interior Seed & Fertilizer in Cranbrook BC


Ferns make a fantastic choice for novice houseplant owners for several reasons. Their lush, feathery fronds can instantly enhance the aesthetics of any indoor space, providing a sense of tranquility and connection to nature. Ferns are generally undemanding and can thrive in indirect light, which makes them suitable for rooms with less sunlight. They like consistent moisture but aren't overly sensitive to occasional over or under-watering, which can be a common mistake for beginners. Ferns also have the advantage of being excellent air purifiers, helping to improve indoor air quality by removing toxins. Moreover, there's a wide variety of ferns available, from the delicate maidenhair fern to the hardy Boston fern, allowing new plant owners to choose a species that suits their preference and living conditions.

Fern frons brush against a wall at Interior Seed & Fertilizer in Cranbrook BC

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum):

Pothos, with its heart-shaped leaves, is a fantastic choice for beginners seeking a trailing plant. Pothos, or Devil's Ivy, is an exceptional houseplant for beginners owing to its high adaptability and low-maintenance requirements. Renowned for its hardiness, the pothos plant can thrive in a variety of indoor conditions, from low light areas to brighter spaces. This versatility makes it an ideal choice for those new to plant care or for spaces that can't provide a lot of sunlight. 

Additionally, pothos are forgiving when it comes to watering, able to tolerate occasional over or under-watering, although they do best with a moderate watering routine. They are also known for their air-purifying qualities, helping to improve the indoor air quality by filtering out certain toxins. Moreover, the vine-like growth pattern of pothos adds a lush, tropical aesthetic to any room and can be an attractive hanging or climbing addition. Their rapid growth gives the beginner a rewarding experience and a sense of accomplishment. The ease of propagation also allows beginners to multiply their plant collection without much fuss.

With cascading vines that can be trained to climb or left to trail down from hanging baskets, Pothos add a touch of lushness to any space.

Beautiful variegated pothos hangs from a basket at Interior Seed & Fertilizer in Cranbrook BC, with seed racks in the background.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia):

The ZZ plant is a hardy and resilient plant that can thrive in low-light conditions, making it perfect for beginners with limited access to natural light. Its glossy, dark green leaves emerge from thick, fleshy stems, giving it a unique and exotic appearance. ZZ plants have the added advantage of being drought-tolerant, requiring less frequent watering.

A Raven ZZ house plant is featured at Interior Seed & Fertilizer Garden Center

Embarking on your houseplant journey as a beginner is an exciting and rewarding experience. By selecting resilient and low-maintenance plants, such as the spider plant, snake plant, pothos, ZZ plant, peace lily, and cactus, you'll set yourself up for success.

These houseplants are forgiving, adaptable, and come with an array of benefits, from purifying the air to adding a touch of green beauty to your living space. Start greening your home today and reap the joys of nurturing your own personal oasis!