12 Best Houseplants for Beginners (Easy to Grow, Impossible to Kill Houseplants)

Are you looking for houseplants that are great for beginners? The best houseplants for beginners are houseplants that can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions and can tolerate abuse from their owners. These houseplants are resilient and will survive even if you forget to water them! Below is a list of the best houseplants for beginners.

Best houseplants for beginners
Best houseplants for beginners

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12 Best Houseplants for Beginners

1. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) is a low-maintenance, hard-to-kill houseplant. It is a beautiful succulent houseplant that is so easy to grow, that anyone can successfully grow it. Propagating Jade plants is also very easy. Jade plants are great for beginners. And since it is a succulent plant, you don’t need to water it very frequently so it’s also great for busy individuals. Jade Plants are also known to bring good luck.

Jade Plant
Jade Plant
NameJade Plant
Botanical NameCrassula ovata
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightMedium Light
WaterLow Water
HumidityLow Humidity
Jade Plant Houseplant Facts

2. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii)

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii) is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. It can tolerate very low light conditions– that’s why you see Lucky Bamboo plants everywhere such as windowless indoor spaces in homes, offices, receptionist desks, and next to cash registers in windowless stores. Lucky Bamboos are hard to kill and can take much abuse from its owner. As an added bonus, it is believed to bring good luck and prosperity

Lucky Bamboo
Lucky Bamboo
NameLucky Bamboo
Botanical NameDracaena braunii
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Indirect Light. Can Tolerate Low Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Lucky Bamboo Houseplant Facts

3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is an extremely easy-to-grow houseplant. It is a hard-to-kill houseplant that is perfect for beginners. Spider plants look great in any indoor space with their beautiful, grass-like leaves. It is a versatile houseplant that does well as a hanging houseplant with its cascading foliage or perched on a desk or bookshelf. Spider plant is an air purifying houseplant that will thrive in low light conditions. It is effective in cleaning the air and will remove formaldehyde from the air.

Spider Plant
Spider Plant
NameSpider Plant
Botanical NameChlorophytum comosum
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightMedium Light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityModerate Humidity
Spider Plant Houseplant Facts

4. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is so easy to grow that it is almost indestructible. It is a tough, low-maintenance houseplant known for its beautiful pointy and sword-like leaves. Snake plants can tolerate low light which makes them adaptable to most indoor spaces. It is also an air purifying plant. Snake plants will clean the air by removing air pollutants such as formaldehyde.

Snake Plant
Snake Plant
NameSnake Plant
Botanical NameSansevieria trifasciata
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, filtered Light but can tolerate low light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityTolerates dry air well
Snake Plant Houseplant Facts

5. Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata previously known as Dracaena reflexa)

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata previously known as Dracaena reflexa) is an easy-to-grow houseplant. It is a large houseplant with ribbon-like leaves. The good thing about Dragon Trees is that it is one of the few indoor trees that can tolerate medium/low light conditions. If you are looking for an easy-to-grow indoor tree, then the Dragon tree is your best bet. Dragon Tree is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity. Dragon Tree is also an air purifying plant. In a NASA research study, Dragon Tree is effective in removing trichloroethylene (TCE), Formaldehyde, and Benzene.

Dragon Tree
Dragon Tree
NameDragon Tree
Botanical NameDracaena marginata previously known as Dracaena reflexa
Daytime Temperature65 to 75F (18-24C)
Night Time Temperature55-65F (13-18C)
LightBright Indirect Light. Can Tolerate Medium Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityModerate Humidity
Dragon Tree Houseplant Facts

6. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a tough, easy-to-grow, low-maintenance houseplant. It is a popular houseplant known for its beautiful foliage with glossy, thick, fern-like leaves that are almost indestructible. 

ZZ Plant
ZZ Plant
NameZZ Plant
Botanical NameZamioculcas zamiifolia
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, filtered Light but can tolerate low light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityTolerates dry air well
ZZ Plant Houseplant Facts

7. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is a great houseplant for beginners. It is a low-maintenance houseplant that is almost impossible to kill. Pothos are very popular houseplants with beautiful, shiny heart-shaped leaves that look great dangling from a hanging basket or perched on a high bookshelf. Pothos is also great at cleaning indoor air. In a NASA research study, Pothos is effective in removing trichloroethylene (TCE), Formaldehyde, and Benzene from the air.

Pothos
Pothos
NamePothos
Botanical NameEpipremnum aureum
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright, Filtered Light or Artificial Light. Can Tolerate Medium Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Pothos Houseplant Facts

8. Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus)

Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus) is another houseplant that is great for beginners. It is a low-maintenance houseplant with beautiful silvery, green leaves. Impossible to kill, Satin Pothos are hanging houseplants and will look beautiful in a hanging basket or on a bookshelf. 

Satin Pothos
Satin Pothos
NameSatin Pothos
Botanical NameScindapsus pictus
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Indirect Light. Can Tolerate Medium Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Satin Pothos Houseplant Facts

9. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) is an easy-to-grow houseplant that is great for beginners and fun for families with kids. It is an interactive houseplant because when it gets dark the leaves of your Prayer plant will roll up. When you turn on the lights, the leaves will unroll and resume their regular flat position. Kids have a lot of fun tricking your prayer plant into rolling and unrolling its leaves by turning on and off the light. Plus the beautifully patterned leaves look great in any indoor space. It is a humid-loving plant that will do well in bathrooms.

Prayer Plant
Prayer Plant
NamePrayer Plant
Botanical NameMaranta leuconeura
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightFiltered Light. Can Tolerate Low Light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Prayer Plant Houseplant Facts

10. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

Monstera Plant or Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa) is a low-maintenance houseplant that is easy to grow. It is a beautiful houseplant that gives off a tropical jungle vibe and is often seen in the backdrop of Instagram-worthy photos. Just place your Monstera in a spot with bright indirect sunlight (no direct sun) and it will live happily. Be careful if you have small children and pets at home since Monstera Plants are toxic to humans and pets

Monstera Plant
Monstera Plant
NameSwiss Cheese Plant
Botanical NameMonstera deliciosa
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightBright Indirect Light (no direct sun)
WaterMedium Water
HumidityMedium Humidity
Monstera Plant Houseplant Facts

11. Hoya Carnosa (Hoya carnosa)

Hoya Carnosa (Hoya carnosa) or Wax Plants is an easy-to-grow, hard-to-kill houseplant that is perfect for beginners. It can tolerate low light which makes it an adaptable houseplant. Hoya Carnosa is a semi-succulent plant with thick, waxy leaves (hence the name Wax Plants!) If it’s happy in its environment, it will reward you with fragrant flowers year after year. 

Hoya Carnosa
Hoya Carnosa
NameHoya Carnosa
Botanical NameHoya carnosa
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightMedium Light
WaterModerate Water
HumidityLow Humidity
Hoya Carnosa Houseplant Facts

12. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) is an easy-to-grow houseplant that is great for beginners. It will thrive in low light conditions and can tolerate some neglect. Even if you forget to water your Peace Lily and it begins to wilt, you can revive it the next time you water it! Peace lilies are also known to be beneficial air cleaners– absorbing harmful acetone, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air. Be aware that your Peace Lily is toxic to pets and humans so keep it out of reach.

NamePeace Lily
Botanical NameSpathiphyllum spp.
Daytime Temperature70 to 80 F (21-26C)
Night Time Temperature60 to 70 F (15-21C)
LightMedium Light. Can tolerate low light.
WaterModerate Water
HumidityHigh Humidity
Air Purifying Plant Removes acetone, benzene, and formaldehyde
Peace Lily Houseplant Facts

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