Ask any gardener, and they will tell you how they accidentally killed their first few plants. It is very common for amateur gardeners and plant owners to kill their first few plants and become discouraged. These new gardeners will often not recognize that different types of plants can require vastly different care, leading to amateur gardeners accidentally overwatering or incorrectly potting their plants. Uniqueka Davis McKinney understands the difficulties many new gardeners face and hopes to share her knowledge that she has accumulated from many years as a gardener. Below, Uniqueka Davis McKinney will share the best indoor plants for beginner gardeners and advice on how to best care for these plants.
Also called hen & chicken plants or ribbon plants, spider plants are often regarded as the best houseplant for first-time gardeners. Spider plants are famous for being low maintenance and incredibly easy to grow. Spider plants feature long green leaves with cream and white detail that grow from a central base point. These elegant plants do well in a number of environments, including hanging baskets, tables, and selves, and do not require direct sunlight. While these plants require some time to “settle,” they are notoriously tough and require minimal watering.
Wandering Jew Plant
Another plant that is difficult to kill is the wandering jew plant. Native to Mexico, this plant is a flowering plant that blooms white, pink, and purple in the spring and early summer. The wandering Jew is an excellent hanging basket plant as it loves to grow downward, but it can also be placed on a high shelf. This plant does prefer high humidity levels and must have consistently moist soil. The wandering jew plant is most commonly identified by its striped leaves and beautiful blossoms.
One of the most popular plants in the world, today, there are over 1,000 species of peperomia plants alone. Of these thousands of species, the two most common household varieties of peperomia plants are peperomia caperata and p argyreia. Peperomia plants do well when they are planted in a mixture of soil and gravel, which helps oxygen to more easily reach the plant’s roots. While peperomia plants are difficult to kill, these plants do best in medium to low light and should be watered when 5 inches of soil lose moisture.