If you have the green thumb, we envy you. If you don’t, welcome to the club. In fact, we both attempted to care for succulents once before — because they’re known as one of the easiest plants to care for — only to have them wither away within months. But we’re up for second chances. So whether you’ve got the green thumb or not, below are 5 eco-friendly houseplants for beginners that require little care. Bonus: they’re also budget-friendly!
5 Eco-Friendly Houseplants For Beginners
Benefits: Natural air purifier, low maintenance, low fertilizer needed (only a couple times per year), and eco-friendly
How To Care For Them: Compared to other ferns, Boston Ferns are the easiest to revive if they are ever nearly dead. A plant native to the tropics, they thrive in cool places between 68-78 degrees F with high humidity and indirect lighting. If kept in an environment with low humidity, the leaves will begin to turn yellow. When this happens, revive the fern by placing the fern in a pot filled with pebbles and water (here’s how). If you do not have a humid environment around your house, lightly spruce up your fern by misting it once or twice a week, as needed. As for the soil, keep it damp at all times. Make sure the water is properly drained throughout the soil so no particles are left behind.
Why We Love Them: If you’re looking to liven up your bathroom, you’ve found the winner. Bathrooms with bright lighting are great places to keep Boston Ferns because they provide the perfect amount of humidity.
HOYA CARNOSA VARIEGATA
Benefits: Natural air purifier, low maintenance, flowering plant, and eco-friendly
How To Care For Them: Hoya Carnosa Variegata plants do not require a lot of pampering — perfect for beginners looking for a low maintenance plant. They dislike being handled or touched. However, that doesn’t mean they should be neglected. They love to be in bright but indirect light, and in high humidity environments. Place them by the window for about 3-4 hours a day in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid direct sunlight. They don’t need much water to thrive and are best kept at room temperature (60-70 degrees in the summer and 50 degrees in the winter). Make sure you don’t overwater them or the leaves will turn brown. Trim the hoya occasionally as they are fast growing climbing plants.
Why We Love Them: If you’re looking for a home decor, the hoya is great because it blooms white and pink flowers in the spring and summer.
Benefits: Natural air purifier, low maintenance, tolerate dry conditions, low fertilizer needed, and eco-friendly
How To Care For Them: English Ivies are great houseplants for beginners because they attract very few pests. If pests do become a problem, simply wash them in a solution comprised of a gallon of water with a few drops of dish detergent. For delicate English Ivies, you can spray them with lukewarm water. When placing them indoors, they love shady areas with bright, indirect light. They thrive best in temperatures above 45 degrees F. Make sure they are kept away from drafts, open doors, or vents. In the beginning stages of their growth, English Ivies need moist soil. Once they have been well established and growing, they can begin to tolerate dryer conditions. They are vigorous growers that can climb everywhere if not maintained. Trim them back every so often to your desired length.
Why We Love Them: If you’re looking for a versatile plant, the English Ivy has got your back. It can be used as a hanging plant or used to climb along walls, fences or ground. It’s great for covering those unattractive spots outside of your home.
Benefits: Natural air purifier, pet friendly, drought tolerant, and eco-friendly
How To Care For Them: Echeveria Peacockii plants are slow growing plants; great for beginners because they don’t need to be trimmed often. Like most succulents, they enjoy bright indirect sunlight, but don’t need to be kept outside all year round. In the wintertime, they’ll thrive wonderfully when placed near the brightest window of your home and in 55-75 degrees F. Then when springtime rolls around, just be sure to gradually let them soak in the warm sun for about 3-4 hours a day when temperatures are in between 65-80 degrees F. When it gets too hot, take them back inside. We love that they are a drought tolerant plant; they don’t need to be watered daily, only when the soil dries up.
Why We Love Them: If you’re looking to build a succulent army, Echeverias can easily be propagated. Carefully trim off the leaves and plant them in another pot.
Benefits: Natural air purifier, drought tolerant, help increase room humidity, have been known to decrease symptoms of the common cold, and eco-friendly
How To Care For Them: Spider Plants are extremely adaptable and one of the easiest houseplants to care for because they can tolerate a lot of abuse and still thrive. All you need to do is provide them with well-drained soil, bright and indirect light, occasional pruning, fertilization twice a year, and kept in home temperatures between 65-80 degrees F. Although they are considered a drought-tolerant plant, it’s best to always keep the soil moist — but never soggy. We also recommend watering spider plants with distilled or rainwater to keep the leaves green and luscious.
Why We Love Them: If you’re looking for a fast growing plant, look no further. Spider Plants are known to grow very quickly and can get to about 3 feet tall.
Jennifer and Vivian