Have you been wanting to hop on the plant parent train? For many, interest in plant growing piqued during the pandemic as plants are actually very good for the mental health and we were all stuck inside. There are several reasons for wanting to get houseplants; to add some color to your decor, air purifying, reduce anxiety, sharpen your attention, and many more.
Whatever your reasons, it's important to know where to start. If you are not familiar with much houseplant care don't just immediately buy the first pretty plant you see. Plants have levels of difficulty in care, kind of like video games. As a beginner, you should start at level one. See what you're like as a plant parent, are you an over-waterer or an under-waterer? Do you forget them or check on them often? If you don't know the answers to these yet, it is a good idea to start with easier plants.
So what are the best Houseplants for beginners?
I'm sure you've heard of several of these, and for good reason.
I'm using the general term "Pothos" as there are several different types. The most common is Golden Pothos. This is definitely a great starting plant. No special soil or specific care needed. Regular houseplant mix works great and just make sure there's a drainage hole. It's a very forgiving plant as it can tolerate overwatering and underwatering for a time. Please note that I said "for a time", it doesn't matter what plant it is, if you over or under water it for too long it will die.
There are a lot of other level 1 options for beginners.
What makes a houseplant easy to care for? Their ability to bounce back from neglect and how "easy-going" they are about their environment.
How many should I start with? It's safe to start with one or two. If you want more than that it's a good idea to pick ones with the same care needs so it's easier to remember. Then once you get the hang of it, feel free to branch out. Don't forget to do your research on the needs of the plants you choose. Just like pets, you need to know what you are getting into before it's too late.