Her Campus Logo Her Campus Logo

It can be quite a daunting task when starting your first greenhouse garden as there are often many unanswered questions, such as what type of light does your room receive? How often are you able to water the plants? Do you have any planting experience? Below are five houseplants that are great for beginners and can ease your mind of the above questions.

Related Article: 7 Easiest Plants to Take Care of if you Don’t Have a Green Thumb

1. Marble Queen Pothos

The Marble Queen Pothos, or any type of pothos, is the perfect low-maintenance plant. They do well in low light areas, such as an office with fluorescent lighting, or in a room that receives a medium and indirect amount of natural light. In regard to watering, pothos tends to thrive with soil that is more on the dry side. Typically, watering is only required once a week or once every two weeks, and it is important to let the top several inches of soil dry out. Propagating pothos is also quite easy, and this can allow you to share your plants with friends and to continue to grow your own garden!

2. Snake Plant

Snake plants are also great beginner plants as they do not require a strict watering schedule and can typically be watered every few weeks. An additional benefit of snake plants is that they act as air purifiers and can remove certain toxins. Like pothos, they also enjoy indirect sunlight and can be propagated. 

Related Article: A Beginner’s Guide to Houseplants

3. Dracaena

Unlike the pothos and the snake plant, dracaena thrive in more of a moist soil. It is important to ensure that the soil maintains a proper level of moisture and is not overly soggy. This can be monitored through proper draining. By drilling a hole in the pot of the dracaena, and then testing the first few inches of the soil for moisture, you can then achieve this perfect balance. Regarding light, dracaena thrive in bright, filtered light, such as on a table by a window.

 4. Lucky Bamboo

Lucky bamboo is similar to dracaena as they share the same genus. Lucky bamboo can be planted in soil but can also live in water with marbles or stones. Regardless, the roots should be anchored in order to grow properly. If in soil, the soil should be kept moist, and if in water, it is then best to replace the water weekly. In regard to light, they do best in indirect light and in a more humid and tropical environment. Lucky bamboo is also a symbol of luck and prosperity!

 5. ZZ Plant

The ZZ Plant does best in medium to low indirect light and like other beginner plants, they do not require strict watering schedules. The soil in between waterings can dry out, and watering is only needed every two to three weeks. The foliage on ZZ plants is also quite unique as it is both bright and shiny. 

Related Article: The Best Low-Maintenance Houseplants for Beginners

Overall, the above plants are only a few of the options available to you when trying to start your garden. Hopefully, some of these plants prove to you of your green thumb, and that you are then able to spread the wealth of plants!

Kathleen Dwyer

George Mason University '23

Kathleen is a junior in the Honors College at George Mason University where she is majoring in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Development. Kathleen is originally from Haymarket, Virginia and is passionate about all things Disney. Outside of school, she is a Leadership Consultant at the LEAD Office on campus and enjoys to spend time with family and friends!
Similar Reads👯‍♀️