The best houseplants for novice gardeners and their care – from spider plants to pea lilies

We’ve put together a list of eight easy-to-grow houseplants for novice gardeners and some tips for caring for them.

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These are the best houseplants for novice gardeners. (Image source: Gary Longbottom)

Latin name: Rhapis excelsa

Female palms can grow up to four feet tall in multi-stemmed nodules with bright, palm-evergreen leaves that can be divided into broad segments.

The plant has won the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in the UK.

It thrives in indoor temperatures between 16 and 27 degrees, making it perfect for sitting on the windowsill. It tolerates low light conditions and requires only indirect sunlight.

The palm should be watered when the soil is touch dry, during the spring and summer seasons.

Immerse the soil in water until it comes out of the drain holes at the bottom of the pot, then empty the saucer under the pot after 20-30 minutes.

Fertilizer applied to the plant monthly from April to September is preferred; use houseplant fertilizer and dilute to half its strength.

Latin name: Albuca spiralis

This plant is native to the provinces of South Africa, Western and Northern Cape.

Most people have never heard or seen of this plant. It has special corkscrew-shaped leaves and a central flower with yellow and green hanging flowers on each stem in late winter, early spring. It is dormant in summer and grows to a height of 20 cm.

To care for the plant, in the spring 8-10 cm deep bulbs should be planted every day in a well-drained, fertilized soil.

In a pot containing potted compost, add sharp sand and leaf mold, then water moderately when the bulbs have grown, and add a balanced liquid fertilizer every month. Keep the bulbs dry during the dormancy period.

There are more than 1,500 species of radiator plants, found mainly in Central and North America and all tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

Like a cactus, this multi-colored plant holds water in its stems and leaves, making it resistant to dry conditions.

Provide medium or full sunlight and occasional watering when operating the radiator.

Each time you water this plant, make sure the soil is completely dry and avoid overwatering the plant. It does not require fertilizer.

Latin name: Epipremnum aureum

The potted plant is considered by gardeners to be one of the easiest houseplants to care for.

These plants enjoy a varied environment; they develop well in both strong, indirect light and low light, and can be grown in dry soil or vases.

Water the plant every one or two weeks while allowing it to dry; watered more regularly in stronger light and less frequently in weaker light.

Most of these houseplants prefer temperatures between 18 and 30 C and ensure that they are away from all pets, as golden pothos can irritate cats, dogs and humans if they consume foliage.

Latin name: Chlorophytum comosum

Also known as the spider amber, this plant is an evergreen species, native to tropical and South African regions, but also grown in other parts of the world.

Spider plants are easy to grow as they require very little maintenance; they don’t need a lot of water and don’t have to prune or fertilize to thrive.

The plant can withstand a wide variety of environments, making it the perfect starting plant for novice gardeners.

Just make sure you provide them with well-drained soil and strong indirect light and they will grow. Water well, but not so much as to get too wet, as this can lead to rotten roots.

Spider plants prefer dry conditions between waterings, and keep in mind that the plant thrives at cooler temperatures between 13 and 18 ° C.

Latin name: Oxalis trianularis

This plant is grown more in bright shade. It responds to light levels, opens during the day and closes its leaves at night.

They bloom under average room conditions, making it easier to care for them; all you have to do is water the plant regularly and place it in indirect light.

Latin name: Spathiphyllum wallisii

This perennial plant has long-lasting flowers and has an air-purifying effect, which means it removes some pollutants and chemicals from the air in your home.

They can have a life expectancy of up to 10 years and survive in the darkest parts of the house.

Its flowers usually last up to five weeks and visually alert you when it’s time for water.

The plant should be watered regularly, the compost should be kept moist but not wet. In the spring and summer seasons, feed the plant every two weeks with liquid homemade plant food.

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