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Plants are therapeutic. Whether grown indoors or outdoors, they provide a relaxed environment that’s known to reduce anxiety and stress. Caring for plants makes us feel connected to the plants and brings out a sense of responsibility, satisfaction, and purpose. Live plants have a way to liven up any room, garden or office. But how do you find a plant that’s easy to grow and maintain as a beginner? To begin with, here are a few tips to look out for:

  • What kind of garden do you have in mind? Do you wish to grow flowers, herbs, vegetables or a mixture of all? Having a plan is important before you decide the kind of plant you want.
  • How fertile is your soil? You can add organic matter which you can easily find to improve the quality of the soil. This is important whether you want indoor plants or outdoor plants.
  • How’s the weather like? Does it rain a lot? Different plant varieties require certain conditions to thrive.
  • You also need to find a plant with low maintenance and ones that can survive tough conditions.

Here are the best plants to grow for beginners.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is not only an easy plant to grow, but also beneficial to your health. Its leaves provide a healing gel that you can apply on cuts and burns.

These plants don’t require plenty of water and you can water them as little as once every two weeks. Only water the plant when the soil is completely dry. During winter, remember to bring the plant indoors since the frost will kill the plant.

Snake Plant

Snake plant is a hardy plant that’s easy to grow. It’s one of the best plants for beginners because of its low demands and maintenance. This plant requires occasional watering and can be grown in low light. Snake plants make a perfect houseplant because they are said to purify the air.

Lucky Bamboo

This is actually not bamboo but a plant that belongs to the Dracaena genus family. It’s a low-maintenance plant that grows in low light. The plants like indirect sunlight but not in a strict way. However, you’ll require filtered water because fluoride can cause the leaves to start browning around the tips.

Cactus

Cacti are succulent plants that can survive in adverse conditions. They rarely need watering and are ideal for those who forget to water their plants. These plants require well-drained soil and plenty of light. Cacti come in dozens of colors and sizes and it is up to you to choose what’s most appealing. The only thing to avoid is over watering cacti because this will kill them.

ZZ Plant

This is another group of hardy plants. ZZ plant can survive adverse weather conditions such as drought and you won’t have to worry about low light. ZZ plants can do pretty well without fertilizer but you can fertilize them once or twice a year. This tough plant can grow faster when placed in a bright spot, although the hot afternoon sunlight can burn the plant. ZZ plant has shiny, dark green leaves and they make a great showpiece for your office.

Shamrock

Another easy plant to grow and care for is the shamrock. These plants bloom yellow or white flowers throughout the year and have bright green leaves. Shamrock plants spread like a weed, especially if planted in the garden and are hard to kill. You can plant shamrock in a container and trim them as needed. They seem to thrive in a sunny spot and can survive with occasional watering.

Philodendron

If you’re looking for beautiful, yet hard to kill plants, try the philodendron. Known to survive up to a month without water, these viny plants can have a solid green color or variegated leaves. If handled well, philodendron can climb over anything you put it on. Just remember to keep the plant away from the hot direct afternoon sun to prevent it from being burned.

Rubber Plant

Rubber plant grows large and can make an impressive showpiece in any room. They need to be exposed to sufficient light and don’t require plenty of water. In fact, it’s advisable to allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Rubber plant is said to purify the air and the fact that it is easy to grow and maintain makes it one of the best plants for beginners.

Mint

Apart from being an herb, mint is a hardy plant that’s very easy to grow. And if you don’t watch out, mint can even take over your whole garden. Mint thrives in damp soil with good drainage, plus moderate shade to reduce the impact of heat from the sun. Since the stems, known as runners, tend to shout out from all directions, they require frequent trimming. To avoid this, plant them in pots where it’s much difficult for the ‘runners’ to escape. Other herbs worth trying out include basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley. You can easily grow them in pots on the patio or any other place that you prefer.

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