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5 Best Houseplants for First Time Plant Parents

May 10th, 2023

As the Spring season unfolds, many people are turning to indoor gardening as a way to connect with nature and brighten up their homes. If you are a first-time plant parent, you may feel overwhelmed with all the options available. For us, every tree we added to our plant nursery was a new challenge, but overtime we learned the likes and dislikes of each plant and which plants require a little less TLC than others. That’s why today we put together a list of five houseplants that are perfect for beginners.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily in Pot

First up on our list is the peace lily, a beautiful and easy-to-care-for houseplant that thrives in low to medium light conditions. Most love the plant for its glossy leaves and white flowers, but once you learn to understand the peace lily, it can also be a really easy plant to care for. By watering your peace lily about once a week or when you notice its soil is dry and leaving it in a spot where it can get filtered sunlight throughout the day, it’ll be sure to thrive in no time. Plus, 

symbolically, the Peace Lily represents tranquility, making it a perfect addition to any room in your home.


Gardenia in Pot

The gardenia is a fragrant and elegant houseplant that produces beautiful white flowers. This plant needs full sun to light shade and consistent moisture, making it one of the more high maintenance plants on this list, but it can still be a great plant choice for new plant parents. As long as you have a sunny spot in your home and have time to water your plant about twice a week, you will be a wonderful caretaker to your Gardenia. The Gardenia is also said to symbolize love and purity, making it a perfect gift tree for a loved one.

Lemon Button Fern

Lemon Button Fern

In general, ferns are a great choice for new plant owners. Ferns are one of the oldest plant groups and are known for their vigor and vitality. The Lemon Button Fern is a houseplant we love for its ability to add texture and light to any dark space. Its name comes from its small, lemon-shaped leaves, which give it a distinct appearance. This fern prefers medium, indirect light and high humidity, making it a great choice for bathrooms or kitchens. We suggest watering it about once a week to keep its soil consistently moist and adding a diluted liquid fern fertilizer every few months for some extra minerals and nutrients. 

Dracaena Dorado

Dracaena Dorado in Pot

The Dracaena Dorado is a vibrant and easy-to-care-for houseplant that is perfect for beginners. Its long, narrow leaves add a touch of tropical flair to any room, and it does well in low to medium light conditions. If your Dracaena is in too bright of sunshine, the sun might scorch and bleach its leaves. So this plant is great for dimmer rooms and apartments. The Dracaena are also drought resistant which means they don’t need to be watered too often. We suggest watering when 50%-75% of the soil is dry and until the water flows through the bottom drainage holes of your pot. The Dracaena is said to symbolize strength and resilience, making it a perfect gift for someone going through a tough time.

Lemon Tree

Meyer Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree is a classic houseplant that produces fresh and fragrant lemons throughout the year. With bright light and a once a week watering, it can thrive in your home for many years. We suggest finding the brightest place in your house for your lemon tree and to water if the soil is dry 2 inches below the surface. The Lemon Tree is said to symbolize prosperity and good fortune, making it a great gift tree for someone starting a new chapter in their life.

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