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Indoor plants for beginners

Hi there! A few days ago I collated a blog post on ways you can use plants to decorate your home. Today I thought I’d share an image I put together on some indoor plants for beginners. These would be my favourite plants and I have a few myself.

The Mother-in-law’s Tongue (or snake plant) and the Zanzibar Gem are probably the easiest to look after. They will survive in low-light and don’t need a lot of watering. I have not killed one of these yet!

I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs with the Fiddle Leaf Fig. You can read a couple of posts on them here (how to care for them) and here (resurrection of a dead one). I currently have 3 surviving Fiddle’s in my home.

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You can grow your own Yuccas – just grab a baby pup off the side of an existing one and put it in some water until it grows roots and then put it back in to the ground. They look great as a feature in a vase while the roots are forming. I wrote a post about how to bring the outside in and included a DIY terraruim. It includes using Yuccas in a vase.

I have lots of the succulents. They are easy to look after and you can grow these from cuttings. I wrote a post on how often you should water succulents here. I also have a Jade plant inside my front door. It’s known as a money plant. If you’re in to Feng Shui, then this plant is a good one to have around!

I haven’t had a lot of success with the ferns. I don’t have a lot of light inside my home (where I would usually place a plant), so they would be best suited to an area of your house with lots of sunlight.

So there we go! A handy list for you when you’re next visiting the nursery.

Have you got indoor plants? Which ones work best for you?

About the author
Lover of interior design, indoor plants, essential oils, low tox cleaning. Living with Crohn’s disease & colostomy bag. Mum to 3 boys.


    1. I can do that – as a starter though you could look at the large mother-in-law’s tongue (or buy a couple to fill the pot), a topiary ficus, bamboo palm, or a large agave? X

  1. Katrina I’d love to have a plant inside my front door that can stand in a pot on the ground and have a bit of height. Do the money plants get very big/do you have a photo of yours? Also I need a small plant for my bedroom but it gets the western sun in afternoon…do u know if there’s a particular type of plant that would survive that? Thanks, loved this info about indoor plants!!

  2. Katrina I’m so indoor plant addicted! Absolutely love them! Have a Zanzibar, Fiddle fig and mothers in laws tongue…plus a little hanging fern. Definitely make a room more homey!

  3. My fiddle leaf fig and zanzibar gem are going great guns. Every succulent I have had has died and my maiden hair fern didn’t survive either. Might get me a jade plant.

  4. I have a few of the plants that you mention. But my favourite is my Parlour Palm. This is another easy one to look after.

  5. I’m pretty good with indoor plants except for the peace lily. I’ve tried several times, and they always die.

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