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A Beginner’s Guide to House Plants

A Beginner’s Guide to House Plants

Spring is the perfect time to start your journey on becoming a plant parent, and our ultimate beginner’s guide and recommendations will provide you with all the tips to get your green babies to thrive!

Apart from looking beautiful, plants also help purify the air and are known to have mood-boosting qualities. Once you find the perfect plant and learn the basics of plant care, you’ll start to notice the benefits that come with being a plant parent. 

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
spider plant in a brown woven hanging basket
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Don't worry, it has nothing to do with spiders! These plants are named so because of their spider-like leaves. They are great air-purifying plants, have medicinal properties, and are safe for pets. 

Spider plants can quickly adapt to various climatic conditions even if neglected for days; they're very independent. It's best to keep these plants in indirect sunlight, but they also grow well in low light. 

Snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
snake plant in a white pot with wooden stands
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If a prize could be awarded for the most indestructible plant, the snake plant would be a frontrunner. The snake plant is most recommend for beginners because they're difficult to kill. You only need to water them once every 2-3 weeks, making them ideal for those who can be forgetful. They also thrive in different lighting, from direct sunlight to low light. Be mindful of overwatering and freezing temperatures as these are the two things that will harm the snake plant. 

Like spider plants, snake plants also purify the air by removing toxic pollutants, and are effective against allergies. According to feng shui, a Chinese traditional practice that is essentially the interaction of humans and their environments, snake plants absorb negative energies of bitterness and jealousy.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
ZZ plant in a woven basket placed on a stool
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For a forgetful gardener or constant traveler, the ZZ plant is a great plant to have. It takes minimal effort to keep this plant alive as it can tolerate months of neglect and still look picture-perfect. What’s great about this plant is that it is recommended to leave them alone in a low-light area more often than caring for them. The only way you could kill the plant is by overwatering, so the less water, the better.

If you are working from home constantly, this is a must-have. One of its benefits is improving human brain functions like learning, decision making, thinking, and problem-solving. The extract roots of ZZ plants are also known for their traditional medicinal uses for inflammatory conditions. Like the first two plants mentioned, ZZ plants remove pollutants from the air. 

Remember that each plant is a unique living thing with different needs, so make sure you choose the best plant that best fits your lifestyle. 

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