Best Houseplants for Beginners

Hard to kill plants for new plant parents

Have you been on the fence about becoming a #newplantparent? Not exactly sure where to start? Here at Good Dirt, we are telling you this is your sign you should dive into the world of plants and go for it!

Let’s develop that green thumb together.

What are beginner plants?

Beginner houseplants are low maintenance plants that are easy to grow. They thrive in tons of different places and can withstand some neglect, uneven temperatures, inconsistent or poor lighting, and the occasional missed watering day. 

Each plant will require specific watering and lighting needs that are required for them to live their best life… but these undemanding, beginner friendly houseplants are a great start!

Beginner Plants: Pros and Cons 

Sansevieria Plant

also known as Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s- Tongue


  • Extremely adaptable 
  • Can grow in low light conditions, even surviving in fluorescent lighting, which makes them versatile to be placed really anywhere 
  • Alright with irregular watering patterns 
  • Clean and filter indoor air by removing toxins 
  • Doesn’t grow very tall 


  • Doesn’t do well in direct sunlight 
  • Easily overwatered  
  • Toxic to pets if ingested

ZZ Plants


  • Prefers indirect light
  • Can survive low light conditions
  • Withstands lack of water: water once a month during the winter and once every three weeks during the summer
  • Purifies air


  • May irritate skin, so make sure to wash hands after contact
  • Only a few ZZ plant varieties to choose from

Pothos Plant


  • Many beautiful color varieties from shades of green to blue
  • Does well in almost any light, but best in low to bright indirect light conditions
  • Rarely has issue of root rot


  • Sunburnt in direct light 
  • Toxic to humans and pets if ingested

Ivy Plant


  • Bright light is best for this plant 
  • Easy to grow
  • Purifies air


  • Burns in direct sunlight 
  • Toxic to humans and pets if ingested

Rubber Tree


  • Purifies air 
  • Low-risk of contradicting disease
  • Many varieties 
  • If you’re looking for height it grows up to ten feet tall 


  • Sap is toxic to humans and pets if ingested, and can cause skin irritation
  • Temperamental with temperature changes
  • Grows between six to ten feet tall



  • Drought resistant, thrives in dry conditions 
  • Requires little attention 
  • So many unique varieties
  • Versatile and can be placed relatively anywhere


  • Easily overwatered
  • Requires at least eight hours of bright light a day
  • Needs well-drained soil

You may have noticed, but many of the cons are “easily overwatered,” as it is a common mistake with most plants. By using the Good Dirt Indoor Potting mix, you achieve the optimal balance of moisture and aeration for the ideal drainage. We always recommend planting in pot with drainage holes. Good Dirt Potting mixes have excellent nutrient holding capabilities. We recommend feeding the plants regularly with the Good Dirt Plant Food because there is no need need to water through as our plant food is low in soluble salts and will not burn the roots. The #1 reason plants die is overwatering. We recommend you err on the side of the dry vs. overwatering, because it’s easier to revive a dehydrated plant than to salvage an overwatered one that may be damaged by root rot. You can read more about water and how it affects the plant in Everything you Need to Know about Watering Plants.

Now that you are knowledgeable on these beginner plant types, it’s time to officially become a happy #newplantparent, and welcome your new plant-baby home!

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BogBits® are our proprietary recycled by-product of sustainably harvested peat moss. It provides the permanent porosity that plants need to breathe and roots to thrive.

On a trip to Canada, our founders encountered a naturally occurring phenomenon found in peat moss bogs — ‘sticks’ that could be broken down into a fiber for a new type of potting mix. A kind of mix that would provide a better balance of air space and water retention; a better home for roots to grow and form.

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BogBits are comprised of partially petrified peat from Canadian peat bogs. In years past, this by-product of peat moss harvest would have simply been discarded, or used to pave peat bog access roads.

Now, these BogBits have allowed us to create a rich, fluffy Soil Conditioner and Potting Mix with porosity unlike anything on the market.

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Many companies that add animal byproducts to their mixes or fertilizers are trying to balance the nutrients for plants. However, our Good Dirt Plant Food (included in our potting mixes, as well as sold separately for plant nutrition) does not need these ingredients. Our products are made from plants, for plants. The base of our plant food is derived from oilseed extract and contains everything Nature puts into a seed to reproduce the species. The natural oilseed extract contains NPK, trace elements, and all the organic compounds found in a seed, including all the essential plant amino acids.

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