This post is going to walk you through 5 common house plants for beginners!

We will talk about how to take care of these plants and any other interesting facts about these plants including common problems! You will know all the basics about each of these plants by the end of this post!

1. Pothos

Pothos are one of the easiest and most common house plants around! This plant can withstand so much, including limited sunlight and limited watering! You can have these plants anywhere in your house and they will continue to thrive!

  • Sun Exposure – Pothos love bright, indirect light
    • However, they can tolerate low to medium indirect light.
  • Moisture Level – Water your pothos every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
  • Temperature – Keep your pothos in home temperature of 65 F – 75F degrees!
  • Size – Your pothos can grow to be up to 10 feet long!
  • Soil – Use a potting soil that promotes drainage so your pothos can dry out between waterings!

The most common problem people have with pothos is overwatering. You can tell your overwatering your pothos if you see the leaves turning yellow. These plants need to be dried out before you water them again! I know it seems crazy to only water it every 1 – 2 weeks! Trust me, your pothos will be so happy!

Note: Pothos are toxic to both cats and dogs! If you have a cat or dog, this may not be the plant for you!

2. Pilea

Pileas are also known as the Chinese money plant! They are native to Yunnan and other provinces in southern China. An interesting fact about pileas is that they can have babies! When your pilea sprouts a baby, you can plant that baby in another pot and give it to your friends or family! That is how I got my first pilea! These reasons make pileas extremely fun and common house plants!

  • Sun Exposure – Pileas prefer bright, indirect sunlight.
    • However, they can handle medium levels of light or even a couple hours of direct sunlight! They aren’t picky!
  • Moisture Level – Pileas like to be water once a week, allowing the topsoil to dry between waterings!
  • Temperature – Pileas will thrive in any temperature between 60F to 80F!
  • Size – Pileas can grow to be over 3 feet tall!
  • Soil – Use a potting soil that promotes drainage so your pilea can dry out between waterings!

The most common problems people have with pileas are overwatering and light/heat stress! If your pilea’s leaves start to droop down, you are overwatering. Allow the plant ample to dry out before water again. If your pilea’s leaves are curling inward and forming a cup, they are likely getting too much sun or heat. Place your pilea in an area that receives more indirect sunlight!

Note: Pileas are 100% pet safe and non toxic! So if you have any animals, this may be the plant for you!

A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house.

Beth Ditto

3. Monstera

This amazing plant is native to Central America. They can be big, small or anything in the middle. Monsteras have levels with holes in them for a reason! The holes allowed water to pass through so they could withstand heavy rainfall and wind! An interesting fact is that if your monstera in your home is producing leaves with lots of holes, that means your plant is extremely happy in its environment!

  • Sun Exposure – Monsteras prefer bright, indirect sunlight!
    • Avoid strong, direct sunlight because it can burn their leaves!
  • Moisture Level – Monstera’s like to be water once a week, allowing the topsoil to dry between waterings!
  • Temperature – Monstera grow best in any temperature between 60F to 80F!
  • Size – Monsteras can grow to be 10 to 15 feet tall!
  • Soil – Use a potting soil that promotes drainage so your monstera can dry out between waterings!

The most common problems people have with monsteras are overwatering from improper drainage. If you are having this problem, your monstera’s levels will turn yellow! You want to plant your monstera in a pot with a drainage hole so the soil is slightly moist. The overall look of the plant makes it popular among common house plants!

Note: Monsteras are slightly toxic to both cats and dogs! If you have a cat or dog, this may not be the plant for you!

4. Peace Lily

Peace lilies are tropical plants that are normally found on the floors of the rainforest! With enough light, they will produce bright, white flowers at the beginning of the summer time! These plants also thrive if you put them outside in a warm climate! An interesting fact about peace lilies is that they will tell you when they need to be watered! When your peace lilies leaves start to droop a little, (see the image below for an example) you know it is time to water it! This has allows peace lilies to be very popular among common house plants!

  • Sun Exposure – Peace lilies are a good choice for low light spaces. They can thrive in shaded areas!
  • Moisture Level – Peace lilies like to be watered around once a week! When your peace lilies leaves start to droop, water it!
  • Temperature – They thrive in a temperature range of 65F to 80F.
  • Size – Peace lilies can grow to around 16 inches tall!
  • Soil – Use a potting soil that promotes drainage so your peace lily can dry out between waterings!

The most common problems that occur with peace lilies are spider mites and too much light! If your peace lily’s leaves are turning yellow, this may be a sign that your plant is getting too much light! If your peace lily has little mites on it, simply wipe the leaves with water and spray with a plant friendly soap!

Note: Peace lilies are toxic to both cats and dogs! If you have a cat or dog, this may not be the plant for you!

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

Audrey Hepburn

5. Snake Plant

Snake plants, also known as Sansevierias, are my personal favorite among common house plants. They are extremely resilient and low maintenance. Snake plants are originally from the tropical parts of western Africa. An interesting fact about snake plants is that they are excellent air purifying plants! They perform a process called crassulacean acid metabolism, which allows them to release oxygen at night!

  • Sun Exposure – Snake plants thrive in very low light conditions.
  • Moisture Level – Snake plants do not need to be water often. Let the soil dry out completely before watering. This is usually around every 2 weeks. In the winter, only water your snake plant once a month.
  • Temperature – Snake plants prefer to be in temperatures anywhere above 50F.
  • Size – Snake plants can grow to be as tall as 12 feet! They do grow extremely slow.
  • Soil – Use a potting soil that promotes drainage so your snake plant can dry out between waterings!

The most common problem that occurs with snake plants is root rot. This is caused by overwatering. The roots of the snake plant will not be able to get the oxygen needed and will eventually begin to rot.

Note: Snake plants are toxic to both cats and dogs! If you have a cat or dog, this may not be the plant for you!

I hope this post have given you some information on common house plants for beginners! I also hope this post has inspired you to start your own journey in growing some of these common house plants and adding some green to your home!