Story by Micaela Arnett / December 22, 2021

The Beginner House Planter: Pothos and Succulents

Known as the most easygoing house plant of them all, this plant needs little attention. A pothos can thrive in almost any environment because it will grow in low light with little water;  a foolproof way to bring some greenery into the home long-term.

Propogate cuttings of your pothos and create multiple winding vines that can grow as long as 40 feet. Place your vines along a window sill or hang them on a floating shelf to encourage the vines to wrap around their surroundings. Sit this house plant in sun or shade but make sure to pot it in a container with holes for drainage and evenly watered soil.


Succulents are also one of the easiest to house plants to maintain. Distant relatives of cacti, these plants are indifferent to sun and shade and can go a while without water.

The Junior House Planter: Monstera Deliciosa

Named from the Latin “abnormal”, this plant is a favorite for its heart-shaped Swiss cheese-looking leaves. This plant is generally easy to take care of but certainly requires more attention than a pathos. These plants like to be watered at a moderate frequency and placed in indirect sunlight. Their leaves tend to weigh their branches down, so place it in a corner of two walls for some stability. 

The House Plant Pro: Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

The fiddle leaf fig, as seen all over Instagram and Pinterest, is a plant native to the West African rainforest and is rather finicky here in the states. When you’re ready to advance your house plant collection, this house plant is a bohemian jungle dream. Many fiddle leaf figs have a 25-50 year lifespan if well taken care of, but they do require a lot of attention. They enjoy sitting by a window with filtered light so their leaves will stay green. Be sure to keep its soil moist but be careful not to overwater.

Check out Gardenista’s House Plant Field Guide for more specific plant care tips for a variety of different house plants.