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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?


  • Kirby Cotterill Schofield

    I have killed every single in door plant I’ve ever had inclding cactus aloe and mother inlaws tongue…… i was assured i couldn’t kill them…… but on the plus side i am doing a really really good job with the kids lol

    • Katrina (author)

      I burst out laughing!! Haha… Go you! Tried a Zanzibar Gem? I am SURE you won’t kill that. It’ll grow in the dark and you water it twice a year! X

    • Yvette

      I am the same!! I am hoping reading this blog may help me!! I’m now desperate (and so are my dying plants..)

  • Renee Beggs

    Thank you, I’ve only grown lucky bamboo and basil indoors so I want stretch my green thumb ????

    • Jen Jarred

      I love indoor plants, but I have killed every one I ever had, even cacti, HELP ME.

  • Leah Saul

    Can you pretty please do an outdoor plant post for pots? Just got two design twins pots delivered and have no idea what to plant. #killerthumb

    • Katrina (author)

      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

  • Lauren Burdett

    Zanzibar gem and snake plants, they are great indoors! I even have two Zanzibar gems in my windowless office and they seem to survive!

  • Priya McDonald

    Angus McDonald cannot keep a plant alive we tried for ages then moved onto a dog

    • Katrina (author)

      Dog is obviously ok? Ha!

  • Jaklyn Baer

    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!!

  • Tracy Scott

    I have a mini fiddle leaf fig that has doubled its size so I must be doing something right, and recently got a Zanzibar gem, loving the freshness it brings to my home, x

  • Dee Hubbard

    I was given my first indoor plant, a peac Lily over 12 mths ago as gift from a friend and it’s still going strong, can’t believe it ????

  • Melinda Drummond

    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!

    • Katrina Chambers

      My girlfriend reckons she needs a slasher when she visits me because I have so many haha. X

    • Melinda Drummond

      I would LOVE a jade plant. Are they fussy? I’m not even a gardener – I just love indoor plants at the moment!

    • Katrina Chambers

      So easy! I have 3 inside! Or maybe 4 actually. Haha. They are good luck trees too.

    • Katrina Chambers

      Break a bit off too, stick in a vase and roots will grow, then put that in the ground and start again. I have suddenly got a massive one around the side of my house.

  • Bron Lahrs

    I always look back at your posts on plants! Love them. Although I have no luck with fiddle fig leaf!

    • Katrina Chambers

      I have 3 fiddles and they are good! But I don’t want to jinx myself here hahaha

  • Nerida Wallace

    Just bought a fiddle leaf fig – wish me luck! A green thumb I am not!

  • Nicole Lannoy

    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.

    • Katrina Chambers

      Maiden hair is hard!! Succulents don’t do well inside. They need about 4-6 hours of outdoor sunlight to photosynthesis

    • Nicole Lannoy

      Yeah my mum warned me the maiden hair would be tricky, sadly she was right.

  • Calli Ryan

    My 3 fiddles are quite poorly. The Zanzibar gems & rubber plants are awesome. A jade plant might have to be next. Thanks.

  • Natalie

    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.

  • Danielle Langelaar

    just planted my fist indoor plant about a month ago after seeing yr mother in law tongue x so far so good 🙂

  • Joan Zawadski

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

  • MIKE

    Stop over watering them, tiz best to err on the dry side…

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