3 perfect plant options for beginners

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To kick off In The Know’s Plant Week, we’re recommending some low-maintenance plants for beginners that will help you transform any space into a luscious, manageable mini-forest.

Our host Christopher Griffin doesn’t go by the nickname “Plant Kween” for no reason. In this first episode, Griffin broke down three “green girls” that are perfect for any beginner plant parent.

1. Snake Plant

“Native to western Africa, she is often marketed as a low-light queen,” Griffin explained. “But I encourage folks who are getting this queen to give her good, bright direct light because she’ll thrive.”

For snake plants, you don’t have to water them that often either. In the warmer months, Griffin will water their snake plant every 10 to 14 days. For the rest of the year when it’s cooler out, snake plants should be watered every three to four weeks.

2. ZZ Plant

“She is also a queen who can adapt to a myriad of lighting situations, so I tend to keep this queen in very bright filtered light,” they said. “[She] doesn’t need to be watered as often, you can water her about every 10 to 14 days in the summer months.”

For winter months, like the snake plant, ZZ plants should be watered once every three to four weeks.

3. Pothos

The pothos plant was Griffin’s very first plant purchase and is very easy to care for.

“I try to keep her in bright and direct light and I try to water this queen about every seven days in the warmer months and about every 14 days in the winter months,” they said.

Once you pick whichever green girls you want to take home, Griffin said the next step is re-potting the plant.

“You want to make sure that when you are getting a new pot that the pot is at least two inches larger than the nursery pot,” he explained.

Also for re-potting, you’ll want to invest in a good bag of soil and some gardening tools. The soil will be used to create a foundational layer in the pot to hold the plant in. Before putting your plant in this new soil, Griffin recommends “massaging the roots” to get rid of any old soil remnants.

If the soil feels dry, add a little bit of water so that the soil can settle around the roots.

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