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The best plants for beginners in Singapore

Are you an aspiring plant mum or dad?

Dewi Nurjuwita
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If there's anything the past year has taught us, is that your home should be a sanctuary that brings calm and safety. After all, it's where you spend most of your time in. Besides shopping for in your favourite furnishings, tech gadgets and even artworks, you can elevate the atmosphere in your home by bringing nature in with houseplants. Even if your only experience with greenery are succulents and cacti, don't let that stop you. With these best plants for beginners, even those with the blackest of thumbs can create an indoor garden. You just have to find the right foolproof plants for you. Now, time to get shopping and plant parenting. 

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Sansevieria (or snake plant)
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Sansevieria (or snake plant)

LIGHT any light level, from low to high
WATER every 2-8 weeks 

A snake plant is almost impossible to kill. You can go on vacation for a month, leaving it to fend for itself – and it would probably still thrive. Sure, they may not be everyone's cup of tea because of their bold and striking silhouette. But these plants have their own character that adds a unique touch to your home.

While they're ridiculously hardy plants, be careful not to overwater them. They don't do well with too much love and will get root rot. Always make sure the soil is completely dry before thoroughly watering again.

Ficus elastica
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Ficus elastica

LIGHT bright, indirect light 
WATER every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings

Also known as the rubber plant, the ficus elastica stands out for its deep green leaves. They're usually found as medium-sized plants or grown to become beautiful indoor trees that serve as the focal point of your interiors. 

The plant thrives in bright sunlight, but directly. Beginners might find it tricky to gauge but here's a tip: you can tell your rubber plant needs more light if it loses its lustre, and the lower leaves fall off. 

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Devil's ivy
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Devil's ivy

LIGHT bright, indirect light
WATER once a week 

The devil's ivy (also known as pothos or money plant) is a lush plant that adds beautiful greenery into your home without much effort. First of all, it thrives on low light and neglect. Like the snake plant, pothos is almost impossible to kill and stays green even when kept in the dark. This plant can either grow as a trailing plant, on a moss pole, or left hanging. 

Despite its name, the devil's ivy is actually a plant you should have around as it brings about good feng shui – as long as they're kept thriving and healthy, that is. 

Monstera deliciosa
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Monstera deliciosa

LIGHT bright to medium indirect light
WATER every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings

The Monstera Deliciosa (or Swiss Cheese Plant) is a plant that you've probably seen everywhere – from Instagram feeds to Pinterest boards. And for good reason, too. They are a species of flowering plant native to southern Mexico and Panama, which helps bring a slice of South America into your home. But that's not the only selling point – they're also pretty easy-going plants that don't need much maintenance.  

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ZZ plant (or zamioculcas zamiifolia)
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ZZ plant (or zamioculcas zamiifolia)

LIGHT low to bright indirect light 
WATER every 2-3 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings

The ZZ plant not only looks pretty with its wide, dark green leaves, but also has many qualities suited for offices and homes. It tolerates neglect, accepts low-light conditions and is drought tolerant. After all, it originated from drought-prone Africa and thrives outdoors. 

The plant is also an air purifier, according to a NASA study. Researchers found that it's great at removing toxins in the air such as xylene, toluene, and benzene.

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