So, you have just moved your stuff out of The Store Room’s secure self storage facility into your new property, but it feels a bit like it is missing something? A guaranteed way to add more to your space is plants; they bring extra colour and life to a room, as well as improving air quality and humidity levels, and are even proven to reduce stress and improve concentration – all extra helpful if you’re working from home!

However, if you have never had plants before, it can be pretty intimidating. There are definitely some that are easier to handle than others – we have put together a quick list of houseplants that are low maintenance but will still brighten up your space:

Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

“Spider Plant” by mindfrieze is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Spider plants are a perfect beginner houseplant. They are elegant plants with lovely light green and white colours, and they look good in every room. They are hardy, easy to grow plants, which are highly adaptable and just need to be in a light room, although will do best in direct sunlight. They only need watering when the soil is dry – stick your finger about 1 inch into the top soil, and if it is dry, then it is time to water it!

Succulents or Cacti

“Succulents” by M.P.N.texan is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Cacti and succulents are staple beginner houseplants, as they are very low-maintenance and need very infrequent watering. Just make sure the cacti are positioned in a well-lit or sunny spot, and water them whenever the soil is dry.

Madagascar Dragon Tree

Dracaena marginate

“my new plant – madagascar dragon tree” by svacher is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

These plants are another very popular beginner house plant as they are easy to grow and maintain, as well lovely looking distinctive red and green leaves. They can be fast growers, and lose their leaves from the bottom, which can (and should) be removed. But be careful – these plants are not suitable for homes with cats, or for being in reach of dogs, as they are toxic!

Japanese Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum

“Peace Lily for My Retirement” by Old Shoe Woman is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Peace Lilies are beautiful plants with deep green leaves and a bright white flower. They are also perfect starter plants, as they can survive without direct sunlight, and can be watered relatively infrequently. When they need watering, they give you a clear sign by the leaves beginning to droop down. However, this can also be a sign of overwatering, so make sure that the soil is dry before you do water them! Also, these plants flower best when they are pot-bound, meaning you do not need to repot them regularly. The bad news is, these plants are also toxic to animals and children, so make sure they are out of reach.

Jade Plant

Crassula ovata

“Affenbrotbaum / Jade Plant” by only_point_five is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Jade plants are ideal for beginners are they require such minimal care, and grow easily. They need moist but not wet soil through summer, while they are growing. However, jade plants become dormant in winter, and so require much less frequent watering. Jade plants are also easy to propagate, once you’re feeling a bit more confident with your plants!

There are plenty more plants that are perfect for beginners, however, these 5 are tried and tested by staff at The Store Room! Start off slow and build up your collection and confidence, and you will be plant-obsessed in no time. However, although some of these plants don’t need much watering, none of these would survive too long in any of our self storage units… (and you can’t store plants in our storage units anyway!)