If you've convinced yourself that you're a perilous threat to all floral life and so are destined for a plant-less existence...we have good news.

Having a home full of plants can be wonderfully fulfilling (and science says plants are really good for your mental health, in addition to all that clean-air stuff), but looking after plants can be pretty tricky--especially if their needs vary by season. If you’ve clicked on this article, chances are you’re someone who struggles with keeping plants alive and you’re looking for a few tips. 

You’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at easygoing plants (and where to buy them), plus tips and tricks for keeping plants alive in any season.

Off we go!

Look For Easygoing Plants

There are certain houseplants and flowers that are easier to look after than others. Here’s some prime plant-picking inspo (plantspo?) from some of our favorite Shopify sellers:

The Plants

Money Tree

Money Tree 

Money trees are perfect for beginners due to their resilience. (Resilient meaning they’ll be quick to forgive you if you fall behind on their care.) As their name infers, they’re also associated with bringing prosperity and good fortune. Can’t say no to that!


Weeping Fig

Weeping Fig

Weeping Fig plants are visually stunning, and their super low-maintenance watering regimen is perfect for plant parents with an on-the-go lifestyle. 

Just one thing to keep in mind: as with several other plants on this list, Weeping Figs are toxic for pets, so keep them away from your furry friends.


White Stripe Dragon Tree

White Stripe Dragon Tree

This is arguably one of the easiest plants to look after. It’s amenable to a variety of environments and it’s gorgeous to look at, too!


Yucca Plant


Yucca plants are striking, and their larger size makes them a great “statement piece.”

Caring for Yucca plants is very simple, as long as they’re in a well lit place, so if you’re...ahem...the forgetful type, opt for this one.

Spider Plant

Spider Plant

With its sprouty, unkempt leaves, remarkable striations, and easy-going approach to life, this guy is one of our favorites on the list. Spider plants bring a fun, relaxed vibe to any space, making them perfect home office companions. (We all need a little reminder to chill during the work day, right?)

English Ivy Plant

English Ivy

English Ivy’s bushy, waterfall structure and Velcro-like rootlets make it a whimsical addition to any partial-shade patio or medium-light area of the home. They’re also great hanging plants; suspend them from high ceilings for extra drama!  

Bird of Paradise Plant
Bird of Paradise

Birds of Paradise are symbolic of freedom and joy. They can be equally happy indoors or out and have low water requirements, but be aware: they do require lots of sunshine.

Peacock Plant

Calathea Roseopicta

The Calathea Roseopicta, or Peacock Plant, is brilliantly colored with green and red, and requires just a small amount of extra love--so it’s great for plant parents looking for a (very little) challenge. 

Their sunlight and watering requirements are low-maintenance, but they love humidity, so an occasional spritz will put the most perk in their leaves. Bonus points: they’re pet-friendly!

Kalanchoe Plant


With its compact, precious appearance and bright, long-lasting blooms, the Kalanchoe is a sunny addition to any room; just make sure it gets plenty of light! 

Pothos Plant


The Pothos Plant is known for being basically impossible to kill. It tolerates drought (read: abject neglect) well and thrives in low and/or indirect light. Its vines can grow up to 5 feet long or high (depending on how you decide to grow it), making it a spunky addition to bookcases or dressers.


Tips for Plant Care

Now that you have a better idea of what plants may be best suited for your home and lifestyle, let’s take a quick look at some general tips for keeping your leafy friends in good condition.

Make Sure To Read The Care Instructions

Okay, like, obviously...but still! It’s tempting to just throw the care info away when you bring a new green friend home because “Oh, I’ll remember!”

Right up until you do not.

Wherever you get your plants, you’ll typically be provided with care instructions in some shape or form. Lively Root, for example, includes a convenient care card that summarizes all of your new plant’s preferences, right in the box! If you purchase your plants from a local nursery, don’t be shy about tapping one of the employees for tips and tricks.


There are several different methods for watering plants, and it might take a bit of trial and error to find out what your guy or gal wants. 

First, there’s the obvious top-down method of using a watering can. While perhaps the most recognized method, the top-down approach means that sometimes water doesn’t make it down to the roots at the bottom of the pot. If the soil is especially dry the water can run right through, without giving the soil a change to truly absorb it. 

Then there’s the bottom-up approach of using a small dish or plate. Place your plant (in its grower’s pot, where the roots and soil have access through small holes) onto the dish, and pour water around it until it reaches about ⅛” up the side of the pot. Let him chill out on the counter, and over the span of an hour or two you’ll see the water recede and then disappear. The roots are absorbing the water at their own pace from the bottom up, leading to a more even distribution of moisture throughout the soil.

If you don’t have the space or dish(es) to use this method, you can always try the ice cube method. Popularized by orchid growers, the ice cube method is a relatively decent combination of both top and bottom. By placing ice cubes at the top of the soil, you benefit from the speed and ease of the top-down method. Because they take some time to melt, however, the soil and roots have more of a chance to actually absorb the moisture they need. Win-win!

Temperature + Placement

Many of the plants we’ve recommended here are relatively receptive to variable temperatures, but cranking up the heat in winter or the air conditioning in summer can take a toll on some houseplants. Be sure to get familiar with your plant’s preferred climate and keep it in spaces where it’ll thrive. Often this means keeping it away from drafts -- so steer clear of A/C or heating vent paths.

Another note on placement: for plant parents with pets or human children, it’s important to keep plants (especially the toxic ones) out of reach. Cats in particular seem to love gnawing on nearby houseplants (who are, PAWBLO, just trying to live their best life LIKE YOU), which could easily cause an unwanted vet visit. 

Even for non-toxic plants it can be difficult to recover from a toppling; plus, how annoying is it to have to clean up all that soil? 

Adjust Plant Care for the Season

Especially for outdoor plants, the care routine you follow in summer won’t always translate seamlessly to colder months. In most cases, plants slow down their growth, so you’ll need to cut back on watering to avoid the soil becoming waterlogged. Conversely, indoor plants may need a little more water (or at least misting) if the air is being dried out by heaters.

Unless otherwise stated in the care instructions, you’ll want to cut back on fertilizing during these dormant winter months, too.

Seasonal Care for Plants

There is hope for you, as a plant owner, even if you weren’t born with a green thumb! We hope our plant recs and tips have empowered you to take on the wonderful world of plant parenting. It’s worth a try! (And if you fail, don’t give up. Try again with an easier plant, and over time you’ll get the practice you need.)

Looking for more news and tips in home care, interior design, and general maintenance? We’ve got it!

Latest Blog Posts

10 Spooktacular Ideas for Halloween Home Decor 10 Spooktacular Ideas for Halloween Home Decor
When you were a trick-or-treating youngster, chances are one of your favorite parts about Halloween--besides rocking a wicked costume and stuffing your face with sugar--was checking out all the spooky decorations your neighbors tricked out (sorry) their homes with. Now that you’re--ahem--an adult, Halloween might look a little different (or maybe not...we don’t judge) but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t still be fun.
6 Tips for Creating the Perfect Work From Home Space 6 Tips for Creating the Perfect Work From Home Space
Working remotely sounds like hitting the work jackpot. PJ’s all day, no long commute, and no unnecessary small talk. But it can be hard to stay productive when the fridge and Netflix keep calling your name. That’s why we’ve compiled some tips on how to create the perfect WFH space for optimal productivity.
Tools for Generations: Baby Boomers Through Gen Z Tools for Generations: Baby Boomers Through Gen Z
No matter the size of the project or skill level required, there are tools available for every generation to succeed.
5 Basic Home Repairs Everyone Should Know 5 Basic Home Repairs Everyone Should Know
It would be awesome if houses and apartments never needed any maintenance. Until someone figures out how to build self-repairing homes (looking at you, Elon), we should all have a little DIY maintenance know-how.
6 Unique Ways to Connect With Your Community 6 Unique Ways to Connect With Your Community
Beyond unpacking boxes, picking out curtains, and buying an unnecessary number of succulents, one of the best ways to truly feel settled into a new home is to connect with your neighbors. For those of us who are a little green to networking, here are 6 unique ideas to help you start building meaningful relationships in your community.
7 Ways to Divide a Room (Without Building a Wall) 7 Ways to Divide a Room (Without Building a Wall)
Open floor plans have received a lot of love in the last several years, but what’s one to do when the space is...too open?
Tik Tok's Most Celebrated DIY Trends Right Now Tik Tok's Most Celebrated DIY Trends Right Now
Many people are still bound (or, rather, re-bound) to their homes and growing tired of their pandemic-necessitated hobbies. 
8 Ways to Make Your Rental Feel like Home 8 Ways to Make Your Rental Feel like Home
Buying a home may be the easiest way to feel like you have a place that’s truly yours (since, in that case, it...literally is) but you don’t need to be a homeowner to make a place your home. 
5 Great Apps and Services for Finding Your New Apartment 5 Great Apps and Services for Finding Your New Apartment
Welcome to the Internet: effortlessly soar through cyberspace at lightning speed to find exactly what you need, right now.
6 IKEA Hacks You Should Try Right Now 6 IKEA Hacks You Should Try Right Now
IKEA is known for its affordable prices, maze-like stores, and...equally maze-like assembly instructions.
How to: Build & Fill a Garden Box How to: Build & Fill a Garden Box
If you’ve never grown your own food, just imagine it for a minute:
How to Keep Cool Without A/C How to Keep Cool Without A/C
It’s too damn hot.
How To: Make a Home In Your Home For Your Pets How To: Make a Home In Your Home For Your Pets
Once upon a time, if the family dog wasn’t banished alone to a dark, doorless dog house, he slept on an unforgiving floor in the house -- with not so much as a comfy memory foam bed with removable faux fur cover, matching bolsters, and built-in aromatherapy to ease his humiliation.
Best Practices for Organizing Small Spaces (Yes, That Small) Best Practices for Organizing Small Spaces (Yes, That Small)
Want the secret to mastering small spaces?
Your Lawn is Useless (But It Doesn't Have to Be) Your Lawn is Useless (But It Doesn't Have to Be)
At its best, your lawn is a beautifully dense, vibrantly green...um, patch of grass.
Drywall Repair Tips for Beginners Who Don’t Want to Learn the Hard Way Drywall Repair Tips for Beginners Who Don’t Want to Learn the Hard Way
There are a lot -- and we mean a lot -- of drywall repair tutorials available on the Internet, and we know you’ll find your favorites.
DIY Home Improvement Resources That Will Actually Teach You Something DIY Home Improvement Resources That Will Actually Teach You Something

We bet a lot of DIY social media accounts and sites make you oooooo, ahhhhh, and dream of transforming your...

Is Renting More Sustainable Than Buying? Is Renting More Sustainable Than Buying?
With the idea of environmental responsibility taking up more mental real estate in the past few years, we’ve all been looking for ways to minimize our impact and give Mother Nature a little breather.
Everything You Need to Know About Side Hustles Everything You Need to Know About Side Hustles
The pandemic has, over the past year, left many people with more time and less cash. Whether walking dogs, turning professional skills into a freelance gig, checking off someone’s shopping list, or any of dozens of other options, folks have taken advantage of technology to get the bills paid.
12 Tools Every Millennial Should Have (and Why) 12 Tools Every Millennial Should Have (and Why)
From avocado toast and Instagram to 3D-printed custom prostheses (Disney characters or tattoos, anyone?) and Uber, Millennials are famous for innovation. Allergic to the status quo, we’re built for “figuring it out” and finding unique ways to do things. 
DIY TikTok Tile Table Sparetoolz How To: Build TikTok's Tile Table
This 80s-flavored decor trend is taking the internet by storm. Here's how to bring it home for yourself.
Here Are Some of the Best Airbnbs in Each State Here Are Some of the Best Airbnbs in Each State
Despite Airbnb’s bizarrely humble beginning (and some pretty intense hurdles--legislative and logistical), nothing has been able to squelch its meteoric rise to multi-billion-dollar company. Turns out millions of people find it perfectly acceptable to sleep in a stranger’s bed. Who knew?
Trendy pink lettered neon sign on brick wall Taking Out the Trash: Interior Design Trends That Should Stay in 2020
We’re all ready to throw 2020 down the garbage chute. Here are some home design trends that should be tossed out with it.
Green and blue botanical wallpaper applied behind gold bathtub How to Apply Wallpaper (And What Not to Do)
Yes, we know, wallpaper is infamous for being a nightmare. Just hear us out.
Parents hang picture on wall as child stands nearby to help with project 5 Home Improvement Projects Kids Can Help With
Including kids in "grown-up" projects doesn't just present opportunities for memory-making; it also shows them that they are capable little humans, who will grow into self-sufficient big humans.
Modern living room painted white and featuring honey-colored wood floors and accents, a large gas fireplace and textured grey sofa 25 Things You Need to Know About Maintaining a House
Maintaining a house requires effort, but it doesn't have to be difficult. Here are 25 tips to get you well on your way to a happy home.
Bike with bright orange rims and accent rented through peer to peer platform parked next to doorway with yellow wrought iron gate Peer to Peer Platforms You Should Know About
Sharing is caring, and now you can save--or make--a little money while you’re at it. 
Minimalist look for writing desk area, featuring predominately white palette with tiny bright-colored accessories and a beige molded plastic chair. What is Minimalism and Where Did it Come From?
Minimalism can start in the home, but its benefits reach far beyond a design style.
Modern industrial loft space featuring high ceilings, plentiful windows, glass pendant lighting, blue sectional and colorful accents Is The Industrial Trend Dead?
Design styles rotate faster than you can say "mid-century modern." Is the Industrial trend queued for a comeback?
MCM designed living room styled in monochromatic white, honey-colored herringbone wood floor and bright blue sofa The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Interior Design Styles 
The first step to executing your dream home design is understanding why it works.
Exterior of 1950s-style home with white siding and blue shutters, and a white picket fence 9 Ideas to Make Your Home More Eco-Conscious
A happier, healthier Earth can begin right at home.
Spacious outdoor entertainment area featuring white walls, white and bright yellow decor elements and black accents 6 Essential Elements for Any Outdoor Entertainment Area
Create a personal oasis, right in your backyard, with these six simple tips.
Man working on laptop, leaned back on black sofa with white cushions, feet on wood coffee table, needing perfect home office How to Create the Perfect Home Office
Whether you're working from home by choice or because of the COVID-19 pandemic, create a calm, motivating home office space with these easy tips.
Interior, well-organized vintage garage with brick walls, new car with popped trunk How to Organize Your Garage - 10 Tips & Tricks
Organizing your garage might be the most terrifying task on your to-do list, but it doesn't have to be! We've got 10 tips to get you started.
Closeup of an array of tools everyone should have, laying on white table The 8 Tools EVERYONE Should Have 
You might not need these tools often, but when you do--you really do. Don’t let common tool-requiring household tasks or fun DIY projects catch you by surprise.
Wall inside garage with dozens of hand tools neatly hung in rows 6 Reasons You Should Join the Sparetoolz Fam as a Tool Owner 
You’ve probably heard a lot about the rise of the sharing economy. From Uber to Airbnb, the business of sharing is booming. The question is, how can you make it work for you?
Closeup of bright yellow flowers in spring garden, clear blue sky in background More Than a Spring Fling: How to Keep Your Garden Fresh All Year Long
Ah, spring: the gentle awakening from winter hibernation.
Corner of room in city home styled with white walls, several plants sitting on wood floor and on a wood stool, black shelving 4 Ways City Dwellers Can Build the Garden of Their Dreams
You might think that lush gardens are only for those with large homes and sprawling acreage, but we have good news: here are 4 tips for creating a botanical paradise, even in small urban spaces!
Overhead view of natural-colored wood stairs and floor, white walls and banister, styled with black and white accents How to Make Your Home Feel Bigger and Brighter
Trapped at home? We've got 5 easy tips for making your space feel open and airy.
Closeup of sheets of smooth brown crafting material, a mallet, ruler, spool of thick black thread, and crafter's knife Routine Shakeup: 9 Weird Craftsman Hobbies to Try Right Now
Challenge boredom with these off-the-wall craftsman hobbies sure to get your creativity rolling.
Fireplace with simple brick mantle repurposed to hold an array of candles, a potted plant sits atop a nearby wood stool Light Up Your Fireplace (No Fire Required)
Looking to repurpose your fireplace? Check out our creative round up of alternative uses!
How to Make Your Apartment Feel Homier How to Make Your Apartment Feel Homier
The threat of coronavirus has everyone hunkered down at home. Here's how to make your space as homey and comfortable as possible.
A woman smiles from behind taupe tufted sofa in her newly rented home, pulling off its protective plastic Things to Look Out for When Moving into a New House as a Renter
Renting a new place? Save yourself a headache by checking off the items on this list before moving in.
Do Carpenters Still Exist or What? Do Carpenters Still Exist or What?
WOODN'T you like to know?
Closeup of disorganized closet, packed tight with clothes This Is The Most Under-Appreciated Room In Your Home
Closets are often treated as merely functional and nothing more, but there’s so much opportunity to make this space spectacular. Your wardrobe might be the most under-appreciated space in your home, but no longer!
Closeup of hand holding smartphone displaying Airbnb logo on screen, bedroom styled in whites and greys in background Here's How to Airbnb a Room in Your House
If you happen to have a spare room and are looking for a new side hustle to generate some passive income, look no further than Airbnb. We’ve put together a list detailing the basic four-step process for how to Airbnb a room in your house AND make the most of it—quite literally.   
Unique Housewarming Gift Ideas Unique Housewarming Gift Ideas
In a world where most housewarming gifts are the expected (and boring) candles, towel sets, and coasters, it can be tough to find a unique gift that’ll be used and appreciated. We've got you covered!
Against a plain aqua background, a hand in a vivid pink cleaning glove reaches into the shot holding a bright yellow pump spray bottle Here’s the Cleaning Checklist You Need for Every Season
If you’ve been looking for a seasonal cleaning checklist you can easily work your way through, look no further.
The Top 20 Coolest Airbnbs in the America Right Now The Top 20 Coolest Airbnbs in the America Right Now
When you’re traveling around the country, it’s so much more fun to stay somewhere interesting and heighten the experience. Airbnb is a peer-to-peer rental service (just like Sparetoolz!) that offers countless intriguing homes for adventurous travelers to rent. Here are the Top 20 Airbnbs in America.