Top 5 Contenders for Brown Thumbs

Written by Aaron Martin

April 2, 2024


Are you a self-proclaimed brown thumb when it comes to houseplants? Do you struggle to keep even the hardiest of houseplants alive? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In this edition, we’re sharing our top picks for plants that even those with the brownest of thumbs can keep thriving. These five contenders add life and beauty to your home without demanding too much of your time and attention.

#1 –  Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

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This plant is stunning and can come in either variegated or non-variegated varieties. Native to French Polynesia, the Golden Pothos, responds to a wide variety of environments from bright indirect light to medium light. This Pothos is a vigorous grower and a trailing wonder, great for hanging baskets or just draping down the bookcase. When given bright light it can even grow up to one leaf per week!

#2 – ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamifolia)

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The second plant to mention is the wildly popular ZZ plant. You can put this plant just about anywhere in your home. These thrive in low, medium, and bright light; even artificial plant lights will do! They rarely need watering which is fantastic for lazy plant parents. We love the modern flair they bring into the home with thick, glossy leaves that grow upright.

#3 – Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

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The third contender is the Aloe Vera plant. Part of the succulent family, this plant is known for its medicinal purposes and for being easy. Needing bright light this stunner requires very little watering. Its origin stems from the Arabian Peninsula but now is cultivated worldwide. It thrives in well-drained soil and actually likes to be root bound so if you’re slow to repot, that’s ok. And, if you want to propagate, just grab one of their pups and put them in soil!

#4 – Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)

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The large, variegated broad and bright leaves of the Dumb Cane plant can spruce up any home decor. Apart from its lovely appearance, there are many other Dieffenbachia benefits. According to studies, dieffenbachia topped the list of plants that absorb carbon dioxide efficiently. The Dieffenbachia is an ideal plant for various light situations, but needs to be kept away from very bright windows. With its straight, beautiful stem, broad leaves, colorful blotches, and speckles, the dumb cane looks absolutely stunning.

#5 – Calathea Peacock (Makoyana)

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Last but not least is the Calathea Peacock plant. This plant is a true showstopper, known for its jovial behavior. Each day, it gracefully turns its leaves downward in the morning to soak up the sunlight, but at nightfall, it gently stretches them upward. It’s more of a drama queen about lighting than our other plants listed and thrives in filtered light. Originally from a humid environment, the Calathea Peacock plant appreciates a similar atmosphere. Keeping it in a warm temperature range of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit will provide the optimal conditions for robust growth and allow this enchanting plant to flourish!

In conclusion, being a self-proclaimed “brown thumb” doesn’t have to mean giving up on the idea of having thriving houseplants. With the right selection, even the most challenged plant enthusiasts can enjoy the benefits of greenery in their homes. For some creative ideas for using plants to green up your spaces, go to our Plantscaping blog here. If you would like expert help with Plantscaping be sure to reach out to our Botanical Design team.

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