When it comes to keeping a plant alive and thriving, what is the most common mistake people make?
Picking a plant based off their aesthetic, as opposed to picking a plant based off their environment. For example, I’ve been lusting after a heart leaf fern (Hemionitus arifolia) forever. It’s my dream houseplant. But I know this humidity-loving houseplant wouldn’t stand a chance in my dry NYC apartment, so I’ve filled it with succulents instead.
What plants do you recommend for beginners?
A philodendron or pothos plant! Both are hardy trailing plants, which means you’ll see the fruits of your labor – new growth – more quickly than some other common houseplants.