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The best house plants are the easiest to grow with the least chance of losing them to disease or neglect. If you're new to growing indoor plants, or you simply want ones that are easy to care for, there are varieties of house plants that you can grow. The most important thing to remember when growing house plants is not to water them too much or too often. As a general rule, water only when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch.

Pothos

Known botanically as Epipremnum aureum, pothos is also called devil's ivy. It has light green heart-shaped leaves with mottled white marks. It is a virtually fool-proof vining house plant. Pothos grows well in medium to high light levels and is not usually bothered by pests or diseases. They are happy trailing over the edge of a pot or climbing up a moss-covered stake. Water pothos when the soil feels dry to the touch and fertilize with regular houseplant fertilizer weekly from April through November. Withhold food during winter and reduce the amount of water a little, to accommodate its reduced growth during the winter months.

Spider Plant

Available with solid medium-green leaves or with white stripes, the spider plant (Chlorophyrtum comosum) is an ideal house plant for a beginner. Its lance-shaped leaves grow from a center crown and arch over the sides of its pot. Flower stems grow slightly longer than the leaves and form small plantlets at their terminal ends. These plantlets can be placed in plain water, where they will form roots, thus increasing your supply. The crown of the mother plant also increases in size by sending up new "baby" plants. Eventually strap-like leaves will emerge from the entire surface of the soil, creating a dense, lush mother plant. Spider plants are ideal for hanging baskets or plant stands and need only medium light levels. Their leaves fade if grown in a too brightly lit spot. Water when the soil is dry an inch below the surface and feed with regular house plant fertilizer every other week from April through November.

Palms

Whether you are looking for a plant for a low or high light position, in a warm or cool area of your home, there is a variety of palm that will grow and thrive there. Palms are part of a large family with hundreds of species. Varieties for growing indoors grow from a foot high to over 15 feet high. Palms should be watered when the surface of the potting soil feels dry to the touch. Fertilize sparingly, using a mixture that is half the strength recommended by the manufacturer. Check palms frequently for aphids, which are evident by white bumps on the undersides of the individual leaves. Spray your palm with horticultural oil spray to control this house plant pest, following the manufacturer's instructions.

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Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a freelance writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.

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