For people who think they have no ability to grow houseplants: Try the philodendron.

Philodendron is a low-stress plant grown for its foliage. It comes in vining varieties, which require a post for support. Easier varieties to grow would be the lacy tree or bird’s nest, which support themselves well and spread out to about twice as wide as they are tall.

As with many houseplants, philodendrons want bright light but not direct sunlight. Old leaves will turn yellow from age, but if many leaves turn yellow at the same time, the plant is getting too much light. If the stems grow too leggy, move the plant into a sunnier spot.

Water them when the top inch of soil is dry. Leaves droop if the plant gets either too much or too little water – and you can tell which by touching the soil. The good news: This plant recovers quickly.

Use liquid fertilizer monthly in spring and summer and every two or three months in fall and winter.

And, as with most houseplants, philodendron likes spending a few months in a shady outdoor area in the summer.

Keep yours alive for a year to build confidence and expertise, then try other houseplants.