Tips for choosing houseplants that will thrive and look great in your home
Indoor plants are great for bringing a touch of nature indoors.
Not only do they look beautiful, houseplants help to remove indoor toxins from furniture, carpet, paint, fragrances and other chemicals.
Indoor plants have different needs and requirements so it’s important to choose houseplants that are suited to your home.
Here are some important things to keep in mind when choosing indoor plants.
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Many people make the mistake of choosing indoor plants without considering how much light the room receives.
Before you bring home a new indoor plant, take notice of how much sunlight comes into your home.
If you have an area in your home that receives plenty of sunlight (at least 4 to 6 hours per day), then you could have a beautiful Rubber Plant, Jade Plant or Dracena.
Plants with brightly colored foliage like Croton also need plenty of natural light.
It’s best to place your plants close to the window so that they receive filtered light instead of direct sunlight which can burn the leaves of the plant.
If you don’t get much natural light inside your home, plants like Peace Lily, Cast Iron Plant and Snake Plant will do well in rooms with low light.
What temperature is it inside your home?
Does the temperature fluctuate a lot between daytime and night time?
Temperatures below 50°F (10°C) or rapid temperature fluctuations are unfavorable for some plants.
Most indoor plants prefer temperatures between 60 to 75°F (15 to 24°).
There are a few houseplants that are tolerant to a wide variety of temperatures including Pothos, also known as Devil’s ivy and Spider plant, so they’re a good choice if you live in an area with large fluctuations in temperature.
It’s best to keep houseplants away from cold drafts, heaters, air conditioners and hot air vents.
Many popular indoor plants are actually tropical plants that come from naturally humid areas like rainforests.
If you live in an area with low humidity, you can still have humidity loving plants like Bromeliads and Air Plants in your home, they’ll just need regular misting.
You can also put them in the bathroom where it’s a bit more humid than the rest of the house.
In a small home or apartment, you won’t have the space for a big Rubber Plant or Fiddle Leaf Fig, but there are many other small indoor plants to choose from.
African violets are compact indoor plants that produce colorful flowers and they’re easy to maintain.
Some other popular small houseplants include Air plants, Peperomia, Polka Dot plant and succulents.
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There are many creative ways to display your indoor plants when you haven’t got a lot of space:
- Wall planters
- Hanging planters
- In a terrarium
- On a vertical planter
- On top of bookcases or shelves
- On a desk or kitchen bench
- On top of the refrigerator
- In the bathtub (if you don’t use it often)
- On your bedside table
Choosing the right pots
It’s best to avoid planting your indoor plants in terracotta or ceramic pots as they get quite cold in winter.
Terracotta pots also dry out quickly if they’re not sealed.
If you find a decorative planter that you like, you can place the plastic pot inside the planter to dress it up.
Pots in neutral colors like white, beige, gray and black are good options because they go well with most other colors and if you update your furniture or paint, you don’t need to buy new pots.
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Some indoor plants require more ongoing maintenance than others.
If you travel a lot or work long hours, a low maintenance succulent or cactus would be perfect for you.
Aloe vera, String of Pearls, Zebra plant and many other types of succulents are easy to care for houseplants that only need to be watered every week to two weeks.
Don’t forget to feed your plants with a slow release fertilizer twice a year and give the leaves a wipe when they’re looking a bit dusty.
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So there are my tips for choosing the right indoor plant for your home.
I hope that this guide has given you the knowledge to select houseplants that will be healthy and happy in your home.
How do you choose your indoor plants? Let me know in the comments below.
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