Houseplants provide many benefits, including stress relief and improved air quality. National Indoor Plant Week (September 21-25) is a great time to see how much they can do for you.
New to house plants? We’ll be honest, even easy care houseplants need a little TLC. Keep your houseplants happy and healthy with these tips for success!
What are the light requirements?
- Possible indicators your plant is in the wrong lighting: stretching between leaves, leaning towards the window, loss of color in foliage, and soil staying wet for too long
How should the plant and soil look and feel?
- Feel the weight of your pot when wet and dry
- Place a finger in the soil about an inch and feel for dampness
- Look for plant shrub (appearing droopy when too dry)
What is the plant’s desired shape? It’s best to pick one that supports the goal for your space.
- Tall and Skinny
- Short and Squatty
Here are some of our favorites for your houseplant collection:
- Snake Plant: Great for any lighting and doesn’t require a lot of water. It’s a perfect medium sized plant that stays as wide as the pot it’s in.
- ZZ Plant: Very hardy with bright green foliage that does not require a lot of water and has moderate light requirements. Great for a table or floor depending on size.
- Dracaena: Fantastic floor plant; stays narrow and can get very tall with time. Only needs water about once a week.
- Philodendrons: Moderate to low light plant – adding more light will add variegation to the leaves. They are great in hanging pots or at the top of a high shelf. This is an easy plant to share cuttings with friends!
- Pothos: Another amazing hanging plant that is very similar to the Philodendron. Moderate to low light and needs water weekly.
- Spider Plants: This hanging plant is one that keeps giving! When your plant finds that perfect spot of moderate to bright light you will see stems shoot off the main plant, the shoots will bloom, then will be followed with a little spider plant.
Check out more houseplant categories on our House Plants page, HERE.