Guide to Choosing a House Plant

Your local nurseries, supermarkets, and garden stores are full of every varieties of house plant. Some flower, while others do not. Some need lots of water and sunlight; others shun both. So how do you choose the perfect plant to make your own?

You’re Worried About Your Black Thumb

If you’ve never had luck growing house plants before, start with something that doesn’t need much care. Succulents are excellent choices, including cacti. Since they have reduced water requirements, you won’t have to worry if you forget about your plant for a couple days.

Jade and aloe plants are other good options for people who don’t have experience or talent in the plant-growing field. While they require less maintenance, they provide pops of color to accentuate your decor.

Your House Doesn’t Get Much Light

Some houses are darker than others, and if yours falls into that category, you’ll want to steer clear of house plants that need full sun. Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of options in the low-light category.

Pothos plants, for example, are beautiful green plants that don’t need a lot of sun exposure. They’re also excellent at improving indoor air quality, and they work well in both pots and hanging baskets.

You Want Something to Hang

Speaking of hanging baskets, plants that work well when suspended from the ceiling are great choices for small spaces. They don’t eat up any floor or surface real estate. Spider plants, ferns, and English ivy all fit this bill, and each flourishes with plenty of sunlight, so they work well in bright spaces.

Philodendron is also an option if you want a climber. The heart-shaped leaves will trail from baskets or climb up trellises, and since it responds well to indirect lighting, you can put it just about anywhere in your home.

You Need a Focal Point

If you’re tired of the television being the first thing you see when you walk into your house, consider a larger house plant that will command attention and provide a shock of color. Ficus, dieffenbachia, fig, and rubber trees are all good choices for indoor plants.

Norfolk pines also thrive indoors, though they sometimes outgrow their pots. If your pine gets too big for its corner of the living room, you might need to transplant it outside.

All of these house plants are great opportunities to bring the outdoors in.