Choosing the Right Houseplants
Houseplants add life and color to your home. More importantly, houseplants help relieve stress by providing a sense of well-being, increase humidity in the air, and help reduce air pollutants. Choosing the right houseplant actually starts at home. You first need to discover the light and temperature conditions of the space you would like your plants. Then, determine the amount of time and space you would like to allocate.
The majority of plants need some light to grow. If you are unsure of what kind of light an area receives try this simple sheet of paper test:
High Light Houseplants
Get an exotic look with the colorful bracts of bromeliads; but while they enjoy high light, it should be indirect. Succulents, cacti and kalanchoe all thrive in high light as well. Crotons offer a colorful foliage option, and the many varieties of ficus (including the popular fiddle leaf fig) offer tall tree-like options for bright, indirect light.
Medium Light Houseplants
Orchids and African violets are colorful, elegant options for medium light. Bamboo and some ferns (Boston, Bird’s Nest) like medium light and humidity – so they’re a good choice for bathrooms. Peace lilies are a popular, easy care option with pretty green foliage and interesting white flowers.
Low Light Houseplants
Low light situations call for hardy, easy care plants. Pothos is an easy-to-grow, vining plant that looks great in hanging baskets or on bookshelves. The ZZ plant is a tall, succulent-like plant with long, architectural stems that can tolerate very low light like windowless bathrooms or offices. Many ferns do well in low light, too. Sansevieria (a.k.a. mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant) is a very tough plant that can tolerate nearly any kind of light – a great choice for beginners.