Choosing The Right Houseplants
Choosing The Right Houseplants Project
Step 1: Determine Your Light
Step Two: Evaluate your Space
- For large rooms try the "specimen plant look"- choose an interesting and unique stand alone plant for focus. Tall potted palms or trees work great for this.
- Smaller rooms filled with furniture lend themselves more to smaller pots and plants. Try grouping 3 similar pots or plants for a cohesive look.
Time: How much time do you have to devote to caring for your plants? In general, foliage plants generally need less attention than flowering options.
- Short on time: plants such as cacti or succulents are the most low- maintenance.
- Plenty of time: more flowering and demanding houseplants can be considered.
Temperature: Plants grow best under certain temperature requirements.
- Most houseplants thrive in temperatures in the 65-75 degree range during the day and would prefer about 10 degrees cooler at night.
- In winter, dry air can be problematic for plants- many plants need humidity. Try keeping plants near the bathroom or a humidifier.
Step 3: Pick Your Plants
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.
Step 4: Plant Your Houseplants
- Choose a container to complement your decor and the plants.
- Potting Soil: Make sure to choose a nutrient rich potting soil like our Pike Potting and Container MiX
- Fill the pot leaving about an inch empty at the top.
- Mix a handful of Dr. Root Zone fertilizer to reduce transplant shock and promote root growth for healthy plants.
Step 5: Care For Your Houseplants
- Water thoroughly as needed when the top inch of soil is dry. Drain well.
- Remove spent foliage as leaves occasionally turn brown. This will encourage new growth.
- Fertilize once a month with liquid plant food.
- Use Leaf Shine to keep leaves glossy and beautiful.