So you have decided to delve into the amazing world of Houseplants but you aren’t sure where to begin…
Let’s get you started with a few quick things to consider.
Houseplants are typically divided into Bright, Low & Medium light groupings.
Depending on the light conditions of the space you are looking to fill, be sure to select a plant that tolerates those types of conditions.
Below are just a few examples of plants for each of the above conditions.
Quick note on Bright Light conditions: many plants in this category require their light to be filtered by either a thin curtain/sheer or placed in an area where the sun does not directly contact the leaves. Direct sunlight can burn leaves even on plants that love the sun so take care to place them carefully. If you notice burnt leaves, simply shift your plant a bit further away from the source of sunlight.
Other great Bright Light loving plants include:
Ponytail Palms, Citrus, Rubber Plant, Yucca, Hawaiian Schefflera & Jade Plants.
Low Light conditions are typically 2 meters or more from a window, or in very moderately lit rooms.
Other Low Light loving plants include: Dieffenbachia, Kentia Palm, Chinese Evergreen (Aglonema), Sansevieria, ZZ Plant, & Cast Iron Plants.
Medium Light conditions are typically 1 to 2 meters away from a south or west facing window.
Other Medium Light loving plants include: Majesty Palm, Cascade Palm, Norfolk Island Pine, Dracaena, Spider Plant & Lady Palms.
Some plants like Ferns prefer areas with higher humidity. This makes them great options for bathrooms and kitchens where humidity is generally higher than other places in your home. Of course you can easily keep plants that require higher humidity in other areas of your home as well, it will just take a bit more effort.
Tips for increasing humidity:
- Misting your plants every couple of days (take care to protect your furniture & flooring from any excess water)
- Placing your plants in a tray that has a layer of pebbles and water filled not quite enough to cover the stones. The water will slowly evaporate increasing the humidity around the tray.
- Grouping several plants together also helps create a humid environment.
- Larger plants can be placed in a shower or tub and sprayed with water to clean off their leaves of any dust while generating humidity and moisture around the plants.
Pick a plant that will fit in your intended space. This seems straight forward enough but some plants can be deceiving. Always look to see how big or long (in the case of vines) a plant will get to ensure you have adequate space. Many plants will take many years to grow to their full mature size so buying a smaller size will ensure it won’t need too much space too quickly. For smaller spots like counters or windowsills, consider slower growing plants with compact growth tendencies like succulents, cacti & sansevierias.
Plant it up
Once you have selected your perfect plant, you will need to decide on a pot to grow it in. For many indoor plants you will only need to re-pot every few years once they outgrow their current pots. Take care to not select pots that are too big. Generally a pot that is 1-2” larger than your current plant is enough of an increase for a few years. Potting into a pot that is too large will often lead to over-watering of your plants. One final thing to keep in mind about potting up your houseplants is drainage. Always ensure whatever pot or vessel your plants are in has adequate drainage for your plants.
Here are the two most common questions we get about re-potting…
Q: How do I know when it is time to re-pot?
A: Generally, when the roots have grown to the sides of the current pot all the way around, it is time to re-plant
Q: When is the best time to re-pot my houseplants?
A: Just before the plant begins to grow actively is usually the best time. This usually occurs in the early spring.
If you do not want to permanently plant your houseplant into a pot, you can always keep it in its growers pot for a while and place into a decorative pot.
This way you can remove the plastic pot to water your plants and then place them back into your decorative pot once you are done. (This is a great option for people that like to change up their décor every so often) 😊 Happy growing everyone!