Did you know indoor plants not only enhance the appearance of your home, but they can also make us feel good, too! March has given us some frigid temps here in the Midwest, so if you’re anything like me you’re counting down the days until spring. If you’ve been feeling those winter blues set in or you’re simply missing the beauty of life outdoors, why not bring a little greenery into your home and add some easy-to-care-for house plants!
Studies have shown that indoor plants can…
Boost your mood, productivity, concentration, and creativity
Reduce your stress, fatigue, sore throats, and colds
Help clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity, and producing oxygen
Add life to a sterile space, give privacy, and reduce noise levels
Are therapeutic to care for (it’s true when they say Plants Make People Happy)
10 of our favorite house plants to help get you started
Snake Plant (Sansevieria):
This plant gets its name from the reptile-like patterning on its leaves. It thrives with little water (~1 cup per month) and prefers indirect light, which is why they are really hardy and easy to care for. This plant also takes up more space vertically so it’s a great choice if you’re decorating a tight space.
This plant is slow-growing, drought-tolerant, and accepts low-light conditions. This plant is perfect for a windowless office or bathroom that gets little sunlight. It also is an air purifier and according to a NASA study, researchers found the plant to be incredibly effective at removing copious amounts of toxins from the air. As stated on Gardenista.com, the one major drawback of this plant is all parts of it are poisonous and should be kept away from nibbling pets or children.
If you are a beginner or you cannot seem to keep anything alive, this is the plant for you! According to The Old Farmers Almanac, Pothos gets its other common name—Devil’s Ivy—thanks to its vigorous growth and its reputation for bouncing back to life even in the worst conditions! Pathos plants do not need a lot of water to thrive and they can survive shady conditions with some sunlight every now and then. This plant is seriously hard to kill and is the best plant for low light settings hands down. Where in the home are these great for? Anywhere! They look stunning in a hanging planter as well.
If you want to bring the feel of a tropical vacation home, the Split Leaf Monstera is a popular choice. These trendy, low-maintenance plants love bright, indirect sunlight and do not like to be overwatered. Watering when the top 2 inches of soil is dry is best. Ensuring the plant has proper drainage is important, as well, in order to prevent the roots from rotting in case you accidentally overwater it. With its beautiful, lush leaves this plant is a real showstopper so grab your fancy umbrella drink and enjoy a little of the tropics at home!
The Chinese Evergreen- also called Aglaonema- is a beautiful low-maintenance plant and is incredibly versatile and adaptable to a variety of indoor environmental growing conditions. It does well in medium to low light and does best with modest watering.
Heart Leaf Philodendron:
This plant, also known as Sweetheart Plant due to its heart-shaped leaves, is a popular choice because it is really easy to grow and doesn’t require a lot of attention. With its trailing limbs, this plant is perfect to plant in a hanging basket or to sit on a bookshelf. This plant prefers moderate to bright light and slightly moist soil to thrive.
Calathea Makoyana, or Peacock plant as it is more commonly called, is known for its beautiful oval-shaped leaves and distinct markings. It prefers diffused indirect light, and humid environments so bathrooms and kitchens are ideal. The plant requires a moderate amount of water and a regular misting to thrive, but is definitely worth the extra care for the showy foliage. Another neat feature is the plant undergoes observable nyctinasty, where you will actually see the leaves open and close with the daily light cycle.
Rubber plants, formally ficus elastica, are known for their oval-shaped, deep emerald green leaves. They like a lot of bright diffused light and moist, well-drained soil. Rubber plants can grow over 100 ft tall in their natural habitat. You can choose to keep it in a smaller pot if you prefer a medium-sized house plant or if you want it to be a bigger, focal point of the room, increase the pot size and put it outdoors in the summer in either shade or dappled sun to encourage it to grow faster. At a more tree-like size, they can make great space dividers and privacy screening on patios and decks.
Fiddle Leaf Fig:
The fiddle leaf fig is easily recognizable and loved for its distinct foliage. This very popular house plant has very large, heavily veined, violin-shaped leaves that grow upright. These plants will thrive in an area in your home with bright, filtered light, but they are relatively tough and can withstand less than perfect conditions. Water this plant once a week or every 10 days. It’s best to soak the soil until dripping and then let it dry out. It’s important to make sure the pot it’s in has proper drainage to prevent the roots from rotting if overwatered.
Chinese Money Plant:
Money Plant, or Pilea peperomioides, is frequently featured in Scandinavian interiors, where its bright green pancake-shaped leaves provide a welcome burst of color against white walls. While these unique plants are said to be easy to grow, they can be tough to find as they aren’t sold in tons of plant centers or garden shops. This plant likes bright, indirect sunlight, and well-drained soil. How often you water it will depend on the environment it is kept in, but generally once per week will do. If the plant begins to look droopy you’ll know it needs more water.
Basic Tips for keeping your plants alive
Keep a measuring cup around dedicated to your plants.
Set a timer/reminder on your phone so you can get on a consistent watering schedule.
Know what type of fertilizer/amounts are appropriate for each plant and what season to apply them.
Whether you’re a beginner or a houseplant pro, we hope this list has inspired you to add some new, beautiful plants to your home! The overall benefits to having them in your home are pretty amazing, right? Now is the time to start looking as many box stores & greenhouses are beginning to get their stock of houseplants. We hope they bring a little extra joy to you & your home!