A Guide to Choose Houseplants

If you have noticed, indoor plants are the latest interior design trend. Homeowners are taking the garden inside to bring life and beauty to their homes. Plants can instantly make your space look more vibrant and lively. Besides enhancing the beauty of your home’s interior, indoor plants also provide other benefits. Creating a green home is the best way to surround yourself with natural beauty. You can keep living plants in your bedroom, dining area, or living room. The sight of green plants allows inhabitants to relax besides improving the air quality of the home. Houseplants are, indeed, a great addition to any space. However, not every plant can survive inside your house.

How to Choose Houseplants?

When you visit a local nursery, it’s easy to fall in love with several plants. There are hundreds of options available and you could buy a plant by visualizing how beautiful it will look in your living room, office desk, or kitchen. However, once you take the plant home, within a few days its leaves start falling and the plant dies. This happens because people buy plants based on their appearance. So, before you make the same mistake, remember not all plants can handle an indoor environment. Most plants need fresh air, sunlight, and rain to flourish. Typically, plants from subtropical climates can survive under a roof. So, before you buy houseplants, make sure to consider factors like indoor temperature, room condition where the plant will reside, etc. To help you pick the right indoor plant, here are some tips.

1.      Room Conditions

The most important factor is room condition which determines whether a particular plant can survive in your home or not. The climatic condition of different regions varies which means you need to choose only those plants that can grow in that temperature or humidity. Most plants grow well during spring and summer; however, during winters when temperatures fluctuate, plants may find it difficult to survive. An experienced professional at a reliable nursery can help you guide about the climatic condition suitable for different plants. Also, some plants need humidity that they don’t get inside due to heating and cooling systems that dry out the air. So, look for plants that need less humidity.

2.      Lighting

Another important factor is light which impacts a plant’s growth. If you place a plant that needs direct sunlight under the roof, it will eventually die. The plant you choose depends on the direction of your room. It means that a southwest-facing window can be right for plants that need more light instead of a north-facing window that receives low light. So, make sure to choose the right spot for the plant based on their light requirement.

3.      Plant Size

Indoor plants are usually divided into 2 types: desktop plants and floor plants. If you want something for decorating a table or shelf, consider small desktop plants that are less than 2.5’ tall. However, if you want the plant to stand out and make a statement, go for floor plants that are tall and can be placed near the couch or empty corners to fill up spaces.