Have you noticed the thriving, healthy indoor plants on your favorite binge show? Want to be a proud plant parent yourself or gift houseplants to friends with green thumbs? Take our sage advice on successful care of indoor plants.
First, pick plants that require little maintenance unless you want to spend all of your free time talking to them. Even then, still get low maintenance plants, just more of them and let them talk to each other! Garden jokes aside, customers ask us most often for plants that are easy care. Thankfully, there are many listed here.
All indoor plants require watering, whether it be a light mist through the winter months or a weekly soak through well-drained soil. Even air plants, Tillandsia, need water every week or so. Neantha Bella Palm, Ficus, aka Rubber Tree plant, and Calathea thrive in evenly moist soil. Semi-succulent plants like Hoya-Kerrii , ZZ plant, and Sanseveria grow best when the soil completely dries out before watering again (read as “I forgot to water you and you are still alive!”).
Indoor plants with colorful leaves like Croton may be less colorful with less light. Succulents, cacti and Croton make great windowsill plants for full sun exposure. Maranta and Cryptanthus do well in bright, indirect light, like a western exposure. If you have a room with low light that needs some plant love, try Aglaonema, the Chinese Evergreen or Nepthytis, the Arrowhead plant.
With heart-shaped leaves and an easy-going attitude, Pothos is THE indoor plant for people too busy for houseplants. Lovingly referred to as the Devil’s Ivy, Pothos is hard to kill. If you are a more attentive plant parent, try tropical plants like Hoya Carnosa Tricolor and Stromanthe Triostar that like humidity. Place them on a pebble tray and keep them away from drafts and AC vents. Monstera, the Swiss Cheese plant, shows off climbing a trellis or moss pole and likes to re repotted every two years. Adenium Desert Rose wants light fertilizer in the spring to bloom and flourish.
We have a variety of indoor plants that fit the needs of all plant parents. If you’re not sure which one to adopt, ask our staff which plant is best for you, and enjoy the carefree parenting style of raising houseplants.