Houseplants promote good mental health, texture, air purification, and something beautiful to enjoy during your day.
Life is a garden, even indoors and there’s a plant just waiting to bring this side table, desk and bookshelf to life. Good old-fashioned potting soil, fertilizers and a watering routine make all the difference in maintaining an indoor refuge.
Check out these five tips for perfecting the art of indoor gardening:
- Choose the right plant and the right place: Start with an easy plant from our suitable for beginners suggestions below. Check your space and see where the gap is to fill. Choose a plant that likes the light conditions of the chosen area.
- Choose the right pot: Choose an appropriately sized pot with good drainage holes and don’t forget the saucer that catches excess water.
- Get a good potting soil: A bag of delicious potting soil goes a long way. Add a few small stones to your pot before adding compost. This will help with drainage and prevent root rot.
- Get to know your new plant: Understand your plant’s light, watering, and soil needs. Observe how the plants react in the space and change their position if necessary. Stick your finger in the pot and touch the ground, this will tell you if your plant is ready to be watered.
- Feed your new plant: Generally speaking, every six weeks is a good time to fertilize. The new baby plant now depends on you to maintain the integrity of the nutrients inside the pot.
Here are our top 10 plant picks that will bring color and freshness to your space.
Be careful with beginner-friendly options for beginning gardeners.
- button fern (Pellaea rotundifolia)
Light likes: Shovel enjoy humidity without direct sun, high to medium light will do.
Soil and water: Allow the top layer of soil to dry out between waterings.
During weekends: Button ferns can be found cool in a damp bathroom on the windowsill or in a hanging basket. Its dark green, evergreen, button-shaped leaves like to explore.
- blue star fern (Phlebodium aureum) beginner-friendly
Light likes: Medium to high lighting with no direct or partial sun, they are very adaptable.
Soil and water: Enjoys wet on dry, water well when thirsty.
During weekends: The forest-like foliage of blue star ferns, with curious wavy blue-green fronds, can be seen swelling and attracting attention wherever it goes.
- bird’s nest fern (Asplenium Nest)
Light likes: Medium to bright, no direct sun. They love heat, humidity and humidity.
Soil and water: Moist, rich and loamy does.
During weekends: Bird’s nests are always cheerful with tropical light green fronds, resembling banana leaves. They are good in limbo, but don’t touch their new fronds as they grow.
- Kumquat tree – suitable for beginners
Light likes: Super bright light, even direct sunlight if possible. They also enjoy the terrace.
Soil and water: Regular watering with excellent drainage.
During weekends: This carefree plant can be seen showing off dozens of small, bright orange fruits. They are good for inspiring new recipes for jams and preserves.
- Swiss cheese factory (Monstera deliciosa) beginner-friendly
Light likes: Medium to bright, no direct sun, but they like warm corners.
Soil and water: Good drainage with weekly watering.
During weekends: You can find the Swiss Cheesemaker looking for things to climb on with its flamboyant, tall, and laden leaves. Beware, this plant stings and is toxic to pets.
- Triostar Stromanthus (stromanthe sanguinea)
Light likes: Near a window with lots of natural light, no sun. Rotate your pot every week.
Soil and water: Well-drained, fertile soil that is kept moist but not soggy.
During weekends: Triostars are pretty, with impressive bright pink foliage.
- Dragon Rider (Dracaena marginata) beginner-friendly
Light likes: The brighter the better, but they are adaptable.
Soil and water: Good drainage and regular watering.
During weekends: Dragons are sturdy with striking green, sword-shaped, red-edged leaves that stand to attention.
- Flaming Sword (Vriesea splendens)
Light likes: They take advantage of the morning sun with intense light throughout the day.
Soil and water: Add some orchid mix to your soil, water infrequently but not completely dry.
During weekends: Flaming swords can be seen proudly parading their yellow-orange flowers that look like playful swords. Unfortunately, they decline after flowering, but they will leave you with offsets first.
- cymbidium orchid (Cymbidium spp.)
Light likes: Soft sunshine and good light is the kind of mood orchids have.
Soil and water: Loamy, moist, well-drained soil.
During weekends: Its stunning sprays of large flowers are a sight to behold. Enjoy it while you can, it will be a while before you see its blooms again.
- areca palm (Dypsis lutescens) beginner-friendly
Light likes: Areca loves sunlight and warmth.
Soil and water: Avoid soggy soils but water them moderately.
During weekends: These golden-trunked, bamboo-like palms can be seen growing at their own pace, taking time to spread all of their friendly fronds.
To help keep your houseplants looking their best and breathing well, use a damp cloth to clean their leaves of any dust.
Don’t forget to check which plants are ready to plant now or plan ahead for the right season and house the indoor gem of your dreams.
A spray bottle is also great to have on hand for quick watering touch-ups.
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