One of the best ways to instantly lift a favorite space is the addition of some well-placed greenery. They are not only easy on the eye, but they are also mood enhancing.
The above infographic from Flowercard has some useful care tips and while various plant types have specific care guidelines, a couple of rules apply to those you may like for your home.
Frequent watering is essential. While most plants also need exposure to light, many won’t stand up to direct sunlight. Don’t leave them exposed, unless the plant thrives in such conditions.
EZ Living Interiors have compiled this excellent guide that shows us what plants are ideal for various rooms in our home. They suggest Aloe Vera or Snake Plant for the Bedroom and they also have included excellent tips on how to keep them alive.
Easy Care Houseplants
The following houseplants need little watering and are the perfect starter plants for beginners! They also are the perfect plants to give as gifts if you’d like to do so since they won’t be a major commitment for the gift recipient.
Cacti: A cactus plant needs little water (hey, they thrive in the desert!), and can basically be left in a sunny spot on your windowsill. They do, however, need to be kept at temperatures of 13 degrees Celcius or higher, so be sure to move them to a warm spot when the weather gets cooler.
Succulents: Succulents, much like Cacti, need to be kept in full sun and watered sparingly. These little plants only need to be watered about once per week, and there are so many beautiful varieties to choose from. They also look great in fairy gardens!
Tillandsia: These small evergreen plants produce beautiful flowers, but thrive in warm, humid conditions. Be sure to mist them regularly to simulate the humidity of their natural climate and you’ll have beautiful blooms all over your home!
This Cheat Sheet from Modern-Rugs has some excellent recommendations for the various rooms in your home.
Peace Lilli’s and Moth Orchids are great for the bedroom and English Ivy and Chinese Evergreen are excellent choices when it comes to your bathroom.
You also need to take into consideration the amount of light that your plants will require. This Infographic from University of Illinois shows you from low to high light range. This will assist with your placement.
How To Care For Indoor Plants Video
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These plants are perfect for humid spaces, such as the bathroom. You can still keep them in dryer rooms, but you’ll need to give them a good misting every day. Their needs for water and light vary, however, so be sure to pay close attention to which variety you choose.
Prayer Plant: This houseplant needs to be kept in low light at temperatures above 16-degrees Celcius. It also needs to be watered quite often.
Boston Fern: The Boston Fern does well in a room with a little sun, but shouldn’t be put right into direct sunlight. It needs to be watered often and also thrives in slightly cooler temperatures of 10-degrees Celcius and above.
Chinese Evergreen: This houseplant grows big, beautiful leaves that are perfect for filling up empty space in your home. Be sure to water them moderately and keep them in a darker corner.
Peace Lily: Here is a plant that actually thrives in the shade! It does need to be kept at warmer temperatures of 15-degrees Celcius and above, and it should be watered often.
Moth Orchid: The Moth Orchid produces beautiful blooms, similar to orchids that will brighten up a room! They can be tricky to raise, however, having to be kept at temperatures above 18-degrees Celcius, watered regularly and kept out of direct sunlight.
Houseplants For Home Decor
Snake Plant: Just as it sounds, the Snake Plant has multiple long leaves that ‘snake’ out, but look lovely in a nice, big pot. It needs minimal light, minimal water and should be kept out of direct sunlight, making it a great option for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to put into plant care.
Autograph Tree: The autograph tree needs moderate waterings, can be kept at temperatures as low as 12-degrees Celsius, and thrive in dimly lit rooms. They really do look like mini trees, making them a great decor option for small spaces that need a hint of greenery.
Zebra Plant: The Zebra Plant has beautiful striped leaves, thus the name, and is another easy-care houseplant to have around. It’s white stripes give any room a brightening effect, and it needs little water and just a small amount of light.
Ivy: Everyone loves to see Ivy leaves climbing the side of a trellis, but it also looks lovely hanging in your home or sitting on a shelf. Ivy is one of the strongest houseplants in this list, needing to be kept only at temperatures above 0-degrees Celsius, and needing only moderate watering.