Houseplants are a lot of fun, and seem to be a popular trend lately. But choosing a houseplant isn’t just as simple as picking out one that you think is cute! For example, I would love one of the very popular Monstera plants, but it turns out they are super toxic to pets. I would be devastated if I had chosen a plant that made my cats sick or even worse, caused them to die.
So here are some pointers when choosing a house plant. The best thing you can do before heading to a store is hop online and do your research! If possible, bring a smart phone to the store so that you can google plants for more information.
1 – Light requirements
The first thing you should consider is how much sun the plant needs. Something like a succulent is going to need a bright, sunny area. If you don’t have a bright windowsill, it will not thrive. Other plants, like pilea or ferns, prefer a shady environment, and you want to make sure they won’t get too much sun. Do a little research and read plant tags, and be aware of just how much sun your plant location gets.
2 – Consider your pets
Many plants are toxic to pets, so always check to see if they are pet safe! This even goes for plants you are not planning on keeping long, such as poinsettias or lilies, which are toxic to cats.
3 – Size
Be aware of how big your plant is going to get. Is it a trailing plant that needs space to hang? A large tree or plant that needs room to grow? You may choose something small, but it could get huge! Just like you would probably choose an outdoor tree based on how large it is going to get, you should have an idea if an indoor plant is a good fit for your space.
4 – Care requirements
Before you purchase a plant, be aware of what kind of care it needs, in addition to how much sun or shade it needs. This goes for soil conditions, watering, type of pot, and so much more. If you bring a succulent home and water it every day, it will die! Do your research so that you know what kind of care goes into keeping your plant alive.
Oh gosh, I don’t even bother with plants anymore. I just wind up killing them all. But I do have a lot of fake ones.
I have to admit I do not have a green thumb and my indoor plants do not do well. I have two dogs so I have to keep them in mind if I try to get a plant.
I dont do many house plants as I dont have the space near my windows. So the plants will not get enough sunlight
These tips are very helpful. I love my house plants.
I need some house plants badly. I never know which ones are right, so I appreciate the tips!
Thanks for the knowledge. I was planning to have some indoor plants so this is so helpful
I am planning to put house plants in our living room and dining area, and these are great tips that I need to consider. Thank you!
I only found out Lillies were poisonous to cats the other week when I bought some for my mum. She had to keep them away from the cat Ops, wish I’d seen this earlier.
I have killed so many houseplants. So far my Snakeplants are doing great though! I learned my lesson after I killed my first one.
I love having houseplants. I have a few of them. They really do make the home nice.
These are some awesome tips! I love decorating with plants.
I love to have Houseplants but choosing what’s nice is pretty tough. Thank you for sharing these tips.
We were moving to our new place and I wanted to add some houseplants. This is perfect timing thanks for the ideas.
Thinking of getting houseplants and thanks I was able to learn tips from you. Will definitely consider this. Looking forward to having my soon to be plants at my home.
Wow! I can now choose what indoor plants do I need to have in my home after reading this blog. Thank you for sharing this valuable article.