To pick the right plants that fit your lifestylе means to find your houseplant soulmates, doesn't it? If it sounds like an impossible task to you, don’t worry: we can help you to make an appropriate choice. We are sure that everyone can become a plant person - despite his/her space, hobbies, or schedule. Check the advice below to pick a suitable houseplant.
1. How much time can I spend?
Different plants need various care routines. While some of them require a regular care plan, others tolerate regular attention.
Option 1: I don’t have much time for care
If you’re a busy person with lots of responsibilities, or you just want an unpretentious plant, your best choice would be a drought-resistant species.
With normal light, drought-resistant plants can survive even without the regular watering routine and do not need special lighting conditions.
Plants to pay attention to: Cactus, succulents, Snake plant, ZZ plant
Option 2: I have much time for care
If you can provide a regular care routine for your plant, we advise you choosing plants that are a little bit more high-maintenance. Don’t be scared of the word “tropical”. Many plants that are considered quite common, like wax plants and “Devil’s Ivy”, came from tropical environments. If your place of living has got other features that are important to their survival — indirect sunlight and moderate-to-high humidity — tropical plants will be the right option for you.
Plants to pay attention to: Fiddle-leaf fig, Prayer plant, Swiss cheese plant, Pothos, Philodendron
2. Where will I place my plant?
Keep in mind that light is an essential factor for every plant - it’s the energy that plants use to photosynthesize. So, think about the space you want your botanical friend to live in.
Option 1: A room without windows
To grow a plant in a place which provides no sunlight is difficult, but possible. You may want to decorate your basement or office with plants. For example, in a dark hallway or basement, installing a full spectrum indoor grow light can create an energy source for your plants. Commercial office buildings often use fluorescent lamps, which may be sufficient to support low-light tolerant plants.
Plants to pay attention to: Pothos, ZZ plant, Snake plant, Chinese evergreen, Spider plant, Dracaena fragrans, Prayer plant, Peace Lily.
Option 2: A room with direct sunlight
When buying a plant, check how much sunlight it needs as well as how intensely the light is passing through your windows.Some plants can withstand direct sunlight from a south window throughout the day, while others are more sensitive to intense light, preferring indirect soft sunlight from an east window.
Use a compass (your smartphone probably has an app for this) to determine the true direction of your room window. If you find your window facing south, colorful plants like cacti and succulents can be a good addition to your space. Another option is to install a sheer curtain to diffuse the intense light so that the plant with moderate lighting needs can enjoy the space too.
Plants to pay attention to:
Northern window – Chinese evergreen, Peace lily, Pothos, Peace Lily, Moth Orchid, Philodendron, Swiss Cheese plant, Nerve plant, Pinstrope Calathe
Eastern window – Prayer plant, Fiddle-leaf fig, Peperomia plant, Angel Wing Begonia, Fan palm, Dumb Cane, Corn plant, Rubber tree, Radiator plant.
Western window – Bird of Paradise, Croton, Zebra plant, Parlor palm, Ti plant, Jade plant
Southern window – Cacti and succulents, Aloe vera, Garden croton, String of pearls, Sweet basil.
3. Do I have pets?
The busy rhythm of modern life doesn’t always allow us to pay enough attention to plants. For always-running people and novice florists, we recommend buying the unpretentious indoor flowers. They easily tolerate dust, dryness, drafts, deep shade and temperature extremes. They don’t mind if you skip watering them once in a while or if you are out of town for a few days.
Here is a list of the most popular unpretentious plants to take care of:
Remember - the plant you choose will stay with you for a long time. While bringing a green friend home, consider all the nuances: you will be the only responsible for your garden prospering. Good luck!