Indoor plants are easy to maintain and can be placed in any room of your home. From ferns to ficus, houseplants can add color and texture to your space and offer air cleaning health benefits.
Keep reading to learn about the best houseplants, indoor plants care and maintenance tips, the right location for potted plants in your home, and how to take care of an indoor plant that is dying from the Texas Certified Nursery Professionals at Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery.
How to Pick the Best Houseplants
Picking the right houseplant is easy. First, consider the light and air flow in your space as these are important factors that will help you decide what house plants are ideal for you.
If your home doesn’t offer a lot of natural light, do not stress. Areas with low light can still be used for indoor plants. The ZZ Plant is a great option because it only needs to absorb minimum light and can tolerate dry soil if you forget to water it for a period of time. Plus, ZZ Plant is resistant to plant disease, insects and mites. Additional low light indoor plants include Peace Lily, English Ivy, Boston Fern, Cast Iron Plant, Palms, Pothos, Dracaena and Orchids.
Indoor Plants for Your Bedroom
Another important factor when considering the best houseplants for your space is the location or room you want to put your plants in.
For example, Bromeliads release the majority of their oxygen – while working to remove pollutants – at night so they are a great option to have in your bedroom while you sleep. Other choice indoor plants for your bedroom include Sansevieria, which lessens airborne allergens while it releases moisture into the air.
Indoor Plants for Your Kitchen
Plants that help with moisture control are the best types to have in your kitchen. Ficus Lyrate, also known as Fiddle-Leaf Fig, controls humidity and purifies the air, naturally cleaning your kitchen of chemical compounds and dust. Additionally, Hedera Ivy can substantially reduce the amount of mold in the air.
Dracaena is one of the best plant choices to remove harmful pollutants, like benzene chemicals commonly found in cleaning products, plastics and paint, from the air. Because of their air cleaning properties, Dracaena is an ideal indoor plant for people with asthma.
Live in an apartment or other small space? Succulents and Orchids are compact houseplants that offer many of the same benefits of other indoor plants that work in your bedroom or kitchen. Pair these plants with a colorful pot or container garden to add instant style to your space!
The Easiest Indoor Plants to Care For
While most houseplants are low maintenance, there are a few varieties that are especially easy to care for. Bromeliads, Cacti, Succulents, Airplants, Ponytail Palm, Hedera Ivy, Maidenhair Fern and more are all relatively manageable – even for beginner gardeners.
If you’re too afraid to flex your green thumb just yet, start with Succulents, Cacti or Airplants because they only require minimal watering or misting.
Houseplant Care Tips
Just like outdoor plants, indoor plants need care and maintenance with water, light and proper nourishment to grow, survive and thrive. However, keep in mind that indoor plants do not like standing in water.
Create the proper environment for a houseplant by providing a sufficient draining system with the right type of soil and container. Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery carry many varieties of soil, specially formulated to help specific types of plants, including Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil, made with a combination of professional composted pine bark, professional grade peat moss, composted rice hulls, finest grade of coconut coir, shale, 6 month controlled release fertilizer used by professional growers, wetting agent, and hydrogel crystals that expand and contract based on soil moisture. For our plants that need less moisture, Black Gold® Cactus Mix, which contains a combination of horticulture grade pumice, or cinders, earthworm castings, compost, bark, and forest humus to provide the ideal soil structure and drainage for all types of cacti, bromeliads and succulents, and Black Gold® Orchid Mix.
Indoor plants should be potted with drain holes at the bottom of the pot and a saucer or water tray to allow for proper drainage.
Regularly prune your houseplants to promote continued growth of leaves. Remove discolored or leggy leaves or stems as you see them appear to ensure the plant uses its energy to promote new, healthy growth.
When you buy an indoor potted plant, keep the plant tag handy as it has all the information you need on water and light requirements to care for that specific plant.
Watering Rules for Indoor Plants
As a rule of thumb, follow these instructions below to water your indoor plants.
- Cacti and succulents need periods of dry soil before watering again.
- Plants with thick, lush and green leaves need more frequent watering.
- Plants with waxy leaves need less frequent watering.
Light Requirements for Indoor Plants
All plants need light, but at varying levels. Rotate plants in windows or any space to ensure the leaves get equal light on all sides for healthy, happy growth.
The best indoor plants for low light (less than three hours a day) include one of the most popular houseplants, Philodendron, as well as Pothos, Palms, Boston Ferns and more.
Indoor plants that require medium light (at least four hours a day) include Ponytail Palms and Spathiphyllums.
The best houseplants for high light areas (more than six hours a day) include Crotons, Ficus plants and more.
It’s also important to consider if your plant needs indirect/filtered light or direct/bright light. Place the plant in a room in your home that will provide the right type of light. Not sure? Consult one of our Calloway’s or Cornelius Texas Certified Nursery Professionals and keep your plant tags as a reference.
Food & Nourishment for Indoor Plants
Special plant foods are formulated to provide extra nourishment to plants, which is vital to develop strong roots and grow into thriving plants. Calloway’s Amazing Gardens is a great option for your indoor potted plants. Calloway’s Amazing Gardens is a multi-purpose formula that immediately releases plant food that provides an instant impact to a variety of plants. It’s safe to use on your vegetables, bedding plants, and houseplants. When used as directed, this fast-acting formula helps your garden produce maximum growth.
The Best Temperature for Houseplants
Indoor temperature and humidity levels in your house can affect a plant’s ability to survive and thrive. Keep your thermostat above 55 degrees Fahrenheit and avoid placing plants near cold drafts to keep plants happy and healthy.
How to Take Care of an Indoor Plant that is Dying
Water can truly impact the health and lifespan of your houseplants. It is possible to both water too much and not water enough. Signs of improper watering include slow leaf growth, brown and dried leaf edges, or curled, yellow lower leaves on a plant. Buy a water meter at any Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery location to aid your plants’ growth. Water meters can measure the exact amount of water that your house plant needs, making it easy for you to know how frequently to water.
Stop by your nearest Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery location to speak with one our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals who can assist you with selecting the right products and provide expert knowledge to properly care for your houseplants.