Decorative Houseplants 101:
Nine great indoor plants

Indoor Plant tips
Houseplants can improve the general air quality of a home. When you decide to add houseplants, make sure you understand their light and water needs.

Houseplants offer a variety of benefits including air purification and increased oxygen in our homes, but they’re also capable of beautifying an indoor space. Decorative houseplants can add pops of color and touches of texture to your home. With low-cost and low-maintenance plants available, you can easily add floral décor to any room. Let’s review a few options that will work for your home or lifestyle.

indoor ferns decorative houseplants

Ferns do well in rooms with high humidity, often making them great for bathrooms.

Low-Light Plants

There are often places in our homes and offices that do not get ample light. Those dark corners are often reserved for lamps and bookshelves, but some plants can fill those gaps! There are plant varieties that grow  — and sometimes thrive — in low-light situations.

  • Ferns: Many fern varieties grow heartily in low-light conditions. White Rabbits Foot Fern and Bird’s Nest Fern are excellent candidates.
  • Aechmea Bromeliads: This flowering tropical plant performs well in poor light conditions.
  • Lucky Bamboo: This  plant, said to signify good fortune, does well in a glass container. Just add some pebbles and a few inches of water and watch it spring to life!
Philodendron tips decorative houseplants

Some philodendron varieties are known to be fast-growing even when restricted to an indoor environment.

Low-Water Plants

Keeping houseplants watered is usually the first thing people worry about when deciding which plants to host. Some decorative houseplants don’t require daily watering. In fact, some will grow best when lightly watered one or two times a week.

  • Chinese Evergreen: A well-drained container to prevent overwatering will keep this plant healthy. This cold-temperature tolerant plant is low maintenance.
  • Philodendron: Although this tropical plant prefers warm moist air, it can go days without being watered.
  • Peace Lily: When in need of water this flowering plant’s leaves will wilt. That lets you know know hydration is necessary.
African Violet decorative houseplants

With their vivid color, African Violets are a favorite indoor plant. They thrive under indirect light.

Popular Flowering Plants

To add color to your home you can look to flowering decorative houseplants. Various plants offer a wide range of colors and shapes that can add visual interest to tables, floors, and windowsills!

  • African Violet: Blooming year round is easy for this plant. Just place it on a sunny windowsill every few months. Tons of colors are available, which make it perfect for any décor scheme.
  • Oxalis: Not only are the blooms colorful, but its purple hued triangular leaves are gorgeous. Small bulbs make dividing this plant an easy task!
  • Gloxinia: Huge bell-shaped flowers bloom in late winter or early spring and offer rich colors to dress up a room.
decorative houseplants cleaning

Help your houseplant thrive by regularly wiping it down with a wet sponge or towel.

Nine Indoor Plant Tips

We’ve given your nine great indoor plants. How about we also give you nine tips to keep them thriving? Here you go:

  1. Don’t Over-water! Most houseplants get over-watered because we try to pamper them. Do your best to understand each plant’s individual water needs by engaging in a little research on the species. If you can’t determine your plant’s exact needs, try a happy medium of most watering guidelines: Only water a “mystery plant” when the soil about one inch down is dry to the touch.
  2. Stop Moving Them! Once you’ve found a good spot for your indoor plant, don’t move it to another location. Your plant often exerts a lot of energy to adapt to a location, so making it go through the process multiple times can be devastating.
  3. Fertilizer is a Must! Without direct access to the ground, a houseplant needs a nutritional boost from time to time. Fertilizer types vary quite a bit, and are listed in a sequence of three numbers, such as 10-20-10. Those numbers represent, in order, levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Most houseplants do well with a 10-10-10 formula, but do check on each species’ individual needs!
  4. Regulate Your Indoor Temperature! If you’ll be gone from your house for a few weeks, reset your thermostat with your plants in mind. Don’t let the air temperature crash or spike while you’re away. You can keep them watered while on vacation with this cool device.
  5. Save space! Want indoor decorative houseplants but don’t have the room? Try hanging a few potted plants from your ceiling. Just make sure you can reach the plant easily for watering and other maintenance!
  6. Check the roots! Healthy plants can take a turn for the worse if they become “pot-bound.” That happens when the roots have no where else to grow and begin coiling around the bottom of the pot. If so, it’s time to either separate the plant or move it to a bigger pot with fresh soil.
  7. Wipe It Down! Dust, grime, and other matter can accumulate on a plant’s leaves. This makes it more difficult for a plant to respirate and even blocks the light it receives each day. Every month, wipe down your plant with a moist cloth to clean it off and clear out its respiration mechanisms.
  8. Help Them Reach The Sun! It’s easy to place a decorative houseplant on the floor or in a sunless corner of a room. Use a plant stand to elevate it to expose it to more sunlight for a longer duration each day.
  9. Avoid Vents! Don’t keep your plants near air conditioning and heating vents. The constant flow of air and temperature changes will dry out the soil and damage your plant.

Your Favorite Decorative Houseplants

Whether you’re going for texture or color, houseplants can offer an inexpensive and low-maintenance solution to your decorating needs! Visit your local garden center to learn more about which decorative houseplants would fare well in your home, as well as how much water and sunlight they need.

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