Do you like houseplants? Many people do and I’m the first to admit that I’m not an expert on growing plants indoors, so I’ve invited Lucy of Garden Ambition to share her tips for growing houseplants. I’m inspired to add a few more houseplants, and I’m sure you will too!
Most indoor house plants are planted in greenhouses where conditions and the care they receive are ideal. The challenge here for you is to provide the same care and encourage them to adjust well to their new environment. New to indoor houseplants? Here’s everything you need to know:
Low-Maintenance Indoor Houseplants
If you haven’t cared for indoor houseplants before, you may want to start with the more low-maintenance ones. Not all houseplants require daily care. Believe it or not, there are indoor houseplants that can live with some neglect. These are perfect for homeowners who are always on the go and may not have all the time in the world to care for their plants. We’ve gathered five low-maintenance plants that offer a lot of benefits and more importantly, won’t die on you.
- Jade/Money Tree
Jade belongs to the succulent family, which requires very little water. This plant bears small white and pink flowers and can turn bright red when exposed to sunlight. In the Summer, watering it once a week is enough to keep the plant healthy. Meanwhile, twice a week in the Winter is ideal.
With a name that literally means “tree lover,” philodendron vines grow to be tree climbers in the wild. However, there are several varieties that you can choose from and take home. Philodendrons don’t need a lot of water to grow. In fact, they grow better with dryer environments in between watering schedules.
- ZZ Plant
A perennial from the eastern part of Asia, the ZZ plant is known for its glossy and sturdy leaves. What makes it very easy to care for is the fact that it prefers low light and dryer environments. Dry soil is recommended before you water these plants.
Aloe is known for its treating properties, among many other benefits. It’s a comfort to know that these plants are very low-maintenance too. Simply place it in a brightly-lit room and water bi-monthly.
- Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
The snake plant is for homeowners who want to add a bit of height and character to any space. It has dense leaves in lovely shades of green. The trick to caring for this plant is to simply water along its edges and not in the middle. Only do this when the soil is dry.
Growing Houseplants: Watering Tips
Indoor houseplants come with different watering requirements. Most indoor houseplants should have moist potting soil. In this matter, the distinction between moist and wet soil should be clear. Some indoor houseplants, on the other hand, prefer dry soil before watering. Such is the case of some thick-leafed plants and succulents, requiring water either once a week or twice a month. Here are some ways to gauge when your plant needs watering:
- Check your potting soil. If the color has gone lighter or it shows a few cracks here and there, it’s time for it to drink up.
- Pick your plant up and check if the weight is not normal. You’ll be able to master this technique after some practice.
- Stick your finger in the soil just below the surface and determine if it’s moist or dry. This is especially ideal for large plants.
Growing Houseplants: Lighting Tips
Indoor houseplants still require some form of lighting to thrive. Light gives plants, both indoor and outdoor, the energy to produce their own food and maintain their health. Lighting for indoor plants, it’s best to keep them in well-lit rooms and windows. Artificial lighting is also available for plants that are kept in dimly lit rooms. If these lights are not sufficient for your plant, you can make use of reflectors to enhance the effect of the lighting. Insufficient lighting for indoor plants can keep the plant from growing, so you really want to stock up on valuable information about this aspect of indoor houseplant care.
Growing Houseplants: Humidity Tips
Most indoor houseplants enjoy high humidity. This is rather difficult to achieve indoors, especially in the Winter as heating systems are powered. Solutions to this would be using a humidifier to increase the moisture content in the air or misting the plant’s leaves daily. For indoor houseplants that require a lot more humidity than usual, keeping them in the kitchen or bathroom is ideal. Such is the case of orchids and gardenias.
Growing Houseplants: Temperature Tips
Lastly, we have temperature as a contributing factor in an indoor plant’s growth. Ideal temperatures for indoor houseplants are within the range of 64- 75 degrees during the day and 55-60 degrees at night.
Indoor houseplants are a great way to bring color and warmth into one’s home. Adding a piece of nature indoors can also be great for one’s health. These improve the quality of the air and can transform any indoor area into a relaxing sanctuary. But in order to reap these benefits, you must give them some appropriate TLC.
Hi there! I’m Lucy – founder of GardenAmbition.com and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.