Houseplants guide for beginners - basic care for your indoor plants

Houseplants guide for beginners - how to take basic care of your indoor plants

Houseplants, similar to pets... yet usually a bit greener :), are constantly bringing joy, an avalanche of color and calm into our home and soul, and if we’re treating them well - pouring some water whenever necessary, trimming leaves, adding a bit of good soil, nourishment, sometimes re-potting and occasionally talking or singing to them (yet don’t expect that they’ll talk to you back!) - they’ll grow healthy and blossom.

Moreover, unlikely our kids or partner, they are green, require sparse attention and quiet!

Indoors house plants
Indoor house plants - Pixabay Md Abu Musa

Which plants go where:

Most plants need plenty of sunlight, some are happy with less, while others like both, sun and shade.

Plants that love sunlight - sun keeping them in perfect condition: aloe vera, geranium, jade plants, jasmine, succulents

Some houseplants do not like much sunlight: anthurium, chenille, Christmas cactus (lovely in winter season when starts blossoming), dracaena, philodendron, spider plants

Plants that like shade – usually the ones with spiky leaves: cyclamens, ferns, kaffir lily, poinsettia, the dragon tree, tropical orchids

Plants for which room - indoor decoration:

Kitchen - almost any plant: chenille, daffodils, jasmine (perfect as natural air-freshener, too), lavender, oregano

Livingroom: anthurium, cyclamen, dracaena, fiddle-leaf fig, philodendron

Bathroom - perfect for plants that love (shower steam) humidity: ferns, spider plants, tropical orchids

Bedroom: kaffir lily, poinsettia, tropical orchid

Windowsills anywhere: aloe vera, chrysanthemum, geranium, jade plants, Lily of the Valley, succulents

Indoor house plants
Indoor houseplants - Pixabay DarthZuzanka

Houseplants with easy maintenance 

In our busy day to day life is quite helpful to have easy-to-go plants with colorful leaves that go both for more formal or informal interior spaces:
- anthurium
- cactus
- camelian bonsai
- dracaena
- lavender
- parlour palm
- zamioculcas

Flowering houseplants 

Wonderful blooming indoor plants, full of color, that will brighten up your house, and usually require little care and reward you with vibrant flowers:
- African violet
- amaryllis
- begonia
- flaming Katy
- geranium
- Hindu rope plant
- orchid
- peace lily

Leafy green houseplants that do not blossom 

Are people that do love to have plants as a greenish spot or background inside their room, yet they prefer the non-flowering ones especially because these ones are easier to care for in comparison to the flowering type:
- braided ficus
- dracaena
- parlour palm
- philodendron
- snake plant

Plants dangerous to your pets 

This is quite an important aspect, as you want both your pet(s) and plant(s) to be there for you and bring up joy, yet some plants are toxic for your little fellows:
- amaryllis
- azalea
- chrysanthemum
- cyclamens
- daffodils
- day lily
- English ivy
- hyacinth
- oregano
- Lily of the Valley

Weird shaped indoor house plants 

In case you’d prefer something more unique - that one that definitely will bring you joy over the fifties, why not buy a flower with a funny shape:
- donkey tail - stubborn like any donkey - can resist droughts and long periods of neglect (hope you’ll not reach this point!)
- fishbone cactus - one of the easiest plants to grow and keep alive
- lithop - at first sight it may look like stones with a variety of colors and shapes popping out of the soil
- string of pearls - a succulent that grows long tendrils of cute pearl shape leaves (not for a night out, though!)
- trachyandra - that looks like vigilant noodles in a pot

Weird indoor house plants
Weird indoor house plants - Pixabay Bobana Kovacevic

How to display your indoor house plants to improve your indoors decoration:

A single plant that will be your greenish central piece - you may consider dracaena, a small palm tree, displayed on a box planter or a raised planter. 

A group of plants:
- if small (miniature succulents) they can be set more together, eventually on a dedicated tray or platter;
- if small and taller or big – you can play with their shape and size to display them grouped together, the smaller ones in front or toward sides;
- if big and you have enough space (kentia palms), they’ll be happy toward the corner of the room yet positioned such a way that sunlight could reach to them

Nowadays are so many modern designs suitable both for indoors and outdoors, some looking more stylish, art deco, futuristic, vintage or rustic.
Also, the materials that are used to build them are from varied sources, some eco and natural (rattan, willow, bamboo, cotton string), some from metal, wood, ceramic, plastic, or glass.

From where to buy your new flower or house plant companion 

You can buy flowers from so many sources:
- online - where you could find a large variety, read reviews from other buyers about both, the seller and that particular type of plant; check available collections, offers and save some time arranging to have them delivered straight to your house;
- supermarkets - yet they may not last for longer;
- independent retailers and florists - for more sustainability;
- a local garden centre - where you can find a variety of plants both for indoors and outdoors, specialty soil, feed, gardening tools;
- a flower market - there you’ll also have the chance to meet other houseplants lovers, exchange opinions and get tips for how to best care for your chosen flower, and even make a new friend to share this charming passion.

Dos and donts for your cheerful indoor companions, your house plants:

- read and follow their maintenance instructions
- add fertilizer when needed and read thoroughly the fertilizer’s label before using it
- re-pot them regularly (depending on the type of plant, size, required nourishment)
- set them in proper soil or combination of sand, tiny stones, compost
- avoid keeping your flowers in a windy place where drought could damage them
- keep the potting soil moist and avoid under watering, soaking, or water them too often (some need only a few drops of water once in a while, others every couple of days)
- clean their leaves or put them under a quick shower with water at room temperature
- avoid watering while in direct sunlight and high temperature, better put water early in the morning or in the evening (as if it’s too hot, the water will get too hot and may damage the roots of your plant)
- trim them if they get too big or to boost their flowering
- look if they have any disease and treat them on time
- don’t keep your indoor plants under too much direct sunlight if they like shadow/ respectively do not keep in a dark corner a plant thirsty for light; same related to humidity and exposure to heavy drought.

Houseplants benefits:

- natural air purifier
- reduce noise
- diminish stress
- your own greenish oasis

Indoor plant decor inspiration 

Ooops, this one coming soon!....

Not all indoor plants were born equal, yet no doubt each one of them is unique, a masterpiece of Mother Nature, give life to your house decoration, and once you’ll learn the basics, you can expect regular blooms that will always brighten up your house, and bring you a large smile.

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