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Houseplants 101

Becky Shaible

Becky's passion is marketing and her wide range of experience from retail management to accounts management helps her everyday. 

Becky's passion is marketing and her wide range of experience from retail management to accounts management helps her everyday. 

Sep 28 6 minutes read

Live plants can do wonders for you and your home.  If you are like me, you have a bit of a love/hate relationship with your plants (or lack thereof).  I do love them - but need them to be easy to grow and care for! Indoor plants are not only beautiful, they also help clean the environment and air around them. From succulents to blooming houseplants, here is what I have learned to have plants thriving in my home - and now you can too!

Incorporate Live Plants Into Your Home

These low maintenance plants are the perfect starter plants. Especially great for busy homeowners, they don’t require much watering or care and add a nice accent to any room in the house.  Have your local plant store put together a planter with multiple succulents - make it easy!

Humidity loving plants:
Bathrooms can be prime real estate for humidity loving plants. Place your flower pot on gravel, loose rocks or sand to trap moisture and keep your plants happy year-round.   Rotate your plants from other areas in your home in and out of the humidity in the bathroom - it works!

Kitchen herbs:
Your kitchen and cooking will benefit from kitchen herbs! Place them on your windowsill and use them in your favorite dishes.  Parsley and basil are two of the easiest to grow.  

The Best Indoor Houseplants

Peace Lily

Peace Lily's purify the air, provide a calming ambiance, and even neutralize harmful indoor gases. These are perfect indoor plants because they flourish in dark areas, such as bathrooms, bedrooms, and offices.

Golden Pothos

These are a household staple, especially if you find yourself looking at a screen all day. Other than purifying the air, they also prevent ocular hypertension. When you've had too much screen time, relax your eyes and take a break with the Golden Pothos.  Note to self - buy several Golden Pothos for the office!


Cacti are great indoor plants for those who can't seem to keep plants alive for long. Cacti don't require much care and grow all on their own. They require minimal watering, so keep these beauties out of your weekly watering routine! Succulents fall into the same category.  Do have your local plant store choose several and plant them for you in a planter - talk about instant gratification!

Snake Plants

Snake plants, also know as mother-in-law tongues, are vibrant and fun, and also require little maintenance. They thrive on indirect sunlight, and flourish with a single touch. The best approach when caring for snake plants is to drench and dry, which can extend their lives significantly. Another plus: these guys absorb benzene, xylene, toluene, and keep your space free of toxic fumes.

Weeping Fig

Don't let the name throw you off. These plants are ones experts say must find a place in every household. They will help filter out hidden pollutants in common places such as carpets, curtains, furniture, sheets, etc. Weeping figs basically act as an air purifier.


These beauties not only provide colorful décor, but also facilitate a better indoor environment by purifying the air. Don't be alarmed when their leaves close at night, they'll open again in the morning!

How to Care for Indoor Plants

Once you’ve decided to grow houseplants, you’ll need to know how to care for them - especially as the season change, you’ll need to help your plants adapt to the climate inside your home.


I bought a plant… how do I add it to my pot? Choose the right container and potting mix. The biggest killer of plants is soggy soil you must find a new pot that is only slightly bigger and has the proper drainage for excess water. Choose an all-purpose potting mix for most plants or a cactus mix for succulents that require excellent drainage. 


In the fall and winter, you’re most likely turning the heat up in your home. This could be a problem for plants that favor humidity or cooler temperatures. Be sure to keep a close eye on the changing nature of the plant’s water consumption and what climate they prefer. If you notice your plant leaves turning yellow or develop brown patches, consider purchasing a humidifier and moving your plant to a warmer or cooler location.  You can also spritz them with a spray bottle full of water.


Along with drops in temperature, colder seasons also mean fewer hours of sunlight. If your plant requires direct or indirect sunlight to grow, consider placing plants in windowsills or purchasing a grow lamp if this isn’t enough. 


Some plants need additional nutrients in the fall and winter in order to flourish. Not to worry, as this can easily be accomplished by repotting your plants with nutrient-rich soil, which releases nutrients over time. Some soil is specially formulated for indoor plants, which feature all the basic nutrients they will need to thrive inside your home.  It  may also be possible to amend the soil with good, organic plant food.  

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Whether or not you have a green thumb, live plants can do wonders for your home's aesthetic and even your health!

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