House plants are a modern way to bring color, light, and life into any home. Potted plants, air plants, and succulents are filtering our views on design.
Have you ever wondered why house plants have become a popular accent to most homes? Well, for us, the answer is simple: house plants are an affordable way to bring in a pop of color while adding calm and clarity to any space.
Here's a quick plant breakdown for those of us who aren't blessed with a green thumb:
Succulents + Cacti
The most common of the smaller houseplant varieties are often succulents and cacti of all sorts of colors, patterns, and textures. These are houseplants that will require minimal care and plenty of sunlight, but otherwise do well to fend for themselves. Be careful where you place these: cacti can be harmful around pets and small children, and often, cats are drawn to eating succulents of all kinds. While not toxic to pets, it can become a bit costly to keep replacing your succulents due to your cat's snacking habits.
Water occasionally, make sure they have a properly sized pot, access to humidity, and adequate sunlight, and these plants can pretty much survive even the least skilled planter.
Popular Succulent Varieties:
One of the most popular leafy plant varieties to grow from seed or in pots is a tropical variety. Why? Because these plants often require moderate sunlight, moderate water, and moderate attention, making them especially easy to care for and nurture. Plus, they are plants that will naturally filter the air in your home and help with indoor allergy control.
Tropical house plants come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, making it easy and efficient to decorate your space with as many or as few plants as you want or need. Many varieties have colorful and decorative foliage, making them an easy decorative addition with a simple white or neutral pot.
These plants can sometimes be toxic to animals, so be sure to do some research before you buy. "Toxic" doesn't always mean "deadly", but there are some plants that can have serious health effects on your pets if ingested.
Popular Tropical Plants
Fiddle fig leaf
Any plant with vines and height can be considered a "climbing plant" and can be used in a number of ways to accentuate your space: a vine draped over a doorway or bookshelf adds instant charm to any space, while a split-leaf philodendron (monstera) is perfect for taking up space and growing as big as you'll allow it. Pothos are also great and easy climbing plants with abundant foliage that is perfect for tumbling over the edge of a table or counter.
Arguably the easiest (and most unruly) climbing houseplant is an ivy, such as English ivy. The beautiful colors and natural patterns on the ivy's foliage are perfect for a touch of clean color, while the vines and foliage offer the ability to drape, shape, and stretch the ivy across nearly any surface without damage to the plant itself. Remember to be wary: ivy is rather invasive, so it will crowd out other nearby plants if you don't keep up with it. Make sure you allow enough space for the ivy's growth to expand without covering any other plants that might require direct sunlight.
True to the name, air plants are just that: plants that require no soil - only sun, water, and air. When you purchase an air plant, you'll want to soak it (preferably 45 min.) and then allow it to dry out completely (generally overnight) laying upside down. Once dry, place the plant wherever you'd like: on a cut of wood, in a terrarium, in a hanging vase - anywhere that gets light. Mist your air plant every so often, and try to repeat a soak every 2-3 weeks that lasts for 45 min. to overnight, depending on your weather (hot, dry weather will require longer soaks). Be certain that the air plant has had adequate time to dry out completely before replacing it to avoid molding.
And there you have it: a cheat-sheet to some of the most popular, most in-demand houseplants on the market. These plant varieties are sold at most greenhouses and home improvement chains, but you can also order these plants, seeds, and bulbs online!
Let us know your houseplant tips and tricks as well as your favorite varieties that decorate your home!