10 Houseplants That Will Beautify Your Home
Whether it's to purify the air, bring a touch of the outside in, practice keeping something alive before having a baby, or because you love the look, houseplants add life and drama to any interior. From tiny plants to towering tree, fussy fauna to those that are entirely fuss-free, there's a houseplant for every room and every homeowner. You just need to know how to help yours thrive.
Looking for a few universal houseplant care tips? Rotate your plant a quarter turn about each month or so and you'll keep stems straight and forms full rather than creating freaky, leaning specimens that are so clearly reaching for that window. Speaking of begging for light exposure, low-light doesn't mean none at all. Even the most tolerant of houseplants need some amount of light. An easy tip to know if your set up is correct: Bright light means you can see shadows in the room, low light means you can't. Just be certain there is actually some sunlight penetrating the room.
When it comes to finding the perfect spot for your new green friend, mind the extremes of your home. Don't place plants in drafts, next to vents, or against the glass of windows. The easiest way to allow for drainage (an absolute must) is to keep plants in plastic nursery containers and sink them into decorative pots sans holes. This lets water drain out without making a mess of your shelves or floor. And never underestimate the power of a sponge bath. Wiping down leaves from time to time with a wet cloth not only makes plants pop but also helps keeps plants healthy and pest-free.
We'll let you in on one last secret: Most houseplants are perfectly happy to be watered just once a week, and maybe even a touch less in winter. That seems to be the secret formula that works for nearly all. But to be the best plant parent, we've selected some plants that are perfect for indoors and given you further instructions to help yours grow so it's happy and healthy.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
This low light houseplant gives a tropical look in an instant. It's a slow grower but fronds get bigger and bigger over time, so give it plenty of space. ZZ is actually a succulent, so less is more when it comes to water.
Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)
Glossy, leathery dark green leaves are the calling card of this classic. Eventually reaching the ceiling, give your rubber tree room to grow tall. Rubber trees are happiest in bright light and appreciate regular water.
Fiddleleaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)
Anyone who's anyone has a fiddleleaf fig. Large glossy leaves grow up to 15 inches long by ten inches wide, adding drama to any setting. Fiddleleaf figs like bright, indirect light and regular water.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Spider plant is the gift that keeps on giving—literally. If happy, the mother plant, resembling a clump of broad grass, will regularly send out "baby" plants from long stems. To show off this unique growth habit, grow spider plants in hanging baskets. They can handle lower light and average water.
Pineapple relatives, these tropical beauties form clusters or rosettes of long, pointed leaves, in all sorts of colors and patterns. Flowers vary, but many are absolute showstoppers. To water bromeliads, simply fill their "cup."
Silver Torch Cactus (Cleistocactus Strausii)
Add fuzzy white columns to your space with this cactus. Just don't get too close—those glochids aren't as friendly as they look. Silver torches can handle bright or low light, and only need water when the soil is dry.
Golden Pothos or Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum)
Plant devil's ivy, a classic climber, in a spot where branches lined with heart-shaped leaves can sprawl long distances or hang from the top of shelf. It isn't fussy about light and likes to dry out between waterings.
Tree Philodendron (Philodendron Selloum)
Leaves of this tropical vine grow from a self-supporting trunk, taking up more and more space over time—ideal if you're going for the Jumanji look. Philodendron appreciate bright light and conditions on the moist—but not soggy—side.
Star Window Plant (Haworthia Cuspidata)
Not all succulents are happy indoors. Haworthias are a fantastic choice if you're taking the succulent route. They're happy in low light and with low maintenance. Just don't let them get too soggy and they'll reward you.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis Exaltata)
This classic adds big time lushness with minimal effort. Boston ferns like bright, indirect light and regular water.