Why buy houseplants?
They’re a great way to add some greenery to your home, brighten up your living space, or enhance the overall appearance of a room. They may also help improve indoor air quality and reduce certain pollutants, like carbon monoxide. Many people enjoy or find motivation in having something at home to take care of, especially useful if you don’t want a pet, aren’t allowed to have one in your home, or are allergic to animals. Plant care can be therapeutic or a relaxing hobby for many people, and not everyone has a yard or space for an outdoor garden. Some studies have even found that keeping houseplants in your home or office can help to improve your mood and reduce stress levels or soothe anxiety. The plants you choose and how you display them can also go a long way to enhancing a room’s decor and style or showcase your personality.
What should you look for in houseplants?
- Type: The sky’s the limit when it comes to the kinds of available houseplants. Tropical and other warm-weather plants that can’t survive the frost are very common since they’re the only way people who live in colder or seasonal areas can enjoy these types of plants in person, but they’re far from the only options. Small trees and bushes, cacti and succulents, palms and ferns, trailing and climbing plants, foliage and flowering plants, bonsais, and bulbs—the list is nearly endless. Think about if you want just typical lush, green houseplants or something a little more colorful. Even with pure greenery, there are many different shades and hues of green to choose from. Plants like crotons, coleus, and begonias have leaves in shades of red, pink, yellow, and orange to your living space. Certain houseplants can also be spotted or striped.
- Size: Even the best houseplants won’t do you any good if they don’t fit properly in your living space. Some are better as freestanding plants, while others are meant to sit on a windowsill or shelf or table. For instance, a fig tree that’s several feet tall isn’t a great choice for a desk plant. And a small plant like a succulent or an African violet will look odd resting directly on the floor. Consider which rooms you plan to display your plants in, what kind of planters you want to use, wherein the rooms you’ll want to put them, and how much space is available.
What are some tips for taking care of houseplants?
It’s also worth considering how much maintenance a plant will require. Different plants have different soil, sunlight, water, and repotting requirements, and some are a lot more finicky and hard to care for than others. Plants like cacti, succulents, snake plants, pothos, and jade plants, to name a few, are known for their hardiness and low maintenance care. Others like bonsais, crotons, carnivorous plants, and some varieties of orchids are much harder to maintain. Be sure to do your research on any plant you want to buy and be sure you can fulfill its needs—a plant that needs a lot of sunlight to live won’t be a good choice if your apartment doesn’t get a lot of natural light or a variety that needs daily watering probably shouldn’t be owned by anyone who travels for work a lot, for instance.
Costa Farms Aloe Vera Live Indoor Plant
With minimal watering needs and the leaves providing aloe gel, you'll get good mileage out of this pretty spotted aloe plant.
Pros: This aloe plant offers some variety in terms of its size and pot designs. You can buy a 4-, 7-, or 10-inch tall aloe vera with four different pot choices, and the grower’s pot also gives you an alternative quantity option, two aloes instead of an individual plant. Whichever size you get, you won’t have to provide your pot or planter if you don’t want it (though this plant can be repotted if desired), and it comes with two other benefits. This aloe will help to filter some pollutants out of your indoor air, and the spikey leaves provide you with a hands-on source of aloe vera gel for dry skin and sunburn relief.
Cons: This aloe vera will need bright and direct sunlight to thrive, limiting the number of places you can place or display it.
Bottom Line: Whether you want to keep one on hand for access to its soothing gel or simply because you like the look of them, this lovely little spotted aloe vera plant is an excellent choice for homes and offices alike.
Costa Farms Live Indoor Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
If you want a very lush-looking plant or one that provides plenty of air filtration, you can't go wrong with this fig tree.
Pros: If you want something a little larger, a freestanding houseplant rather than a desk or countertop one, this fiddle leaf fig tree is well worth a look. This plant has full, lush-looking leaves that will bring deep, tropical greenery to your home. Fiddle leaf fig trees are known for being one of the best houseplants for air filtration purposes, and this product is no exception. It’s also pretty easy to care for, doesn’t require direct sunlight, and only needs watering once a week. You have five possible height options and five pot styles.
Cons: This fig tree is a pricey option and will outgrow the pot or planter it comes in will need to be repotted in a bigger one.
Bottom Line: If purifying your indoor air is one of your main aims in owning a houseplant, a fiddle leaf fig tree like this is one of the best choices. Even if air filtration isn’t a primary concern of yours, the lush, multi-leafed greenery of this fig tree is hard to beat.
Plants for Pets Real Live Potted Succulents
If you want some houseplants but aren't experienced with plant care or travel a lot, these easy-to-care-for, low maintenance succulents will be great for you.
Pros: You won’t have to go out and spend extra money on new pots or planters for these succulents; each plant arrives already planted inside its own sized flowerpot. (Though feel free to move them into a larger vase or glass terrarium if desired.) Soil is included, so you don’t have to provide your own or worry about fertilizing them. The plants and pots are nice and small, only about two inches wide apiece, so they won’t take up excess room and will fit into tight spaces. While this is listed as a set of five succulents, you should actually receive six with your purchase; the company sends an extra just in case one gets damaged during shipping. So you may wind up with a bonus plant for no additional cost.
Cons: The selection is random based on what the company has on hand.
Bottom Line: Succulents are among the most low-maintenance houseplants you can buy, and these assorted, colorful ones are no exception. These classic little succulents will brighten up your living space, office, or wherever else you display them.
Plants for Pets Live Snake Plant
Bring some unique, twisty green vibrancy to your home with this hardy and adaptable snake plant.
Pros: Snake plants are considered a staple houseplant, and if you bring this one into your home, you’ll understand why. It’s a nice size, small enough that it can serve as a table or shelf decoration but large enough to work as a freestanding plant as well. It’s pretty affordable, especially for a household plant of its size. Its twisting green-striped and yellow marble-like vertical leaves bring a colorful vibrancy to any indoor environment, especially if it blossoms with white flowers. It’s quite a hardy plant to boot, able to withstand droughts and low light; it can even adapt to environments with low light and cooler temperatures. (That said, they shouldn’t be kept in a room below 50 degrees F.)
Cons: Snake plants are toxic if ingested, so if you have a dog or cat that likes to nibble on plants, steer clear of this product.
Bottom Line: Snake plants are another classic houseplant that is great for air-filtration purposes and looks good while doing so. They’re known for being virtually indestructible, which makes this product an excellent choice for people less experienced with plant care.
CZ Grain Bonsai Green Weeping Willow Tree
Bonsais are signature tabletop houseplants, and these cuttings allow you to grow your own little weeping willow variety from start to finish.
Pros: Bonsais are perhaps the most well-known indoor tabletop trees on the market and thus can be quite pricey to buy. Growing your own from a cutting is much less expensive, as this weeping willow bonsai cutting proves. Especially since you receive three cuttings with your purchase instead of just one, you have the potential to end up with more than one tree for a fraction of a single bonsai’s regular price. The cuttings should take root quickly, usually within three weeks of starting the process, and sometimes in as little as a single week.
Cons: Bonsais are quite high maintenance plants as it is, and growing your own will take additional research, care, and monitoring.
Bottom Line: If you’re up for the challenge of growing your own bonsai tree from scratch, you’ll love the end result of this weeping willow bonsai tree cutting. It’ll take time, care, and patience to get it right, but the unique and beautiful end result will be well worth the effort.
With so many varieties of houseplants on the market, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding at least one that’s fitting for your home or office. Whether you want a fig tree or snake plant to rest beside your bookshelf, a hanging basket of ivy to liven up your reading nook, or an orchid or African violet as a live, blooming centerpiece on your living room table, there’s a number of options to suit your living space.