How to choose the right plant for your home

In a place with so many options, sometimes choosing the perfect plant for your home could be difficult. Before purchasing a plant, we recommend reading this blog post along with the care guide for the specific plant you want. This will help you decide if a plant is a proper match for your home and therefore reward you by giving you a great gardening experience.

Recommendations by experience level

Beginner, but passionate

We recommend to start with easy care plants. Plants you can “experiment on” such as pothos, syngonium or monsteras that will definitely nurture the excitement to learn about plants, how to care for them, how to propagate them, how to repot them and much more.

Intermediate plant parent

You can move on to plants that are a bit more challenging like ferns, some ficuses, orchids and the list can go on. We recommend to research a plant before you buy it, because sometimes a plant can’t acclimate to different conditions and it’s best to know beforehand.

Level 999999+ plant connoisseur – ummm… why are you even reading this article?

How much time you have on your hands?

Are you a busy person that doesn’t get enough free time for gardening activities? Or maybe a traveler that still wants to come home to a lively space? We got you covered!

Best plants for you are the ones that need minimum attention and that do pretty much great on their own. These plants are usually the one that don’t require a lot of water and like their substrate to dry out completely.

A great fit could be any sansevieria, zz plant or succulent. Most of them can survive without water for a couple of months, sometimes even more depending on the pot size, and this makes them a great option for your home.

If you have a bit more time to spare for your plants, but still not enough to look after them 24/7, you could choose plants that require a bit more love. Plants like philodendrons, pothos, monsteras or syngonium are a good pick.

These are plants that will fulfill your inner gardener, making you experience all kind of activities like repotting, propagating, pruning and much more.

For the (new) enthusiastic plant parents that have more time on their hands, you can experiment with any plant you like. Not to mention that you can take the number of plants you have now and double it! There are a lot of things to enjoy about indoor gardening and the greater the number, the better.

Recommendations by light requirements

Plants have different needs, some of them really crave for that bright indirect light, meanwhile others can grow in modest light. Down below you’ll find a guide with some recommendations depending on your home conditions.

Full sun – succulents and cacti love it

If your home is allowing full sun exposure, the happiest plants to receive it, would be succulents and cacti. Plants with thicker leaves a bit more resilient to full sun, meanwhile thinner leaves are prone to burn quickly.

Some plants can adapt quite well to a few hours of sun exposure every day. An example could be ficus elastica, which can grow amazingly under some gentle sun. The same goes for the fiddle leaf fig (or ficus lyrata) that will love a few hours in the sun. Another example can be snake plants or sansevierias that can grow no problem in direct sun.

The key to grow happy plants in full sun is to acclimate them. Get them used to direct sun little by little, especially If you know that those plants were kept in other light conditions previously.

Bright indirect light – the best option for most indoor plants

Many indoor plants will love bright indirect light, but what does this bright indirect light means? And that’s why we have pictures! So instead of explaining with numbers and physics, we’ll try our best to show you examples of different light conditions.

left: example of enough bright indirect light to make a plant happy
center: medium light – see how the light fades away towards the base of the plant
right: low light, which is not enough for a plant to photosynthesize properly

New plant parents can get confused because there is a difference between what we can perceive (with our eyes) as a lot of light and what a lot of light means for adequate photosynthesis.

A reasonable way to know if your plant is getting enough bright indirect light is to place it as close as possible to a window. Make sure to filter any direct sun with curtains, because some plants may burn.

Medium light / Partial shade – sansevierias and zz plants can tolerate it

If your home is getting some light, but it is not quite enough to call it “bright”, then zz plants or sansevierias might be a great option for you. Yes, we know, we just said that sansevierias grow in direct sun, but the beauty about this plant is that it can tolerate almost any kind of light with some acclimation.

Green plants in general have a better time adjusting to medium light than variegated plants.

Low to no light

We don’t recommend placing any plant under low light or no light. Low light means no food for plants. Plants in low light do not thrive, they are only on survival mode until they cannot take it anymore.

Recommendations by temperature

Medium to high (+22°C)

When your home is warm, you can grow any type of plant without taking a lot of precautions. Aroids will do great in medium to high temperatures, as well as sansevierias, ZZs and anything really.

Chilly homes (18-21°C)

If your home feels cooler, you could still grow a lot of indoor plants with some adjustments. For example, watering should be done less often, since the water will evaporate slower than in higher temperatures.

Some good choices could be philodendrons, pothos, sansevierias, zz plants… you have a lot of options still, but you just have to be a bit more careful about your plant care.

Recommendations by humidity levels

Medium to low (40-50%)

Have we mentioned sansevierias or zz plants before? Because they fit amazing in this category as well. Also, succulent plants will do great in low humidity, since they store all the water they need in those juicy leaves.

Medium (50-60%)

A lot of plants do well in medium humidity, and some of them can adapt quite well. Some aroids are excellent growers in medium humidity, like pothos, syngonium or philodendron, the choices are quite a lot.

High humidity (+60%)

Most tropical plants love humidity, and also tent to develop faster under greater humidity. Philodendrons, ferns, prayer plants, monsteras, anthuriums, syngonium, pothos… the possibilities are endless.

Recommendations by size

Do you like your plants ginormous, or you don’t mind growing them from pups? Or both?

For bigger plants, we recommend placing them on the ground level. Taking into account that are quite heavy, caring for them should be made more accessible.

The bigger the plant, the most difficult it is to help it get even light everywhere, so we advise to rotate it every time you get the chance. Scratch that, we recommend to rotate any plant once in a while, not only the bigger ones. Light should reach to the entire plant, to help it grow evenly and fuller.

Medium sized plants are more flexible and can be placed almost everywhere. Making sure they get that bright indirect light, you can play around a lot of possibilities.

Pups will most likely love the windowsill. Young plants need that light boost to develop strong stems, leaves and structure. So, if you acquired or received or propagated small plants, it’s better to reserve them a very bright spot for their very bright future.

Pet friendly options

Sometimes could be a dealbreaker if a plant is not pet friendly. There are ways to train a pet to not chew on the leaves, but we still recommend to keep the toxic plants out of reach.

The best-case scenario is when a pet doesn’t show any interest in plants and you can splurge on any plant you want… especially since most plants are not pet friendly.

Examples of pet friendly plants are string of hearts, peperomia, pilea, prayer plant, spider plant, hoya carnosa, ponytail palm, some ferns, etc.

Please note that a pet friendly plant doesn’t necessarily mean that it can be consumed by a pet without any worry. Pet friendly plants can still cause mild reactions, so please be careful, and if a major incident happens, contact your local vet.

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