Bring the Outdoors In
Tools of the Trade
Soil: Potting soil is specifically for container gardening. It is a mixture of loam, peat, sand, and other nutrients that will help the plant thrive in its container. This soil is treated to fight against the spread of weeds and plant-borne illnesses.
Garden Tools: You’ll need a trowel, hand pruning tools, and a watering can or mister. All these tools will help you grow and maintain your indoor plant. For plants that need humidity, grab a spray bottle for misting. A couple of sprays will have your house plant thriving!
Planters and Pots: If are growing your indoor plant from the root up, you’ll need a pot! Be sure not to pick a pot that is too big or too small, this can stunt the growth of the plant. Remember to look at the bottom of the planter for drainage, this helps prevent waterlog and allows the roots to breathe.
Need more inspiration when choosing a planter? We can help with our buying guide: Pick a Pot: A Guide to Planters & Pots
Here Comes the Sun
Direct Light: These are sun-loving plants, so you can place them right in the windowsill. Plants that thrive in direct light include succulents and fresh herbs.
Indirect Light: If a plant needs indirect light, it means too much sun could damage the plant’s foliage, so they shouldn’t be placed directly beside the window. Plants that require indirect light include the African violet, weeping fig, rubber plant, bamboo palm and Boston fern.
Low Light: Plants that need little light are super easy to take care of and can thrive indoors. Popular low light plants include the peacock plant, dragon tree, spider plant, heart leaf philodendron, peace lily, and snake plant.
Which House Plants Are Pet Friendly?
Pet Friendly House Plants:
- African violet
- Spider plant*
- Boston and Maidenhair ferns
- Rubber plant
- Fresh herbs: sage, basil, thyme
- Lace flower vine
- Parlor palm
- Christmas cactus
*Note: Spider plants have hallucinogenic properties so take caution when considering this plant for your pet-friendly home.
House Plants to Avoid:
- Weeping fig
- Asparagus fern
- Elephant ear
- Swiss cheese plant
- Fiddle leaf
- Jade plant
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