Beginner’s Guide to Caring for Houseplants
Growing houseplants is a great way to start gardening while enhancing the beauty of your home. Like any other gardening endeavor, indoor gardens can be as simple or elaborate as you would like. Here are some general guidelines to help get you started.
Dracaena comes in many varieties and is easy to grow.
Choose Plants Wisely
The first step is to choose healthy, actively growing plants with no signs of disease or distress. Start with plants that are forgiving, rather than ones with special needs. Some suggestions for easy to grow houseplants are:
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Philodendron (Philodendron sp.)
- Dracaena (Dracaena sp.)
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Snake plant (Sanseveria sp.)
- Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
- Peperomia (Peperomia sp.)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
- Diffenbachia (Dieffenbachia sp.)
Most houseplants like bright, indirect or filtered light.
Light and Location
In general, the best place for houseplants is a bright window that gets direct sun only part of the day. Houseplants like light, but most don’t necessarily like to bake in the sunshine. Check the plant’s label and follow the instructions about light requirements. Some tips:
- High or Direct Light: Sunny windows facing south or southwest.
- Medium or Indirect Light: East facing windows, and spots in bright rooms away from the windows.
- Low Light: North-facing windows and darker rooms.
Plants with darker leaves can usually tolerate less light.
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