The Ultimate Guide To Houseplants

guide to houseplants

Walk into any home, office, or other indoor spaces which are filled with lush, beautiful plants and I’m sure you’ll agree: Nothing quite compares to the refreshing, uplifting feel it gives you. Indoor houseplants serve multiple purposes. They help keep the air clean in our homes, they provide beautiful decorating statements, and they provide us with a calm and refreshing feeling which does wonders for lifting our moods.

For these and many other reasons, every home should have at least one houseplant or two in it. When you’re ready to start including plants inside your own home though, there are several things you should know about before selecting the types of plants you’ll grow.

First and foremost is safety. Many of the most popular indoor houseplants are quite beautiful and easy to grow, but they’re also quite deadly to animals, children, or both. Different types of ivy are an excellent example of poisonous plants, and philodendron is another popular choice for growing indoors, yet it can be quite deadly as well.

Houseplants Guide

If you have pets or kids living in or visiting your home frequently, you’ll need to research the types of houseplants you plan to grow first. Be sure you fully learn if any of the plants you choose can be dangerous. If you choose to grow these types of plants inside your home in spite of the dangers, then be sure you familiarize yourself with the common symptoms that will occur if a pet or child accidentally eats the plants.

Also of course, try to place your dangerous plants in areas of your home which can’t be reached by kids or pets, and to be on the safe side be sure you’ve marked the plants with their name, just in case you need to identify it if an emergency comes up.

Another important consideration for indoor houseplants is to know how much light you have available to give them. If for instance, your home doesn’t have windows in an area which receives adequate amounts of sunlight each day, you may not have much luck trying to grow plants which require several hours of sun. You would instead need to buy houseplants which do best with little sunlight or full shade.

Likewise, the temperature of your home is important too. Most houseplants need moderate, even temperatures all year round to survive and thrive. So if you choose a place in your home which allows the heat of summer in, or the cold of winter, you may not have much luck putting a houseplant in that location.

Generally a plant which produces flowers will usually need more sunlight than one that only produces foilage. And of course tropical plants will need to live in a home which has moist air usually, while desert style plants such as a cactus will do best in drier home conditions.

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