At this time of year we're all craving a little greenery, to lift our spirits and remind us of the possibility of spring. If you're not blessed with a green thumb, however, we've rounded up a list of great indoor plants that even the most challenged gardeners among us can manage to take care of. Read on for our guide to houseplants 101!
Fig trees are pretty trendy, there's no denying it, often cropping up in stylish interiors. But they are more than just good looks! Behind that cheery green foliage is a hardy plant that can do well in almost any bright location in your home—just be careful to keep yours out of direct sunlight. To keep a fig tree happy, water it generously in the summer and a little less in the winter.
This one is for those of us who tend to go a little overboard with the watering, which is generally a no-no according to houseplants 101. Enter the peace lily—this particular plant thrives even with too much water, so you don't have to worry that you may be doing damage. Place your peace lily in a spot that receives bright, indirect sunlight, ideally in a nice warm room in your home. They offer the benefit of helping filter toxins from the air. We love the subtle splash of colour too!
Rubber tree plants have presence; they are substantial-looking with broad, waxy leaves. Again, bright light that is indirect and not too hot is ideal when it comes to placement. If you've got a window dressed with sheer curtains this could be the perfect spot! According to the principles of Feng Shui, placing a rubber tree near the entrance of your house introduces good chi to your living space. Houseplants 101 bonus tip: they grow really well so you'll want to keep on top of pruning!
Orchids are undeniably elegant; they have a way of classing up any space they're in. They have a knack for looking exactly right, whether in a traditional room layered with lots of tchotkes and an ornate rug, or in the most pared down, modern environment. Best of all, they are super-easy to care for: they prefer low light, require minimal watering (once a week suffices), and are pretty forgiving. Low maintenance but plenty of style! That lovely jolt of colour can't be beat either.
We close with a bit of an unorthodox choice, just to mix things up and share the glory with some of those lesser-known plants out there! These little evergreen trees are great year-round, not just at Christmas, and have a delicate, lacy appearance. Norfolk Island Pines like medium to bright light and will reward you by removing harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air! Give yours a good, thorough misting at least once a week (in addition to watering) to help the needles stay nice and green.
We hope you'll be adding an indoor houseplant to your living space soon. There are hundreds of terrific options, so get out there and find your plant soulmate! Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow the Marina Homes blog for more great home decor tips.