We're home a lot more these days, so why not add a little green to your living space to lift your mood and clean the air? Learning which plants will grow in your individual environment can be a game of trial and error, but you can add a luscious green touch to your home even if you don't have a green thumb. The secret to a healthy plant is to make sure you know each plant's unique needs and to provide the right amount of light and water. We asked the experts for five easy-to-care-for houseplants. Get out your watering can!
Cameron Curry, Tik Tok plant influencer and owner of Sarasota's Market Botany, says the pothos is the plant for everyone. Widely known for its ivy-like appearance, the pothos drapes beautifully over a mantle. It’s also fairly easy to propagate and grow. Pothos loves bright indirect light. To avoid overwatering, you'll want to make sure the soil is completely dry between waterings.
Sharing a similar resemblance to pothos but known for its thinner, heart-shaped leaves, philodendron is "a step above" because it tends to have bigger leaves, says Curry. Caring for the philodendron will have similarities to the pothos. While it thrives in bright ambient light, you'll want to monitor the leaves in case they start to brown, which indicates too much direct light.
These plants aren't as difficult to care for as you think. While most only bloom once a year, you can expect the flower to last for three months, as long as you give them the right requirements. The secret: a well-lighted window, suggests Donna Alese-Cooke, the residential horticulture agent at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Depending on the size of the plant, it may require between 2 tablespoons and 1/2 cup of water. Once a week is a good rule of thumb, but always check the roots. To ensure healthy roots, allow the soil to almost dry out between watering. Otherwise, it may succumb to root rot.
You've probably seen this trendy plant, known for its minimalist charm, all over Pinterest. Wilma Holley, a program specialist at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, urges the importance of managing the watering level since they're prone to overwatering. Make it a habit to check the soil for dryness—a good indicator that your succulent is in need of water. “They do very well on the deck or in the house, as long as there’s enough sun,” says Wilma.
This pretty plant is known for its silvery dark green leaves and ability to remove toxins in the air. It likes low light and thrives in relatively low humidity, according to Alese-Cooke. A cool spot, directly out of sunlight, is the best space for this one.
For pet owners, make sure your favorite houseplants are safe for your four-legged friend. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a guide here.