Houseplant Checklist

Selection

  • Know if the location for your plant receives bright, partial or low light.
  • Plants usually have a care tag that will give information on required light, water and growth patterns.
  • Before buying, look the plant over carefully. Examine the leaves for holes, insects, yellow or brown leaves, wilted or dead leaves. Pass up plants that look unhealthy.
  • If the roots of the plant are growing out the drainage holes, the plant is root-bound and needs to be re-potted in a larger container. If the mass of roots is very large, the plant might be in poor health and not survive transplanting.
  • Potting soil should have an earthy smell, not sour or unpleasant. There should not be insects, fungus or white crusts on the soil.

Regular care

Problems

Growing plants indoors is a great way to bring the beauty and color of nature into your home. There is a tremendous range of plants that grow indoors, many with colorful flowers or foliage. Indoor plants help purify the air in your home, providing health benefits by increasing humidity, removing pollutants from the air and increasing oxygen levels. With all those benefits, what's not to love?

Tips

  • Low light. Some of the best plants for low light are Chinese evergreen, corn plant and snake plant.
  • Medium light. Good choices for medium light are pothos, palm and peace lily.
  • High light. Your brightest location is a good spot for croton, umbrella tree and ficus.