Houseplants are a great addition to any space. They bring color and, through bringing the outside inside, they make anywhere feel more spacious. Of course, their presence is also said to boost your mood, energy level, and even purify the air.
But with so many varieties and so many house plants to identify, how do you pick the right one for the space available in your home?
Your Gardening Level
The first thing to consider is how good a gardener are you? The thrill of bringing home a new plant will quickly be lost if the plant dies a week or so later. If you are new to gardening or seem to have a knack for making plants dies, then you need to stick to the hardier varieties. That’s the plants that don’t need watering often or a lot of attention to survive. That means choosing succulents, such as pothos.
It’s essential to find a reputable supplier, such as Foli8.co.uk. This ensures you are getting a plant that is hardy and healthy, increasing the likelihood of it surviving at home. Don’t forget, the transition from garden center to your home can be stressful on plants, choosing well-looked after healthy plants will increase the likelihood of them surviving the transition.
Of course, the best suppliers will also know about the plants they are selling and can offer free advice when you need it.
Light levels are one of the most important considerations when choosing plants. Some plants need direct sunlight, others flourish when they have plenty of indirect sunlight, and some prefer it to be darker. While some might even require grow lights to grow.
It’s advisable to purchase a light meter and take the readings in the spots you wish to put a plant. Never buy the plant and then do the light readings. You have to choose where the plant is going and then find the right plant for the spot.
You can use the light meter in a variety of locations around your home and record the light levels and how much light each area gets. This information will help you to narrow down your plant choices.
Most plants like humidity, all need water to survive. If the humidity levels are low in the space you’ve chosen then you need to choose succulents. These are plants that store water and flourish in low-humidity areas.
When plants have leaves that are curling they need more water. You can place their pot on a tray that has pebbles and water in it. As the water evaporates the plant will absorb it through its leaves, keeping it healthy.
Once you’ve decided the humidity levels and light levels you will have narrowed your choice to those that will flourish in the space you have available. At this stage, you can choose the plant that you like the most. Don’t forget to consider the flower colors as this will make a big difference to how your plant looks in the summer months.
You should also note that if light and humidity levels are similar, it’s a good idea to rotate the plants in your home. They often flourish with a little change.