How to Plant House Plants


Bring a little of the outdoors in when you grow plants indoors. Some houseplants, such as jasmine, lavender and orchids, add a fresh scent to your home. Plants made their way into homes during the Victorian area, when builders started adding bay windows and sun porches to new homes. The people of this era filled their homes with a variety of plants, such as Boston ferns, fuchsias and jasmines, found in abundance at nurseries.

Step 1

Buy a premium potting soil with added fertilizers from a garden center. Saturate the soil with water, set in a bucket and allow it to sit overnight. The soil will feel moist by morning.

Step 2

Select a container to transplant the houseplant. Choose a container a little larger than the plant's current container with bottom drainage holes.

Step 3

Fill the new container 3/4 full with potting soil.

Step 4

Dig a hole deep enough to cover the roots and up to the base of the house plant.

Step 5

Remove the house plant from its growing container and place it in the hole in its new container. Spread out the roots of the house plant. Firmly pack soil around the roots of the plant and up to the base, under the plant's first set of leaves.

Step 6

Water the house plant daily, unless the soil already feels moist. Skip watering, in that case, until the plant starts to feel dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Premium potting soil
  • Potting container


  • Texas Master Gardener: House Plants
  • The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension: Growing Indoor Plants with Success
  • Gardening: The Era of Palms and Ferns

Who Can Help

  • University of Illinois Extension: Houseplants
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About this Author

Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.