How to Choose a House Plant


House plants add natural beauty to the home, adding warmth to the decor. Choosing the correct house plant for your specific situation increases the chances it flourishing. While the visual appeal of the house plant is important, other factors influence the plant's ability to thrive. Knowing what you need before you head to the plant nursery saves you headaches down the road and allows you to find the house plant that meshes well with your lifestyle.

Step 1

Assess the growing conditions inside your home. Identify potential locations for a house plant and determine how much sunlight is available in the location. Choose a house plant that grows well with the amount of sunlight available in your home. Also consider the amount of moisture in the air. Some house plants grow better in dry air while others prefer more humid conditions. Check for drafts that could cause problems in the winter for plants that need warm temperatures.

Step 2

Consider the inhabitants of your home. If you have children or pets, choose a plant that works well with them. Some plants are poisonous, and can be a hazard to young children and pets.

Step 3

Identify the type of plant that fits in with your decor and personal preference. Factors to consider include the size of the mature plant, the appearance of the leaves and the presence of flowers. If you want flowers on the house plant, decide which colors you prefer.

Step 4

Decide how much work you want to put into your plant(s). Be realistic about how much maintenance you want to do. Choose a plant that requires the amount of time you're willing to invest.

Step 5

Consider plants that are shown to help clean chemicals from the air. English ivy, spider plants and the peace lily are amongst the list of plants that provide the most air-cleaning qualities.

Step 6

Make a list. Write down your preferences and other factors to consider when it comes to house plants. Take the list to the nursery and browse the options they have available.


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Shelley Frost is an Iowa-based writer specializing in parenting and education topics. She started writing for online publications over two years ago. Her work can be found on websites such as and Frost holds a B.A. in elementary education with a minor in reading.