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Pick the Perfect House Plant to Spruce Up Your Home

It is safe to say we have all spent a little more time indoors than we were intending to this year and many people are turning to house plants to spruce up and greenify their homes. Increased access to plants, green spaces, and nature have benefits of lowering anxiety and stress levels, increasing mood and self-esteem, and boosting creativity according to the Journal of Environmental Horticulture’s Review of the Emotional and Mental Health Benefits of Plants.

Finding the perfect house plant for your space, however, might not come easily to you. Too often people pick a plant that might look interesting, but they don't have the right conditions to keep the plant happy. If you are a beginner, notorious plant killer, or just want an easy plant-buying guide here are some steps to follow to find a plant that will work well in your home.

Lighting Needs
The first step is to assess the lighting in the room where you would like to place your plant. Plants that require high light, such as succulents and cacti, generally need to be placed on a windowsill that receives direct sunlight for a portion of the day. Plants that need medium light, such as philodendron and calatheas, generally need to be placed within a couple feet of a window, but do not want direct sunlight. Plants that tolerate low light such as sansevieria snake plants, pothos, and ZZ plants are the most versatile. These plants can be across the room from a window, and they do not need any direct sun to be happy. After you have found the spot where you would like to place your plant make sure you purchase plants that will thrive there.

Watering Needs
The second step is to ask yourself how much time you would like to dedicate to caring for your plants. If you know you will forget to water them for a couple of weeks, then stick with low water plants like cacti, sansevieria snake plants, and ZZ plants. If you would like to be a little more involved with your new plant roommates, then bring home some plants that require water weekly, like pothos, philodendron, and calatheas.

Following these few steps should help you gain confidence in selecting a new plant for your indoor space that fits both your lighting and watering needs. For all the pet owners out there, you can also look at the ASPCA’s website to make sure plants you are purchasing are pet friendly. Buying plants is also easier than ever, and it can be done without leaving your home by shopping on eCommerce houseplant websites that ship straight to your house.

Perrico Plant Co. is an online house plant eCommerce website and wholesaler located in Pittsburgh, offering nationwide shipping and free local pickups. To order, visit perricoplantco.com.

Sources:
Journal of Environmental Horticulture (2019) An Update of the Literature Supporting the Well-Being Benefits of Plants: A Review of the Emotional and Mental Health Benefits of Plants by Charles Hall & Melinda Knuth https://meridian.allenpress.com/jeh/article/37/1/30/430948/An-Update-of-the-Literature-Supporting-the-Well



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