Houseplants Can Brighten Your Home

Houseplants are extremely popular. From the rise in social media posts, Instagram accounts and blogs on the topic, you could even think they are growing in popularity. There are many different types of houseplants, which vary in care, light and water requirements. However, many people have decided that despite time and care needs, their houseplants are worth it.

Indoor plants can boost mood and concentration, according to some studies. They also reduce stress and small, irritating illnesses like sore throats and colds. They can also help clean your indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen (remember elementary school science class?). All of these benefits have made houseplants very popular.

Easy-care houseplants for beginners and busy people

Everyone has something going on, from school and work to kids and activities. Whether you’re a total newbie to caring for plants (indoor or outdoor) or you just don’t have time every day to dedicate to it, here are some plants to start your houseplant collection.

Snake Plant

Considered a great plant for people who can’t keep anything alive, snake plants are very easy to care for. They may even do best when forgotten about! Let the soil dry completely between watering, and they can tolerate a variety of light availability, so a corner or a windowsill should be fine. Go ahead and go on that three week European vacation! Your snake plant will be waiting to greet you when you get back.

Philodendron

Another great plant for busy people. The philodendron is a beautiful green color and easily adapts to your home’s conditions. Let the top of the soil dry out before you water again, and make sure it has some indirect sunlight to help it thrive. Another fun thing about these plants is they can easily move from indoors to out on the porch if you want to bring it out to greet your guests from time to time.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are a fun plant that you can put on a shelf, a table or hang in a hanging basket! A great thing is they rarely have any issues other than brown tips of the leaves. Let the soil dry out between waterings so the roots don’t begin to rot. Give them some nice sunlight each day.

When you see the offshoots, let them grow and soon you’ll have “babies” or “spiderettes” you can replant and have more spider plants! Find some tips from The Old Farmer’s Almanac here.

Peperomia

There are many types of peperomia, so check out the varieties available at your garden center. These plants are great for spaces where you don’t always have the best sunlight (like a corner, a bathroom, a room with just a small window). Let the soil dry out between waterings and your plant will remain happy.

Succulents

There are so many kinds of succulents than you are sure to find one in the size, style and color you want! Some stay small while others can grow pretty large or spread out.

The exact care will depend on the succulent you select (a quick search of the name on the tag will help you find specifics), but in general they do best in well draining soil and get some sunlight.

3 things to keep in mind

  • If you have pets or small children, be sure to put toxic or poisonous plants up high out of their reach (or just stick to the non-toxic plants).
  • If you don’t have a lot of light, that’s okay. Keep that in mind when selecting houseplants, because there are some that can handle low light.
  • Remember, if you don’t know how to care for something, all you need to do is turn to Google. You can find out how often you need to water it, how much sun it likes and if you cat can nibble on it.

Getting ready to sell? Houseplants can add some special touches when showing your home. Then get in touch with us, and we can help walk you through all the steps. The Edge Group has offices in Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale, and our friendly agents have the knowledge and experience needed to make your experience quick and convenient.