Choosing Your Houseplants

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 28, 2018)

While many people may like to think that picking houseplants is as easy as going out to the store and grabbing one, this sadly isn't the case. Many times a dead or dying houseplant isn't the sign of a horrible gardener. Rather, it is the sign of a bad choice in houseplants. Choosing your houseplants is more along the lines of trying to meld different personalities together. In this case it is the personality of the plant and the homeowner.

To find out if you are choosing your houseplants correctly, or if you are planning on getting some houseplants soon, simply answer these questions. Write down your answers on a separate piece of paper, and by the time you are finished you will have a list of the qualities that you are looking for in a house plant. This way you can simply take this along with you to your nursery or store and get the perfect houseplant for your needs.

  • What type of gardener are you? Are you a gardener who will notice the slightest change in your plant, or are you perhaps a little more forgetful? Knowing the type of gardener you are before you purchase a houseplant can actually help you avoid making an incorrect choice, and having a dead plant. Be honest and truthful in your self assessment.
  • What type of plants do you like? What type of plants would you like to have in your home? Besides just flowers, there are other kinds of plants that you can have as houseplants. Take the time to think of all your options. For example, do you want to have a little bonsai tree?
  • What type of flowers do you like? Flowers are among the most traditional type of houseplants that you can use. However, just because it is traditional doesn't mean that it needs to be boring. Go with something that you think will look pretty and help enhance the atmosphere of your home.
  • Where will you do your growing? Do you have a particular location in your home in mind for growing your plants? If not then you need to begin planning on one. Do you know if you have enough space for some of the plants that you have in mind? After all, potted rose bushes will take up a little more space than a small fern.
  • Do your plants match with your decor? As you are going over your list of potential plants, take time to look up what each one may look like. This will give you a chance to make sure that the plants you are going to be using will go along with your home decor, as well as mixing and matching the different plants so that you can achieve the exact look you want.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


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