- Toxicity. Many plants are toxic if ingested by children or pets. If you have a mobile child at home - consider whether they can access your plants. Some cats and dogs also nip at fluttering leaves - and can benefit from non-toxic plants in the home. Calatheas, pileas, peperomias, and echeverias are all non-toxic options that make wonderful houseplants. Our staff is happy to help you find non-toxic options for your home.
- Lighting. Take a walk around your home and observe how light moves through your home during the day. Eastern facing windows will receive bright gentle light in the morning. Northern windows will receive very little bright light during the day. Where do you want to place a houseplant? If a coffee table is six feet away from the window - it will receive less light than your windowsill. If you have a spot right in front of a Southern facing window, only plants that can tolerate a high amount of light will thrive there. Ficus or succulents could be a good option. In contrast, a kitchen counter plant four feet away from a northern facing will need to be low-light tolerant to survive.
- Your Plant Care Habits. Some people tend to hover over their plants while others want to care for them infrequently. People who often go out of town might not be the right fit for a plant that needs to stay constantly moist. Plant parents who enjoy frequent watering may not want cacti that only want to be watered when they are completely dry. Your plant care habits can always change! For example, I used to be a very hand-off plant parent so I thought I couldn't keep calatheas (that need a little extra humidity and moisture). I purchased one calathea to introduce myself to the genus and now I am the proud momma of five calathea varieties. Over the course of six months I eased myself into plants that needed a little more attention, and now I am confident with both calatheas and begonias in my home.
Choosing the Right Plants for your Home
When I walk into a plant store - I am overwhelmed by all of the beautiful plants and incredible foliage I want to bring home. I love colorful leaves. I love plants that climb upwards on stakes. I love plants with texture and glossiness and cool shapes to their foliage. But I don't pick up every plant to care for in my home - and I always encourage my customers to choose the right plant for them. Here are a few thoughts on what to consider as you make your selections. There are plenty of unique, beautiful varieties no matter your qualifications.