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A Beginner’s Guide to Caring for Houseplants

You finally went ahead and bought a houseplant—congratulations! However, now you realize you don’t know much about plant care, let alone using plants as home décor accents.

Look no further, because we asked Instagrammer @dreaming_of_decor, Kamille, for her expert advice—her home is full of healthy plants. Explore the inside of Kamille’s home as she shares with you her best practices for caring for houseplants along with useful tips on where to place your houseplant, how to use them to brighten up your space, health benefits, and easy-care houseplants.

 

Best practices for caring for houseplants infographic.

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Best Locations: Brighten Up Your Home Décor with Houseplants

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Adding a plant to any room will instantly give the room color and life. If you are new to the plant parent world I would suggest starting in the family room or the bedroom.

The family room is usually a bigger room, which calls for a bigger plant. You can start by adding one in a bare corner of the room.

 

Sunny living room with houseplants.

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Plants are great for filling empty spaces, and adding color and height. They can also disguise an area you may not particularly like.

For instance, I have a large window area that does not work well with curtains, so I added several large plants on a sofa table in front of the window to provide some camouflage. It also gives the room some height and interest.

 

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The bedroom is also a fabulous room for plants. Adding a small plant to a nightstand or desk will instantly add to your décor.

 

A bathroom with houseplants.

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I also love having plants in the bathroom and they love the humidity. Try adding a hanging plant in a corner of your bathroom.

The kitchen is another room that can benefit from some foliage.  Potted herbs like basil, mint, or sage can add to your décor and your cuisine

 

The Health Benefits of Houseplants

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I love having plants in my home—it makes me happy and there are so many amazing benefits to having them.

  • Breathing Easier – plants give off oxygen and reduce airborne dust levels inside the home.
  • Improving Health – Plants can reduce your stress levels! I find caring for my plants to be relaxing and calming.
  • Purifying the air – many houseplants can help filter the air and reduce carbon dioxide levels.
  • Releasing Water – because of the photosynthetic process, plants release moisture vapor which can increase the humidity inside the home reducing dry skin, colds, sore throats, and coughs.

 

Have a Chat with Your Houseplants

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Talking to your plants will make you both happy!

The first thing I do when I bring a new plant home is give it a name. Sometimes it’s a unique name and sometimes I use a play on its plant name, for example, a snake plant could be “Snakey” or “Slither”.

You will find that by talking to your plants you will develop a relationship with them. You are the caretaker and they are your green leafy dependent children. They will reward you by growing and thriving.

Even if you think you that you’re not the plant talking type, you will be surprised at the bond you develop with them by caring for them. Soon you will be praising every new leaf.

 

SHOP THE LOOK

 

Easy-to-Grow Houseplants

 

The Snake Plant

The Snake Plant, also known as “the bedroom plant,” is an excellent option for the bedroom because it gives off oxygen at night as opposed to most plants that take away oxygen at night. It also purifies the air by removing formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide. All varieties of the snake plant require little water and can thrive in low and bright lights.

The Philodendron

The Philodendron is not only beautiful but also purifies the air and is easy to care for – it t grows long vines and is great for plant hangers and shelves.

Money Tree

Money Trees are easy to grow and maintain. They have a braided trunk, beautiful green leaves, are fast-growing, and require a less water. Some people even believe that they bring good luck and financial success, hence their name.

Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Now if you want to step up your plant parenting skills try the fiddle-leaf fig—a beautiful and trendy plant. They require a lot of indirect bright light, a consistent watering and fertilizing schedule and like to stay in one place. Turn your fig a quarter turn with each watering and get ready to celebrate each new leaf.

 

Take a deep breath and calm your first-time houseplant owner’s nerves. You now have all the information you need to confidently nourish and grow your new plant. Happy growing!

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