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Tips and tricks for indoor plant care

Bring some extra greenery and life into your home by decorating with house plants. There are many types of plants that do well indoors and require minimal maintenance to stay healthy and beautiful.

Take a look at the guide below to learn about some of the most common types of indoor plants and how to care for them.


Spider plants

Spider plants are among the most popular types of house plants because of how easy they are to maintain. They produce thin, arched leaves and get their name from the spider-like plantlet offshoots that hang off the mother plant from dangling stems. Spider plants do very well at typical indoor temperatures.

It is best to keep spider plants in moderate indirect light as the leaves can burn when exposed to direct sun. The soil should be kept moist and watered as-needed with purified or distilled water at room temperature. During the spring and summer, you can apply fertilizer once or twice a month.

Spider plants prefer a humid environment, so consider placing a humidifier in the same room if you live in a drier climate.



Succulents are a group of many different types of plants that store water in their leaves, which gives the leaves a thick and fleshy appearance. They are a great indoor plant for beginners as they are very well suited to warm and dry indoor air.

The most important tip for keeping succulents happy and healthy is to give them plenty of direct sunlight. You can also rotate your succulents so different parts of the plant get sun exposure. Succulents should be watered deeply and allowed to dry between waterings. Only light feedings of fertilizer may be needed in the spring and summer.

Succulents can pick up dust over time, so wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to keep them healthy and looking great.


Snake plants

Snake plants are a top choice for making a style statement. A species of flowering plants, they feature striped and spiky upright leaves that create a striking silhouette. They are very forgiving and easy to care for.

Snake plants prefer bright but indirect light, though they can tolerate low-light areas and some direct sunlight as well. They do not require frequent watering and, in fact, overwatering can be a problem. It is best to allow the top couple of inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Light fertilization during the growing season will also keep the plant healthy.

The large leaves of a snake plant can easily collect dust and should be wiped down as needed with a soft, damp cloth.


Peace lilies

Known for their white flowers, peace lilies make a lovely addition to any space in the home. These low-maintenance, tropical perennials can bring beautiful blooms to your indoor living spaces for many years to come.

To ensure that your plant produces healthy flowers, you will want to place it in bright but indirect sunlight in a warm room. The soil is best kept moist but not soggy. Watering can be done with room-temperature, filtered water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Fertilizing once every six weeks in the spring and summer will help promote flower growth.

Peace lilies are sensitive to cold, so make sure there aren't any drafts in the room. Note that they should be kept out of reach of children and pets as well.


Monstera plants

Sometimes known as the "Swiss cheese plant," the Monstera plant is characterized by large green leaves that are full of holes when mature. This striking plant will lend your home a tropical vibe. It requires a bit of extra care but is overall easy to maintain.

Monstera plants develop larger and more robust leaves when they receive ample indirect sunlight. The soil should be kept moist but not too soggy, so water when the top one to two inches feel dry. You can add some fertilizer in the spring and summer, but stick to plain water in the winter.

Monstera plants love humidity and will do well with a humidifier set up nearby. For healthy growth, make sure you clean the leaves about once a week with a soft and damp cloth.


ZZ plants

The ZZ plant is a laid-back rhizome that has small, glossy leaves and can grow as tall as three feet indoors. It produces several stems with leaves growing along the length. ZZ plants are quite happy in average home temperatures and humidity levels.

These highly adaptable plants can tolerate both high and low lighting conditions, though direct sunlight is to be avoided. The amount of water ZZ plants need depends on how much light they receive, with more light requiring more water. The top of the soil should ideally be dry between watering. You can use a liquid fertilizer to encourage growth about once a month during the spring and summer.

Make sure that your ZZ plants are not accessible to children or pets.



Orchids are an enduring favourite for indoor planting as they are long-lived and long-blooming when properly taken care of. This large and diverse family of flowering plants grows stunning, colourful flowers that give off a pleasant fragrance.

For the desirable flowers to bloom, orchids require sufficiently bright and indirect light. Correct watering is also important, as they are easily overwatered. Orchids should be watered when the potting mix is dry, about once or twice a week at most. Water the mix until it is completely saturated. You can also add fertilizer every two weeks during the spring and summer and about once a month in the fall and winter.

Orchids thrive with good ventilation, as it helps to evaporate stagnant water. You can create a gentle breeze by opening windows or using an oscillating fan.


Golden pothos

Golden pothos has a reputation as an easy-care and tolerant house plant that provides a great decorative touch. It has green and yellow heart-shaped leaves and can climb up to two metres with adequate support. If your indoor temperature and humidity are comfortable for you, then a golden pothos will be comfortable as well.

This hardy plant thrives well in low to medium indirect light. Watering frequency will depend on how much light it receives and should be done when the top inch of soil is dry. You can add a diluted liquid fertilizer to the soil in the spring and summer.

If you have children or pets at home, make sure you keep a golden pothos plant well out of their reach.


Fiddle leaf fig

The fiddle leaf fig is a popular house plant named for its shiny, fiddle-shaped leaves and intricate veins. It is a floor plant that can grow up to two feet every year, easily reaching indoor heights of six feet. Caring for a fiddle leaf fig can be a bit of a learning curve, but you will quickly get the hang of it.

Fiddle leaf figs prefer abundant indirect sunlight and do best near sunny windows. They should also be rotated every couple of months as they may start bending towards the light. Water your plant thoroughly with room temperature water when the top inch of soil is dry, and fertilize about once a month during the spring and summer. The warmer and more humid you can make the surrounding environment, the better.

Note that fiddle leaf figs are sensitive to drafts and will also need to be wiped down from time to time to keep the leaves free of dust. They should be inaccessible to children and pets as well.



Aloe vera is a hardy succulent that is easy to grow and maintain, even for first-timers. It is an attractive plant as well, producing thick and green fleshy leaves with serrated edges. Aloe is native to the earth's tropical regions, but it can thrive in typical indoor temperatures and humidity.

The aloe plant loves bright, indirect sunlight and should be placed by a sunny window. It needs to be watered deeply, but sparingly, and only when the top two inches of soil have dried out. Throughout the spring and summer, you can fertilize your plant about once a month.

Aloe vera may be kept outdoors during warm summer months, which can increase the chances of a mature plant flowering. However, if nighttime temperatures fall below 16°C, they should be brought inside.



Croton plants make a very decorative addition to the home because of their bright, vibrant, and variegated foliage. They are easy to grow and require only basic care and maintenance.

For healthy and colourful foliage, you will want to place your croton plant near a window that receives several hours of sunlight. Croton plants also like humidity, which you can help maintain by misting the leaves every couple of days. The soil needs to be kept moist but the top half-inch should be allowed to dry out between waterings. Help the plant grow its beautiful leaves by fertilizing about once a month during the warm seasons.

The leaves of a croton plant can collect dust over time and will need to be regularly wiped. The plant should also be kept away from drafts and from curious children and pets.


Majesty palm

True to its name, the majesty palm grows long, regal fronds that are deep green in colour. This slow-growing plant will bring a tropical touch to your interior decor. Best of all, it is relatively simple to care for and maintain.

The ideal location for majesty palms is near a sunny window where they can get at least six hours of light a day. They also require frequent watering, as the soil should not be allowed to dry completely. Fertilization is only needed every couple of months during the spring and summer, and you can let the majesty palm rest during the fall and winter.

Majesty palms love high humidity, which you can help create by keeping a humidifier in the same room.

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