When it comes to plants and your home, there’s a so-so way to do it, and there’s the best way to do it. Sure, you could buy a few green things at IKEA, place them around your house and call it a day. But what are you getting out of that?
Instead, use the health benefits of houseplants (hello, great night’s sleep!) and put the right plant in the right spot. Here are the best, easy-to-care-for plants for each room:
The golden pothos can grow up to ten feet long indoors and is one of the easiest plants to grow. These big papas are resilient to both low light and unreliable watering. (So you can slip up on your plant parenting responsibilities from time to time.) We recommend hanging a golden pothos from the ceiling by a window to accentuate the height of the room.
Care for golden pothos: Check the soil once a week to make sure it’s moist. If it feels dry to the touch, add some water.
The scent of jasmine promotes a calm, deep sleep and can help with anxiety that may keep you up at night, according to a study by the Wheeling Jesuit University. People who are exposed to the jasmine scent throughout the night have less sleep movement than those not exposed to any smells. Bonus: It also smells amazing.
Care for jasmine: Jasmine thrives in humid, cool environments. If you live in a dry climate (like Colorado), your jasmine will appreciate the addition of a humidifier.
Philodendrons thrive in humid areas with indirect sunlight. Basically, the bathroom is their happy place.
Care for philodendrons: Water the plant about once a week, and let the soil dry out between waterings. If the leaves on your philodendron start drooping, it means they’re either getting too much or not enough water. Check your soil and adjust your watering schedule as needed.
Peace lilies are like the Jennifer Lawrence of the floral world: they’re beautiful and low-maintenance. These easy-going flowers do best in indirect sunlight and don’t need a lot of attention, so they’re a great addition to a home desk.
Care for peace lilies: Water your plant once a week. If you see yellowish leaves on your peace lily, they’re getting too much sunlight and need a step back from your window.
Important: Peace Lilies are toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure if ingested. If Mr. Whiskers is a curious climber, try an orchid instead. Orchids require similar care to peace lilies and are just as pretty.
Aloe plants are the number one necessity to your first-aid-kit garden. You can break the leaves and use the aloe inside for burns, cuts and scrapes. They are great for a sunroom or porch, because they require direct sunlight.
Care for your aloe: Feel the soil once a week or so. If it feels dry an inch below the soil surface, water it.