7 Spring Plants to Spruce Up Your Home
Posted byAimee McNew, MNT
Spring plants are a wonderful way to brighten a home and to bring a little bit of Earth Day into every day. It’s a fun and refreshing way to spruce up a home after a long winter, and potted flowers and plants are the perfect way to do it. They last longer than cut flowers, and they’re way more environmentally friendly. So how do you select the perfect plant for your house?
Best Plants for Side Tables & Small Spaces
Even if you live in a studio apartment, a college dorm or another tight space, you can still make room for a potted plant.
- Cacti are low maintenance, requiring watering just once a week or sometimes less, and certain varieties can fit into small pots that are perfect for kitchen tables, side tables or desks. Of course, they’re not necessarily friendly for houses with pets or kids, but for a modern style, they’re very minimalist and pleasing to the eye.
- Aloe vera is a practical plant that you’ve probably seen on the ingredients lists of sunburn products. (Always consult your doctor before harvesting your plant’s gels. It’s best to consider professional products, instead.) It does need water regularly, but can sometimes go a week or two between drinks. Aloe vera requires natural light, but can easily fit in a windowsill or on a small table with a view of the outdoors.
Best Large House Plants
If you own a house and you’re looking to fill gaps with some greenery, there are larger houseplants that can fill space and boost your spirits.
- Boston ferns are medium-sized plants that require a moderate amount of maintenance. They need to be fed and watered regularly, and in dry seasons, need their leaves misted so that they can continue to thrive.
- Fiddleleaf figs can grow up to 15 feet tall and 5 feet wide, taking on the appearance of a small tree. They can be pruned to contain them to a specific size and can thrive in a moderately lighted area, needing watered regularly but not daily.
Best Plants for Busy People
If you have a tendency to kill every plant you touch, or you’re simply gone too much between juggling business trips, soccer practice and flute lessons, you can still have plants in the house.
- Peace lilies are a lovely potted flower that are low maintenance, require only small amounts of light and only need watering once a week.
- Rubber trees can also thrive on little light and care, and have a minimalist look that will work well in small kitchens, side tables, offices or countertops.
- The golden pothos is probably the most durable houseplant and can withstand inexperience like being overwatered or underwatered and varying amounts of light. This is probably the ideal starter plant.
Be Nice to Your Green Roomies
The myth that singing and talking nicely to your plants to help them grow has been debunked. It’s mostly due to the carbon dioxide that you exhale and plant parents’ tendency to take better care of their plants if they talk nicely to them, according to the BBC.1 Name your plants anyway, talk to them, and follow the nursery’s directions on how best to care for them. Housing a plant either on your desk, nightstand or floor will really brighten your home and impress your guests. Even if you have a brown thumb, give gardening a whirl and invite these easy plants into your home.
1Nicholls, Henry. “Can your plants really hear you if you sing to them?” BBC Earth. January 18, 2016. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160118-can-your-plants-really-hear-you-if-you-sing-to-them.
- Posted by Aimee McNew, MNT
- On May 3, 2017