BEFORE YOU BUY NEW PLANTS
We love plants and would love to fill entire homes with them, but since not everyone has that much space, before you buy a plant, make sure you find a suitable spot for it. For example, if you only have space on the window sill where the sun shines all day long, you can already exclude many indoor plants, since direct sunlight is not good for them. In the following sections we explain what you should pay attention to.
THE LIGHT IN YOUR APARTMENT/HOUSE
- Your windows face north: unfortunately you get little light. You can optimize this by keeping the walls clear.
- The windows face south: you have as much light as possible.
- The windows face east or west: your brightness is not too much and not too little.
THE PLACE TO BE
The closer a plant is to the window, the more light it receives. So position the plants that need a lot of light near the window and those that like to be in the shade in a darker corner. However, if you live in an apartment with a north-facing window or on the ground floor, it is best to opt for plants that prefer a partially shaded location.
THE IDEAL CAST
light or shadow?
If you want to brighten up the darkest spots in your home with a pretty plant, make sure you choose it wisely. The plants that best adapt to the shade are the calathea, the ficus elastica, zamioculcas or the sansevieria. On the contrary, if you are looking for plants that need full light, the best thing to do is opt for the areca palm, cacti , aloe vera, the yucca palm or the pachira.
The right humidity
In addition to the light conditions, you should also make sure that the plant receives the necessary humidity that it needs to survive and grow. Tropical plants that need a lot of humidity – such as the calathea – should therefore be in the bathroom rather than in the living room. Most of the time, you can tell a plant is lacking humidity when the leaf edges turn brown and dry.
THE RIGHT PLACE
Your plant will be quick to tell you when its location isn’t right for it: if the leaves are getting lighter or dropping, they’re probably not getting enough light. Conversely, leaves that get too much sunlight can dry out, discolor, or the tips turn brown.
In addition, dry, yellow-brown spots can appear on the leaf. This is referred to as a “sunburn”. Most plants need more indirect light and react the same way to direct sunlight.
Please also note that artificial light does not replace the sun if your apartment is too dark.
“Nothing can replace natural light for your plant.”
PLANTS WITHOUT LIGHT
Sometimes we are asked which plant is suitable for a bathroom or a hallway without light. The short answer is: none! Every houseplant needs light to survive.
THE PERFECT PLANTS FOR EVERY ROOM
Here you will find a small overview of which plants (types) are best suited for which room. Note: These are only examples.
- Living room: Ficus Lyrata, Kentia Palm, Pachira, Strelitzia, Ivy, Sedum Morganium, Hoya, Monstera
- Bedroom: Sansevieria, Ficus Elastica, Dracaena Marginata, Aloe Vera, Spatiphyllum
- Bathrooms: Aglaonema, Calathea, Pilea, Fittonia, Efeutute, Strelitzia, Maranta, Chamaedorea
- Cuisine: Spatiphyllum, Peperomia, Ferns
- Corridor: sansevieria, cactus, succulents, ficus elastica
- Office: Dracaena Marginata, Sansevieria, Aloe Vera, Ivy, Monstera, Philodendron, Dieffenbachia
Now you know very well how to find the perfect location for your plants and what to look out for. If you now feel like redesigning your bathroom or your office and bringing some green into the room, then just have a look around in our online shop. There you will find a large selection of houseplants of all shapes and sizes. Enjoy browsing! 😉