Plant Tips

Tips for choosing a houseplant

The first thing to consider is placement. The location you would like to place the plant in your home or office is an important factor in choosing the right plant. The amount of light your plant will receive based on the location is a good place to start.  Most homes don't align exactly with a compass, but the guide below will give you a general indication of the direction your window faces. You will also need to consider how far away from the window the plant will be placed. The further away from the window (light source) the lower the light will be.

Northern Exposure: Windows facing north do no receive any direct sunlight. This is a low light location.

Southern Exposure: Windows facing south receive direct sunlight during the middle of the day. This is a full sun location

Eastern Exposure: Windows facing east receive early morning to midday light and are considered a partial sun location.

Western Exposure: Windows facing west receive late day light and are considered a partial sun location.

The second thing to consider is the amount of care your plant will need. Many houseplants are easy to care for if placed in the right location and will be happy with weekly or biweekly watering, but this is not the case for all plants. As you browse our plant selection be sure to look over the plant care information for the type of care each plant needs.

Size and growth of your plant choice. Plants are living organisms and their growth habits and rate at which they grow can vary greatly between species. Are you looking for something tall and narrow or perhaps wide and trailing? Would you like to start out with a young starter plant and nurture it along or are you looking for a more mature full-grown plant? Be sure to consider how much space you have for your new plant friend.

Pets: Many common houseplants are poisonous if ingested. If you think this will be a problem be sure to choose a plant that is pet safe. All our plants are rated based on the ASPCA safe for pets guide. ALL NON-TOXIC/PET SAFE PLANTS ARE LABELED IN STORE WITH A PAW STICKER


Choosing a container for your plant

Many of us focus on style when searching for a new container but don’t forget function. You want your plant to be happy in its new home.

Pots: Containers with drainage are recommended when you plan to transplant directly into your new container. A drainage hole allows excess water to drain out the base of the pot into a saucer. A blocked drainage hole or no hole in the pot will allow water to build up at the bottom of the pot and create an unhealth environment for most plants.

Cachepots: Ceramic, metal, and glass containers without drainage are often referred to as cachepots. It is best not to plant directly into these containers but use them as a decorative way to hide your plastic greenhouse pot. The cachepot will hold any excess water that has drained out the bottom of your plastic greenhouse pot and you can easily pour this water out if needed. Planting directly into a cachepot can be done but you will need to monitor your plants very carefully as you won’t be able to see any excess water buildup in the base of the container.

Choosing the right size pot: We recommend a simple 2” rule when choosing a pot. Look for a pot that is approximately 2” larger in diameter and depth than the pot your plant is currently in. For mini or starter plants in small 3”to 4” plastic greenhouse pots we recommend choosing a new pot that is approximately the same size or slightly larger than the pot your plant is currently in. This is a basic rule that works well but you may also need to take other factors such as plant size, age and root growth into consideration.