Wall paintings and lavish furniture are fine but have you ever considered adding plants to your home decor? If not, then quickly do it!!

Trust me, no expensive decor pieces can match the status of an indoor plant, be it in terms of aesthetics, cost-effectiveness or health purposes, indoor plants will not only embrace the beauty of your house but also help you lead a happy life. 

However, before you buy an indoor plant, go through this handy guide. This will help you pick a suitable indoor plant. Let's get started- 

Why choose indoor plants? 

Purifies air

Air pollution is a common thing. However, escaping from those indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene is impossible until and unless you have an indoor plant placed. Having plants at home is the only organic solution that can help you get rid of those harmful toxins present in the air and let you breathe better, fresher air. 

Increases productivity

Add plants to your study room and see the magic. Cognitive tasks, concentration and focus will all be improved eventually increasing productivity within the workforce. The sight of plants can give you a pleasing break every time you move your eyes away from the computer screen. Most importantly, plants can reduce noise levels to minimize any kind of distraction. 

Soundless sleep

Cure your insomnia with plants placed on your bedside table. To ensure you have your 8 hours long beauty sleep, plants can be of great help. The vapour of certain plants can easily put you to soundless sleep. 

Reduces stress

When compared to mental work, caring for plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress. This is because caring for plants reduces sympathetic nervous system activity and promotes a comfortable, and natural feel.

Keeps you happy 

When you are feeling under the weather, nothing can perk you up like the gift of a plant. Being able to see the greenery of plants around you has a calming effect, lowering blood pressure and consequently making you feel more relaxed and ultimately, happier.

Factors to consider when choosing indoor plants

Commitment 

Check up on your schedule to take a call. Needier plans are requiring extra care and then there are needy plants requiring minimal care so if you barely have time to tackle your to-do list, stick with easy-to-care-for houseplants.

Size

Some indoor plants can grow up to ten feet tall, so it’s important to make sure they will fit within the confines of your home to avoid creating a space that feels overcrowded.

Temperature

Indoor plants can strive thru summers but not all. Certain species reacts negatively to colder months and die because of cold drafts, no heating within the room or sudden drops when night falls. Thus, ensure checking upon how the plant reacts to colder temperatures you're about to buy. 

Lights

It's tricky to determine what type of light indoor plants require, some prefers more light than others and some plants hardly need any natural light at all. So, you need to know both, the kind of light you have at home as well as the amount of light required by the plants that you intend to buy.  

Pets

Certain plants can be toxic to animals. So if you have a furry friend at home, choose pet-friendly plants to keep your plant and your pet healthy.


What qualities make for a good indoor plant?

Root system

Of course, pulling a plant out of its container to inspect its roots is unrealistic, but it can be done if it is a tiny plant. The roots of healthy plants are thick and light in colour.

Foliage

Here’s a good rule of thumb when it comes to a plant’s foliage: if you can’t see through it, the foliage is thick enough.

Inspection

Some signs of a plant with pests or disease are white dots, sticky residue on the leaves and a bad odour. If you fail to find any of these spots, take it as a sign that the plant is healthy enough to buy.

Best indoor plants

Peace Lily 

Best for purifying the air. Peace lily is known for absorbing all kinds of pollutants from the air. Put your peace lily somewhere where it can avoid direct sunlight and give you all the benefits of clean air. Plus, It's pretty enough to be considered a decor element. 

  • Easy to care
  • Requires minimum light & water
  • Suitable for all climates

Aloe Vera 

Best for skincare. You will no more have to spend thousands on skincare products with the aloe vera plant in the house. The thick, gel-filled fronds of the aloe vera plant are great for beauty purposes.  Also, you’ll have instant medication on hand for scrapes and burns as aloe gel has healing factors. 

  • Low maintenance 
  • Requires less water
  • Absorbs toxins from paints, wood and paper products and fuel.

Bird’s Nest Fern

Best for humid environments. Bird's nest fern can be put in a hanging planter making it easy to move around. This one is perfect for bathrooms or confined spaces. Also, it is traditionally used to treat asthma, fever, chest pain, cough, sores, and weakness.

  • Requires regular watering 
  • Thrives in low lighting
  • Slow grower

Lavender

Best for fragrance. Although lavender is an exotic indoor plant, it will provide a splash of colour and refresh your home far more than an air freshener.

  • Suitable for bright lights
  • Requires less water
  • Reduces stress level 

Money Plant 

Best for fortune. As the name suggests, there's a lot of tradition associated with the money plant stating it brings prosperity and luck. Unfortunately, money won’t actually grow on this tree, but the money plant is believed to attract money.  

  • Low maintenance care
  • Hard to die 
  • Suitable for all climates

Rubber Plant

Best for aesthetics. Rubber plants are famous for their large glossy leaves that can easily brighten up the surrounding atmosphere enhancing your home decor. Also, rubber plants are one of those plants which don’t like to move around so pick a spot carefully to settle the plant in one go.

  • Grows tall
  • Prefers indirect light
  • Removes air pollutants

Bamboo Plant  

Best for positivity. The indoor bamboo plants with four stalks are great to draw negativity in your house. You can use it to attract more positive energy, and vibes at home. So, bring this luck bamboo plant to your home to stay positive, energetic and highly productive.

  • Required plenty of light
  • Avoid placing it in the bedroom
  • Prefers moist soil

How to choose indoor planters?

Size 

Choosing a new container begins with identifying the size of pot you need. Here’s a handy guideline: increase the pot size by 1 to 2 inches in diameter for plants that are growing in pots 10 inches in diameter or less. For larger plants, those growing in pots greater than 10 inches in diameter, increase the pot size by 2 or 3 inches in diameter.

Drainage

Plants cannot have their roots in stagnant water, or simply put, they’ll die. For this reason, a pot with drainage holes is ideal. 

Pro tip: Many beautiful pots on the market lack a drainage hole, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't purchase them. Here's a tip: put a half-inch to three-quarters-inch layer of drainage rocks in the bottom of your pot, followed by a half-inch coating of activated charcoal to keep the roots from decay. Fill the container with the right soil for your plant and plant it!

Style 

Lastly, the style factor needs to be considered. After satisfying the above two needs, choose a pot that has a look and feel that blends effortlessly with your home decor. 

Best indoor planters

Ugaoo Pot

Material: Ceramic

Looking for a simple, industrial pot for tiny plants like succulents? Look no further. A lovely plant in an edible shape is bound to delight the spectators. Crafted for those who love only the extraordinary, this apple-shaped pot is a beauty. Suitable for workspace and countertops. 

Clair Planter Pot

Material: Ceramic 

Get ready for some happy vibes. This cute baby elephant will never fail to make you smile every time you take a look at it holding your favourite plant ultimately making your space attractive than ever before. Suitable for living room and workspace. 

Crafter Plant Stand with Planter

Material: Metal

Inspired by the mid-century this classic golden coloured planter gives your space more texture and warmth making a style statement in itself and the legs of the planter give a great lift to your plant Suitable for the living room, bedroom, dining room, entryway, kitchen, and balcony. 

Pink & Beige Jute and Rope Planter

Material: Jute 

Placing a plant in a jute and rope basket, like this one, is sometimes the quickest way to dress it up. Simply lift it to the water and drain it. These jute and rope planters are modest, eye-catching items that will give your house a pleasant and elegant appeal. Suitable for bedroom, dining room, kitchen and living room.

Owl Buckets Planter

Material: Metal

For something unique, ditch all the whites and pastels, this uniquely designed owl holder with 2 classic bucket-shaped planters is too attractive to handle. The glossy and rich finish will add a rich look to your ambience. Suitable for living room and entryway.

Beige Cylinder Terrazzo Planter

Material: Stone

This planter defines elegancy at its best. The planter is one-of-a-kind thanks to its combination of all-natural and quality materials like marble stones and rich metals. It gives the room you're a high-end look and can also be used as decorative artwork without a plant. Suitable for bedroom and living room. 

Elemntl Planter Pot 

Material: Metal 

To break the monotony of your space, nothing could be better than this matte red coloured planter. Besides its vibrant design, the drainage plate/tray ensures there’s no mess on your tables and counters. Suitable for work desks, living room, kitchen. 

ecofynd Planter

Material: Iron

The iconic combination of black and golden can never go unappreciated. Featuring a sturdy and distinctive design, this planter is extremely durable and designed to survive all seasons. Suitable for the entrance area. 

T4U Triangle Wall Planter

Material: Ceramic

These white and black hanging pots with triangle-shaped frames will give your hanging plants a little geometric style. Suitable for living room, bathroom and balcony.

ExclusiveLane Table Planters

Material: Copper 

These copper bowl table planters will take no space. It is an ideal set of décorative planter pots for planting your favourite plants on tables and for enriching the atmosphere with vibrations of refreshment and some serene experience. Suitable for your dining room and bedroom. 

Self-watering Planter

Material: Virgin plastic

With this planter at home, you can rest assured that your lovely plants will never fade away due to irregular watering. This watering planter allows the plants to draw water from interior source & its special indicator conveys you just to when water is finished & need to fill again. Suitable for bedroom, balcony, living room and dining room. 

How to care for indoor plants? 

  • Determine your houseplant's water requirements. 
  • Find out the best conditions are for your houseplant.
  • For your houseplant, choose suitable soil and container. 
  • Moving the house plants around for greater light and air is a good idea. 
  • Fertilize your plants regularly to give them a boost.​