Which houseplant is the right one for me?

Houseplants are a popular interior design accessory and offer an easy way to freshen up the atmosphere of a kitchen, office or living room. There are plenty of different types on offer, whether you’re a fan of tropical flowers or shiny green leaves, or are just looking for something that’s easy to care for, even for a novice. The wide variety of houseplants available means you’re sure to find a species that suits you. We show you which houseplants are best for which circumstances, and what you should pay attention to when choosing them.

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Low-maintenance houseplants

Would you be the first to admit that you don’t have a green thumb? Do your houseplants keep kicking the bucket because you forget to take care of them? Never fear – there are plenty of plants that can survive some tough love and keep on brightening up your apartment. Here are a few examples:

Monstera

These trendy plants have impressively large and unique leaves. Monstera deliciosa, also known as the Swiss cheese plant, is a species well suited to life indoors, and doesn’t need much to thrive in your apartment – just plenty of light. Do note, however, that it shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight during the summer. And its soil needs to be kept slightly moist – don’t let it dry out, but don’t drown it, either. Water moderately.

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Monstera is a low-maintenance way to decorate your home.

Draecana

Dracaena is a widespread plant with a similar appearance to that of the palm tree, although the two aren’t related. There are plenty of different species, all of which are easy to care for. Dracaena requires a shady location with minimal direct sunlight. It needs to be watered regularly and generously – the soil should always be damp. But once again, avoid overwatering. Put a saucer underneath the plant pot to collect excess water and then empty it out.

Other low-maintenance plants include succulents, cacti and various species of palm (just make sure they get plenty of light).

 

Exotic houseplants

Can’t afford an exotic holiday this year? Bring the vacation vibe home with you instead courtesy of tropical houseplants. Here are some options:

Bird of paradise plant

A real eye-catcher. Its bright flowers make this plant, also known as Strelitzia, a striking element of any interior. However, it’s also a pretty demanding housemate. If it doesn’t get as much light as possible, it won’t form flowers. Strelitzia also requires plenty of water – keep pouring until the excess starts to collect in the saucer underneath, and empty it afterwards.

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With its extraordinary flowers, the bird of paradise plant is truly exotic.

Palm

Palms don’t just give your home a summery vibe, they’re also reasonably simple to care for! What more could you want? Watch out, though – there are lots of different species of palm, from date palm to palmetto and, of course, coconut. Light requirements vary from species to species, though they all need plenty of it. So long as they’re in a suitable location, palms are easy to look after.

Other exotic plants include Hoya and orchids, which are tricky to care for but reward owners with beautiful colour.

 

Houseplants for better air quality

Need a breath of fresh air? These houseplants don’t just look good – they also clean the air in your apartment! In addition to transforming carbon dioxide into oxygen, these species filter toxins from the air, meaning fewer headaches and less irritation for your eyes and airways. These toxins enter our homes all the time through substances such as paint, laundry detergent and adhesives.

Snake plant

Snake plant, also known as Sansevieria, comes in a wide range of varieties – with or without stripes, with narrow or wide leaves… There’s certain to be one to suit your tastes. And in addition to cleaning the air in your home, it’s also super simple to look after. Ideally, it should be placed in a sunny location, but it can also survive with less light – although it won’t grow as fast. In summer, it should be watered when the surface of the soil is completely dry, and until it is wet through. It requires less water in winter.

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The peace lily doesn’t just look good – it also cleans the air.

Peace lily

With its pure white flowers, the peace lily (also known as Spathiphyllum), is as pretty as a picture. It not only cleans the air, it’s also – of course – easy to care for and forgiving of errors. It grows best in bright locations without direct sunlight and should be watered regularly, whenever the top layer of soil has dried out.

 

Other plants that improve air quality include ivy and kentia palm, which produces above-average quantities of oxygen.

 

If you choose a houseplant that matches your preferences and skills, it will brighten up your home and bring a smile to your face for a long time to come.