The most common question I’m asked about gardening is how to keep plants alive. That’s a question with many answers, perhaps too many to tell at once. But lately, I’ve had emerging gardeners and DIY-ers inquiring about indoor plant care. Below are my tips for successful houseplant, succulent and cacti care inside your home. And of course, it wouldn’t be the rooted in moss way to just take photographs of houseplants inside my house so I went outdoors to photograph my great indoors.
- I love to collect vintage containers and interesting pots for my indoor plants. It’s best to use containers with drainage holes. Not only does it physically allow water to drain after a watering but it is another route for residual moisture to escape from the soil between waterings.
- If your container or dish does not have a drainage hole, that’s ok, just make sure to never run the plant under the sink for a watering. Instead, water your plants using a spray bottle like this one from Target.
- Indoor succulents and especially cacti do not need much water. I spray my indoor cacti, which are fully acclimated to my home, sparingly. About once every two weeks or so. Other plants and succulents, about once every ten days.
- I have found that all types of cacti I have planted have been successful indoors. As for succulents, the rule of thumb is that the darker green the plant, the better for low-light environments. Haworthia attenuata commonly known as ‘Zebra Haworthia’, dwarf Aloe vera or Aloe nobilis, ‘Supermarket’ Kalanchoe, and snake plant are some of my favorite succulents to grow indoors. These plants should be widely available at your local nursery.
- If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love creating succulent arrangements. However, indoor plants need space to receive as much light and air as possible. It’s best to pot a single plant in each container. If you have a larger container that you’d like to plant in make sure to space the plants a bit more than your outdoor arrangements.
- Placing indoor plants near a window is a good idea. Direct sunlight through a windowpane may burn the plants so a windowsill may not be ideal. A lamp that is turned on for a few hours during the evening is also a good source of light. I have found that the plants in my living room near lamps are the most happy in my house.
- Typically, watering your outdoor garden in the evening is a good way to make use of water as it will not quickly evaporate. However, for indoor plants, morning or daytime watering is best. The soil and roots will have a chance to make use of the water before your house is dark and windows are shut for the night.
- Keep in mind that succulents and cacti, whether outdoor or indoor, are low maintenance not no maintenance. You may find yourself rearranging your plants to find the best place in your home that makes them most happy. My breakfast table is an ever-evolving display of newly planted pots and small projects.
- And finally, pat yourself on the back for bringing nature indoors! Research studies show the effects of plants in the home can be positive for your health by improving air quality, enhancing cognitive functions, and increasing feelings of happiness and relaxation.
Have fun creating your own great indoors! xo, rootedinmoss