Houseplant 101: Caring for Indoor Plants - Waypoint Homes

Houseplant 101: Caring for Indoor Plants

Houseplant 101: Caring for Indoor Plants

If you’ve already checked out our guide to the easiest indoor plants and picked up a few leafy friends from your local plant nursery, you might be wondering what the next step is.

Houseplants are an easy way to add a burst of life to any room. While most are simple to care for, it’s important to know how to keep your indoor greenery healthy and thriving. Get the most out of your houseplants with these helpful tips and tricks.

Provide plenty of light



Sunlight and water are the two biggest factors impacting a houseplant’s growth and wellbeing. The majority of indoor plants prefer filtered sunlight (like through sheer curtains or blinds) for 5-8 hours a day. Unless your plant is a low-light variety, we recommend keeping your plants in well-lit areas near windows, like in kitchens or living rooms. If the inner leaves start to turn yellow, it may be because your plant isn’t getting enough light.

Water your plants regularly, but be careful not to overwater


When it comes to watering your houseplants, remember: less is more. Most indoor plants are easy to care for because they require infrequent watering – perhaps once every 6-10 days. By overwatering, you risk waterlogging the roots and killing your plant. A good rule of thumb is to insert your finger 2 inches into the soil and feeling the moisture level. If it’s dry, then it’s time to water; if it’s damp, wait another day or two.

 Don’t move your plant around too often


Much like humans, plants become comfortable in their everyday routines. Relocating the plant to different places around your home could affect its health ­– and it may very well retaliate with wilted stems or browning leaves. Once your houseplant begins to flourish in a specific part of your home, it’s a good idea to leave it there to thrive.

Use a well-draining pot


Similar to overwatering, a pot with poor drainage could result in trapped moisture and waterlogged roots – leading to poor growing conditions for your plant. Choose a pot with a drainage hole in the bottom to ensure that excess water can be filtered out. If you’re planting in a container that doesn’t have a hole, place 3 inches of rock gravel into the container to act as a drainage area, then replant your houseplant as normal.

Take these tips to heart and you’ll have a flourishing indoor jungle in no time. Upload photos of your houseplants with the tag #WaypointDecor to show us how yours are doing!

About Author: Taylor

Taylor is a writer, creator, traveler, and lover of all things aesthetic. She likes her adjectives strong and her coffee stronger. A graduate of Arizona State University, Taylor brings her passion for learning and creating to the workplace on a daily basis. When she’s not writing or planning her next world adventure, you can find Taylor exploring urban Phoenix in search of caffeine, locals eats, and great beer.

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