Brighten Your Home With a Houseplant

— Written By Anelle Ammons

With the colder weather upon us, and the leaves off of the trees, do you find yourself longing for that greenery of summer? You’re in luck! You can have some fabulous color inside your home by putting a few houseplants in your windows. If you’ve ever been intimidated by houseplants, read on, and you’ll find some great tips to help you get growing in no time.

One of the first important points to keeping your houseplants happy and alive is finding a place with the proper light for them. If you have a spot in or near a window, many houseplants will be happy there. There are some plant varieties that can grow just fine with the lower light conditions in the interior of your home, though. Many of the plants that we use indoors were originally from the rainforest where they would get filtered light or speckled light from the sun, therefore they can be quite happy in a spot that simulates that forest environment.

Keeping your houseplants watered is sometimes the trickiest part of keeping them alive. Make sure that your plants have pots with drainage holes in them so that the roots don’t get waterlogged and rot. A good way to know if your plant needs watering is to stick your finger into the potting mix 1-2”. If your finger comes out dry, it is time for some water. Many houseplants don’t require water more than once or twice a week, but it’s good to keep an eye on them until you learn each of your plants’ particular needs.

Picking out a new houseplant can be a super fun and exciting activity. You can get the whole family involved and pick one out that everyone enjoys. Better yet, pick out several! There are so many different types of houseplants to suit varied tastes. Don’t pick out the first plant you see, but shop around. We have many great greenhouses in Catawba County that grow houseplants locally, as well, so be sure to stop by Setzer’s Landscape Nursery and Ironwood Estate Orchids to see what they have before choosing something for your home.

No matter whether you have a large home or a tiny space, your home will be brightened by the color your houseplants bring, and your air will be cleaner with a plant filtering it. If you run into any pests or problems with your new plants, give me a call at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Catawba County office (828-465-8240) or join me for an upcoming program on houseplants at the Ridgeview Branch Library on January 24, 2019, at 6 p.m. in Hickory.