Being surrounded by lush greenery in the form of plants is good for the mind and soul… being around bugs and the summer heat? That’s a different story. Whether you have a green thumb or not, it can be a demanding task to stay on top of your outdoor garden. So why not bring the plants inside for the fun?

Houseplants have become more and more popular in recent years; partially because people are beginning to learn how relatively easy they can be to care for. Indoor plants freshen the air you breathe indoors, add decoration to your interior, and bring you closer to nature than before! Plus, you don’t have to battle pesky insects or stand out in hot temperatures to get up close to your plants. Some studies have even shown that people who care for plants are calmed by the activity and it reduces their blood pressure. Whether you choose to keep your plants indoors, outdoors (or both!) is entirely up to you!

If you don’t have houseplants, it may seem daunting to know where to start. It helps to map out available light sources in your home and to imagine how many plants you would like to bring into your home. Next, you’ll have to decide how you’ll be containing your plants. This will be fun for those that are décor-inclined, as you can use pots or baskets as a way to incorporate designs and/or color into the room. The last thing you need to cover before choosing plants is assembling your supplies: make sure you have potting soil and a watering vessel.

When selecting plants for your home, it’s a good idea to consider what plants do well in our area. That being said, the following plants do very well in Florida: Fiddle Leaf Figs, Ivy, Pothos, Hoya, Dracena, Peace Lily, San Severa, Succulents, Cactus, Bromeliad, Aloe, Alocacacia, Calathea, Peperomia, Spider Plants, Swedish Ivy, and Ferns. Many of these plants boast an impressive appearance, making them a great source of new energy in a room.

Some plants work well both indoor and out. Consider Stromanthe, Philodendron, Cordyline, Bird of Paradise, Alocasia Monstera, Banana Musa, Coleus, or Polka Dot Plant when you think you may move your plant from the inside comfort of your home to the outdoors.

If all of these suggestions are causing stress, let us provide you with one recommendation: the Calathea (pictured to the right)! This plant is great for beginners, as it requires little light and only needs to be watered every 7-10 days. Also known as the Rattlesnake Calathea, this plant can do well on a screened-in porch or a living room!

To learn more about how to get your houseplant garden started, call Trad’s Garden Center! From garden care products, to pottery, to the plants, we have what you need to bring the beauty of nature into your home.