Choose a Plant (or a dozen)
Now that you understand the importance of light, airflow, and humidity, you can select houseplants with confidence that you are picking out plants that will thrive in their new home. Below, you will find guides for 20 of the most common houseplants with information about light, water, and temperature requirements for each.
Where to Buy Plants
There is no denying the convenience of purchasing plants online. But plant experts provide the following cautions when learn the ropes of ordering indoor plants from the internet.
Read customer reviews. You should be looking for red flags about plants arriving damaged or unhealthy.
Read the fine print. The plant you receive may not look exactly like the plant in the photo on the website. You may actually be receiving a young cutting of the potted plant pictured on the website. It's worth reading the fine print.
Consider paying for expedited shipping. When your plant is trapped inside of a shipping box, it's not receiving any light. Most plants should not spend more than 5 days without exposure to the sun, so consider splurging for the speedy shipping to get your plant back into the light more quickly.
There are 3 general categories of places to purchase plants in-person:
Local Garden Centers & Nurseries
If you can, support local businesses with your indoor plant purchase. The staff at local garden centers and nurseries tend to be very helpful and willing to answer questions, so ask away while you're browsing houseplants. This is an example of a local garden center in my area.
Home Improvement Stores
Home Depot has a surprisingly good selection of indoor plants - everything from the most common to fairly exotic plants that are difficult to find elsewhere. Menard's has a selection of "hard to kill houseplants". You can also buy indoor plants at Lowe's and Walmart.
In certain cities, groups of plant rescuers scour the trash areas of offices, lawn and garden centers, nurseries, and florists to recover discarded and unwanted plants. These plants are typically a bit neglected, but otherwise able to be restored to perfect health. If you can find one of these groups, you can score great deals on otherwise expensive (and often mature) plants. This is an example of a plant rescue in my area.
Once you have your plants(s), the real work begins. Click the button to learn how to care for your plants.