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Welcome to our house plant care guide
Please know the information you are about to read is general for the plant type.
There are many varieties of most of these plants and the lighting and conditions of your home may have them adapt and behave differently.
I encourage you to journal your plant collection, research your variety and take observation notes.
Before you know it, you’ll have them all!
Air Plant ~ 🐾
Lighting: Bright but filtered. Avoid too much direct sunlight
Water: Thoroughly wet/mist your Tillandsia a couple times per week, more often in a hot dry environment, less often in a cool humid one. You can submerge your dry plants in water once a week for approximately 30 minutes. Let plants drain and replace in bright light. Be sure the get enough circulation to dry out as the can also rot.
Temperature: Optimal temperatures for these plants are 50-90 degrees F.
Lighting: Very bright indirect light, but no direct sun.
Water: Allow top 2-3 inches of soil to dry before watering. Keep evenly moist. Overwatering can leave this plant susceptible to fungal infections. Check soil often until you are sure of plants needs. Alocasia need less water in the winter while dormant.
Temperature: These plants prefer warm temperatures between 60-80 degrees F. They will become dormant with prolonged temperatures below 60 degrees F and may drop their leaves.
Lighting: Anthurium plants like as much bright indirect light as possible, but no direct sun. With insufficient light they will produce fewer flowers and become thin and straggly.
Water: Water this plant well then allow top few inches of soil to dry out. Over watering cause yellow leaf tips an under watering causes brown leaf tips.
Temperature: Anthurium plants prefer temperatures 75-85 degrees F during the day and about 10 degrees cooler at night. Temperatures below 50 degrees will slow the growth of leaves and flowers.
Lighting: Coffee Plants need bright indirect light from and east or west facing window. Avoid direct sunlight.
Water: Water your coffee plant when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. These plants are not drought resistant and can suffer permanent damage if soil totally dries out. Leaves fall off if the plant is over or under watered.
Temperature: These plants prefer a constant temperature between 60-75 degrees F. Plants can be damaged below 42 or above 78 degrees F.
Calathea ~ 🐾
Lighting: A Calathea Plant likes bright indirect light, so placing it in front of an east, west or north window is ideal. Too much direct sun can burn the leaves and cause colors to fade.
Water: The best way to water this plant is with distilled water or allow tap water to sit out over night before using it. (I do this for all house plants) Keep Calathea moist but not soggy. Allow top 2-3 inches to dry before watering. Do not let this plant sit in water.
Temperature: Calatheas like temperatures between 65-80 degrees F and do not like cold drafts or temperatures below 55-60 degrees F. Hot temperatures can cause the leaves to curl.
Chinese Evergreen ~
Lighting: Chinese Evergreens will low to bright indirect light. Different varieties have slightly different lighting needs, however in general, the darker the leaves and stalk, the more tolerant it is to lower light. Avoid full sun on all varieties.
Water: Plant in well drained soil and thoroughly water. Let the top 2 inches of soil dry out before watering again. In dimmer light let soil dry more before watering.
Temperature: Chinese Evergreen prefer temperatures between 65-80 degrees F. The biggest downfall of this plant is temperatures below 60 degrees.
Lighting: Crotons require 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day to produce its bold colors. If the plant lacks light the leaves will turn green.
Water: Crotons require the soil to be constantly moist during the summertime. Watering needs will decrease in the winter. They enjoy high humidity.
Temperature: This plant enjoys warm weather, and tend to grow best in temperatures around 70 degrees F. Temperatures below that or cool drafts can cause them to lose their leaves.
Lighting: Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) will sunburn if the get any direct sun at all and leaves will yellow and curl. This plant does best in a low light environment.
Water: Plant in well drawing soil and water lightly, keeping it evenly moist but not soggy. Make sure it is dry an inch down before watering.
Temperature: The Dumb Cane does well in a year round indoor temperature of 65-75 degrees F. Temperatures below 60 degrees can harm the plant.
Lighting: Filtered indoor light through a curtain of a sunny window or a semi shade spot is an ideal location for this plant. Never place in direct sun.
Water: Keep Dracaena hydrated by misting it’s leaves and soil. Allow top soil to dry out before watering. Yellow leaves could indicate over watering or poor drainage.
Temperature: This plant prefers temperatures ranging from 65-78 degrees F during the day and can drop 10 degrees cooler at night. Cold drafts and temperatures below 55 degrees F will harm the plant.
Lighting: Most Ferns grow in moist shady areas, but still need filtered light. If light levels are too low you will experience poor growth and yellowing fronds.
Water: Maintain evenly moist soil with regular waterings. Allowing soil to dry out between waterings stresses these plants.
Temperature: A ferns location of origin usually determines the ideal temperature a Fern needs. Most do not like cold. Tropical Ferns appreciate 60-70 degrees F. Those from temperate regions enjoy temperatures of 50-60 degrees F.
Lighting: A Fittonia plant likes bright indirect like but not direct sun.
Water: Keep soil moist at all times but never soggy.
Temperature: Fittonia prefer temperatures between 70-80 degrees F and don’t do well below 60 degrees.
Lighting: Ficus prefer to be near a window in a room that gets bright light in the summer and moderate light in winter. Turn plant occasionally to encourage growth on all sides.
Water: Water when top soil becomes slightly dry and reduce water in winter. Do Not Over Water!
Temperature: Ficus prefer temperatures between 60-75 degrees F. Avoid anything lower than 55 degrees F.
Lighting: Hoya plants do best and bloom in bright light. They are one of the few plants that can handle direct sun. In lower light they will grow slower and not produce waxy fragrant flowers.
Water: Hoyas are succulent plants so allow soil to dry between waterings. These plants thrive on neglect, but need additional water while blooming.
Temperature: Hoyas can adapt to almost any moderate temperature but prefer about 70-80 degrees F during the day and 60-65 degrees F at night.
Lighting: Grow Ivy in medium light for best results. They can tolerate low light but won’t grow as well or last as long.
Water: Water when top inch of soil is dry. Take care not to over water.
Temperature: Variegated Ivy prefer indoor temperatures 50-70 degrees F during the day and 5-10 degrees cooler at night.
Maranta ~ 🐾
Lighting: Maranta dislike direct sunlight. If exposed to direct light the leaves will fade in color intensity. In winter when plant goes dormant , give them bright light to maintain growth.
Water: During growth season don’t allow to dry out. They are susceptible to drought. Avoid water on leaves to prevent fungal problems.
Temperature: Ideal temperatures for prayer plants are between 60-80 degrees F.
Lighting: Indoor Palms can suffer from too much or too little light. Most require natural bright light year round.
Water: Palms need to be kept moist, but never allow them to dry out or sit in water. Allow soil to dry out somewhat between waterings during active growing season.
Temperature: Indoor Palms require warm temperatures between 60-70 degrees F during the day and about 60 degrees at night.
Peperomia ~ 🐾
Lighting: Peperomia prefer bright indirect light provided by an east or west facing window. These plants grow under fluorescent lights. Insufficient light causes slow growth or the plant to stop growing altogether. Direct sunlight will burn leaves.
Water: Allow top 50% of soil to dry out before watering. over watering can result in root rot, the main cause of Peperomia problems.
Temperature: Warm temperatures between 60-80 degrees F are best. Temperatures below 50-55 degrees F and cold drafts can damage Peperomia plant leaves.
Lighting: Pilea do best in bright but indirect sunlight. Direct sun will scorch the leaves. This plant can adapt to lower light but leaves will turn darker green and stems will stretch.
Water: Allow soil to dry between waterings. Don’t allow soil to be soggy. If leaves look droopy, it’s time to water. They will require more water in warmer weather.
Temperature: Pilea enjoy normal household temperatures around 65-75 degrees F.
Lighting: These plants do well in a variety of light conditions and can even tolerate low light, moderate indoor light is ideal.
Water: Pothos/Philodendron do best when their soil can dry out between watering, allowing top 2 inches of soil to dry out. If leaves wilt or turn brown, you should water more often. If leaves are yellowing, you may be watering too often.
Temperature: These plants can tolerate moderate temperatures ranging from 55-85 degrees F.
Lighting: This is an easy to grow houseplant that doesn’t require high light and does fine in a medium light. It can tolerate direct sun on its leaves, even in hot summers.
Water: Water when the top of the soil dries out. It’s drought tolerance has made it a popular indoor plant.
Temperature: Schefflera prefer temperatures between 65-85 degrees F. They don’t do well in temperatures below 55 degrees F. Keep away from cold drafts.
Lighting: Snake plants are extremely hardy and easy to care for. While they can withstand full sun and handle low light, indirect sunlight is best.
Water: These plants can easily rot so make sure the soil is well drained and don’t over water. Allow soil to dry completely between waterings.
Temperature: Temperatures ranging from 55-85 degrees F are fine for snake plants, however they prefer warmer. Temperatures below 50 degrees F can cause harm.
Spathipyllum/Peace Lily ~
Lighting: While Spath will tolerate low light, without some brightness they are unlikely to bloom much, if at all. They can tolerate anything except direct sunlight.
Water: Keep soil evenly moist, not wet. Water as soon as it starts to dry out but don’t let it sit in water. It can recover from wilting but you’re likely to see yellowing if it happens too often.
Temperature: Regular home temperatures of 65-75 degrees F.
Spider Plant ~ 🐾
Lighting: In general, more sun will produce more variegation in the striped varieties and darker colors in solid varieties. Too much direct sun will burn the leaves.
Water: Soak soil evenly and generously then wait a while to water again. These plants like the soil to dry a bit between waterings because the roots tend to hold a lot of water, which can root rot if over watered.
Temperature: These plants do best at a consistent temperature ranging from 70-90 degrees F.
Lighting: Place a Stromanthe in bright indirect light but not direct sun. A north or east facing window is best.
Water: This plant likes to be moist at all times. Be careful not to over water to prevent root rot. In winter months allow Stromanthe to dry out a little more but never completely.
Temperature: Avoid placing this plant in a cold or hot draft. Normal household temperatures are fine.
Lighting: This plant prefers bright light and high humidity. It can become weak and leggy in low light. Morning sun is ok but keep it out of hot direct sunlight.
Water: Allow to dry between waterings. They enjoy some moisture but not be too wet.
Temperature: Syngonium prefer temperatures between 60-75 degrees F, but can tolerate a wider range as well.
Lighting: Keep plants close to window for good sunlight, just make sure they don’t get too hot and sunburn plants. Plants that stretch and look odd are not receiving enough light.
Water: Wait until soil is dry before watering the give a good soaking of well draining soil. Do not water daily. Over watering is a common problem.
Temperature: Optimal temperatures for these plants range is 50-80 degrees F.
Lighting: Wandering Dude plants like bright light. The better the light the more intense colors of leaves and it will produce more flowers. Direct sun can cause leaves to fade.
Water: Water well then allow top 2-3 inches of soil to dry out. Don’t allow to stay too dry or leaves become stunted or lose color.
Temperature: Tradescantia grow well in temperatures between 60-80 degrees F.
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia “ZZ” ~
Lighting: The ZZ plant does great in a low light area, but ideally like bright indirect light. Keep away from hot direct sun.
Water: This plant prefers less water. Water only when soil has dried out completely. Over watering will cause leaf yellowing.
Temperature: ZZ plants prefer average humidity and temperatures between 60-75 degrees F.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this guide🖤
Photos for general identification of common variety 🌱