8 Common Houseplants (And How to Care for Them)

Houseplants are trending, and with so many gorgeous varieties of indoor greenery available, it’s no wonder. When choosing plants for your home, keep in mind the look you’re after, the amount of effort you’re willing to put into their care, and the amount of space and sunlight you have.

Whether you choose just a few, or enough to start an entire indoor garden, here are some care and watering tips for some popular varieties. Be sure to check out the wide selection of houseplants available in the floral department of the Kroger Co. Family of Stores!

1. Snake Plant

Water: Let plant dry out between waterings. Water less frequently during winter.

Light: Indirect sunlight is best.

Tips: Easy to care for; can be neglected for weeks at a time.

Caution: Toxic to humans and even more so to animals.

2. Peace Lily

Water: Keep soil moist, but don’t overwater. Give the leaves a spritz of water occasionally.

Light: An east-facing window is best; avoid direct afternoon sunlight.

Tips: In ideal conditions, the plant will unveil beautiful white flowers.

Caution: Can be toxic to pets.

3. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Water: Water when the top of soil is somewhat dry. Do not overwater.

Light: Bright light, but not direct sun.

Tips: Likes humidity. Mist the plant regularly.

Caution: Toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.

4. Philodendron

Water: Water when top inch of soil is dry. Avoid soggy soil.

Light: Tolerates a wide range of light conditions.

Tips: Very easy care. If leaves turn yellow, plant is getting too much sun. Leggy stems may result from too little light.

Caution: Toxic to pets and humans.

5. ZZ Plant

Water: Water when the top few inches of soil are dry.

Light: Tolerates most light conditions.

Tips: Very low maintenance. Does fine with fluorescent light only. Drought tolerant; if neglected, will perk up when watered again.

Caution: Toxic to animals and humans. Leaves can cause skin irritation.

6. Pothos

Water: Let dry between waterings. Water if leaves droop.

Light: Bright light, but not direct sun. Tolerates low light.

Tips: If leaves are pale, plant is getting too much light. In too little light, leaves will become solid green, not variegated.

Caution: Toxic to humans and animals.

7. Majesty Palm

Water: Water once a week when top inch of soil is dry. Don’t let soil dry completely.

Light: Avoid direct sunlight – it can cause leaves to brown.

Tips: Majesty palms can grow to be up to 15 feet tall.

8. Dumb Cane

Water: Water well on a regular schedule when top 2 to 3 inches of soil are dry.

Light: Medium to bright light; direct sun can burn the leaves.

Tips: Keep away from cold drafts.

Caution: Extremely poisonous. Sap can irritate the skin. Keep well away from pets and children.

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