5 Considerations When Growing and Cultivating House Plants

5 Considerations When Growing and Cultivating House Plants

Looking to add some greenery to your home? House plants are a great addition to your indoor living space, especially in the winter months. Indoor house plants have different needs than outdoor plants, so here are a few tips to keep in mind when growing plants indoors.

Water With Care

The amount of water a plant needs varies based on the type of plant and the type of soil it is planted in. Always remember that the best way to keep your plant sufficiently hydrated is to water the plant thoroughly and then allow the soil time to dry out a bit before watering again. There are some plants that like to stay evenly moist. Make sure you inquire about the proper care when selecting your plant.

Light Requirements

In order to thrive, plants have different light requirements.  Some need full sun or direct light, some only need a bright area or indirect light. Of course, there are plants that will perform in low light requirements. When selecting your plant make sure you can provide the proper light that it will need to thrive, not just survive. 


Choosing a fertilizer is an important part of growing any plant. There are several ways to fertilize. One method is a time-release fertilizer. Time-release fertilizers last approximately three months. Simply sprinkle on the soil and every time the plant is watered, a small amount of fertilizer is released. Other methods include water-soluble plant food which allows you to control the frequency and the amount given.


Sometimes a home can be too dry for growing certain house plants. Ferns are a good example and require higher humidity. Here are a couple of ways to add humidity.

Add a small humidifier to the room where the plant lives. Make sure the humidifier is not misting the plant but is close enough to add moisture to the oxygen in the room for the plant. 

Or set the plant in an oversized saucer filled with small pebbles, filled with water. The water will evaporate and create humidity around the plant. 

Know Your Plant

In order to really know how much water, light, and fertilizer your house plants need, you have to understand the demands of your specific plant. Every plant is different, so it is very important to know how plants will tolerate their environments in order to decide what plants you can best take care of in your home. House plants are a fantastic way to incorporate the outdoors into your indoor living space. Bring the inside of your home to life by growing house plants. Find all the tools and expertise you need to start cultivating house plants for your home at the Conservatory at Lurvey Home and Garden Center.


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