How To Choose Your Perfect Plant

Over the past couple of years I have become a full-on plant lady. Starting off as a new plant parent, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I quickly realized I hadn’t picked the perfect plant for me when I found myself trying to keep my Brazilian Tree Fern alive in my apartment, with no bright light.

Nurturing these live creatures allowed me to deeply examine my living space and habits. Now I can say from experience that whether you’re already a plant parent or on the verge of becoming one, there are a few things you should consider when finding your perfect plant.

LOCATION

When looking at your apartment or room ask yourself: where do you envision your plant? What’s the light situation? Low or bright? These questions will guide you to the perfect plant for you. If you have low light then a Snake plant makes more sense. If you have brighter space with indirect sunlight the Golden Pothos sounds great.

How’s the environment at your place? Is the air dry or humid? If humid you might consider the Tillandsia, if you’re on the dry side consider a Cactus or Ponytail Palm. A general rule: plants with thick leaves cope better with dry air than those with thin. Once you understand all aspects of your space you’ll be equipped to look for a plant whose native environment matches yours.

Still on location, do take your furry friends (if you have pets) into consideration when adopting a plant. Some plants such as English Ivy, Aloe Vera and Philodendron are considered toxic to cats and dogs. A way around this issue is hanging these plants out of your pet’s reach.

LIFESTYLE

I’m a millennial who enjoys traveling and being away for long periods of time and I know that affects my plants. I have to choose plants that are low maintenance or have friends water my plants regularly when I’m away. Checking your habits and understanding your lifestyle will reveal what kind of plant parent you are or want to be so you can make arrangements as to how you’re going to take care of your plant babies. How often are you home? Do you travel a lot? Do you have an active lifestyle, or are you a natural homebody? Some plants demand more attention like the Calathea or the Zebra Plant while others are more low maintenance and will thrive on the dry side, hello ZZ Plant.

AESTHETIC

There are so many different foliage designs and shapes, different color tones, you name it. Nature is here and she is diverse! Do consider what kind of visual vibe and aesthetic you’re going for. Are you looking for floor plants, tabletops, or tiny plants in hanging baskets? Are you interested in vertical placements? Are you going for a minimal vibe with a centerpiece plant? I’d suggest The Rubber Tree or Monstera Deliciosa. More into a vintage vibe? The purple-heart plant fits right in. What about a romantic feel? The pink leaves of the Variegated rubber plant or Pinstripe plant are perfect for you. The perfect plant for you speaks to your vision.

BEYOND CHOOSING THE PERFECT PLANT

Beyond choosing the perfect plant for you, I really believe plants choose us. Yes, there’s much to consider when adopting a plant but also let yourself be called by a plant and take that lovely living creature to accompany you and boost your home. When you’re surrounded by plants you’re surrounded by life and there’s no better vibe than that.

Written By
Kelanie Aragão