Next to watering and soil moisture, nothing is more important to the overall health of your houseplants than finding a good place for it to live. You may look around your living space and see places where you want to put houseplants. At first, a houseplant may even look perfect in the spot. Yet, if the place is mismatched for that type of houseplant, it won’t take long for trouble to show itself. Here is what you need to know about finding the best places to put your houseplants.
Best Windows and Light Exposure for Houseplant Placement
It starts with knowing your home and its cardinal orientation. In the northern hemisphere, the most direct sunlight will come from windows with southern and western exposure. East-facing windows are most coveted by many houseplant aficionados for the bright light they offer during cooler morning temperatures. North-facing windows are best for plants that are sensitive to direct light.
That said, the cardinal direction of the windows isn’t the only factor in light exposure. Window coverings are a great way to provide bright, indirect light in south- and west-facing windows. Decorative films are affordable, great for your houseplants, and a beautiful window covering in their own right. In more arctic regions, even full-shade houseplants may thrive in a north-facing window. In a room with several large windows, even a spot away from any single window may receive plenty of indirect light for most types of houseplants.
At the same time, the distance from the windowpane is an underrated factor for light exposure. Worried about the plant not getting enough light in the winter? Move it closer to the window. Worried about it getting burned in the middle of summer? Move it away a few inches from the window. Small houseplants on larger windowsills will have considerable flexibility. Of course, small houseplants tend to grow and become large houseplants when healthy. As houseplants become bigger, the side facing the window will show a differentiated growth pattern. It’s common for large houseplants near windows to need to be turned to maintain balanced foliage and flowering.
Keep in mind that there’s a difference between a houseplant that survives and one that thrives. When in doubt, err on the side of giving houseplants a slightly sunnier spot than recommended.
Windowsills, Tables & Desks, Walls & Shelves, Floor & Hanging Plants
Plants should also work with the rest of the home decorating. It starts with logistics. If there is no windowsill, and light from the window casts a bad glare on the TV or computer screen, houseplant placement is going to be a lot trickier than you first imagined.
The size and number of the houseplants should also be considered. You may like the idea of a large houseplant in your workspace, but it may not be the boon to productivity that you imagine, if the plant overwhelms your desk. If you have too many plants in too little space, things will inevitably look cluttered. We’re not home decorating snobs, either. It’s not a bad look for someone who loves houseplants, but densely spaced houseplants can also spread pests more easily. Likewise, give your green thumb the benefit of the doubt and try to leave a little room the plants to grow into their spot.
Tables are an underrated spot for houseplants in our opinion. If you’re worried a houseplant is too unwieldy as a centerpiece for your dining room table, we recommend using a terrarium as an effective boundary and greenhouse-like effect for houseplant care. If you have the space, floor plants can give an entire room the feeling of living in nature. Wall hangings and shelves are another great way to spruce up the home and often not as difficult to install as you might fear.
Best Places to Put Houseplants for Your Family and Lifestyle
Houseplants hung from wall hooks and placed on high shelves offer some inherent advantages for maintaining harmony in your home. Pet-friendly houseplants and babyproofing the home are two big ones. Even if you stick with houseplants that aren’t toxic, you still have to worry about dogs and cats chewing on the plants, knocking and breaking pots, and generally making a mess of things. Small children only need a moment to explore their curiosity. Left on their own during the day, a cat may see a houseplant as a toy and necessary distraction while waiting for you to come home.
If you have high shelves and tall ceilings, or if you have low shelves and floor plants, then easy access for watering can be an issue. If you have chronic back pain, bad knees, or limited mobility, you don’t want to have to choose between your health and the health of your houseplants. Committed to filling your home with houseplants? Invest in fancy watering cans and self-watering plant containers. Hire a maid service that is willing to water your plants as part of their service. The placement and grouping of your houseplants will also influence how much time it takes to water and care for them. It’s easy to hit all your houseplants with water when they’re all located in just a couple spots. Visiting each room in a large house every single week to water plants may take more time than you think.