- Where to put houseplants
- Here are 10 of the best indoor plants for Australian homes:
- 1) Fiddle Leaf Fig
- 2) Monstera Deliciosa
- 3) String of Pearls
- 4) Devil’s Ivy
- 5) Mother In Law’s Tongue
- 6) Calathea
- 7) Tillandsia
- 8) Rubber Plant
- 9) Haworthiopsis Fasciata
- 10) String of Hearts
- Where to buy indoor plants in Sydney / NSW:
- Where to buy indoor plants in Melbourne / VIC:
- Where to buy indoor plants in Brisbane / QLD:
- Where to buy indoor plants in Canberra / ACT:
- Where to buy indoor plants in Adelaide / SA:
- Where to buy indoor plants in Perth / WA:
- Where to buy indoor plants in Hobart / TAS:
- A Simple Guide to Feng Shui Indoor Plants
- 9 Benefits of Keeping Indoor Plants Around You – Backed by Science
- The Feng Shui of Indoor House Plants
- The Types of Plants Matter
- Where NOT to Place Indoor House Plants
- Where to Place Indoor House Plants
- Placements of Indoor Plants Can Get Tricky
- Where To Put Houseplants In Your Home
- Where to Put Houseplants in Your Home
- 9 ways to add more houseplants to your home
- Use the Windows
- Wire Grid
- Kitchen Garden
- Ceiling Hangers
- Wall Art
- Bookshelves and Picture Ledges
- Plant Corner
- Where Is The Best Place to Buy Indoor Houseplants?
- Where to Buy and Find Indoor Houseplants
- Market Stalls
- Fetes / Fairs etc
Where to put houseplants
As well as being beautiful and decorative, houseplants have a number of benefits to your home. They can be great for removing toxic agents in the air through air purification, your indoor plants can also improve your health, and sharpen your focus if you have your plants in an office or classroom environment.
How do you get the most from your plants? Well one of the clues to keeping your houseplants happy, is in the placement of those plants within the home.
Plants, in general, can withstand warmer or colder climates, and a surplus or shortage of water for a short period of time. However, if you want to get the best from your plants, you will need to place them somewhere they will get the water and nutrients in the right climate in order to survive.
So how can you replicate their natural habitat? Our guide will tell you which houseplants to place where in your home so that you get the maximum success from your houseplants!
Which Rooms Work Best?
All of your houseplants have one thing in common. They all need sunshine, but each plant will differ in the amount that they will need.
Don’t just place your indoor plants without a thought. Just because that plant will fit in with the décor of a certain area of the house, does not mean it is best for your houseplant.
Think about such questions as; Which room’s get the most sunlight in my house? Which direction do my windows face? Where are my heaters? What is the average temperature roughly in my house?
With that, you will start to get an idea of which areas will work best when situating your houseplants.
Types Of Plants
As stated above, your plants will need sunshine. Some will thrive off having as much as possible, whilst others will need partial or a full cover of shade for the majority of the time.
Remember that your plants do not need direct sunlight at all possible hours of the day as this can scorch the leaves and the roots of the plant.
Most plants will be happy with a window that is either West, East or South facing. So do not look to have too many plants facing a Northerly window.
There are of course plants that require partial or full shade for large portions of the day.
For instance, flowering and foliage plants such as some varieties of fern and lily tend to deal well with minimal direct sunlight and with artificial light.
So if you set your foliage plant back from your South facing window a few feet, you will be putting your plant in an ideal position. If you have West or East facing windows, then ensure that your foliage plant remains out of the midday sun, or when there are times of direct sunlight in the room.
Plants with large, thick, fleshy leaves will tend to do well in the shade for the most part. Examples of such a plant would be; Jade, Stonecrop and Zebra plant to name but a few.
As opposed to your garden, your houseplants may need more care. It’s always best to do a little bit of research on your plants, even if it’s to see how often your houseplants should be watered or what the desired climate for your houseplant should be.
Most houseplants are happy at around 70°F (20°C), but some only thrive at colder temperatures. For example, cyclamen prefer a temperature range between 50°F to 60°F (10°C to 15°C); Cineraria even colder. If you own a bonsai tree or any other tropical indoor plants, then you may need to have a constant temperature of around 70°F (20°C).
Be careful when placing your plants near a heated source. Most forms of home heating produce an atmosphere which is too dry for the majority of pot plants. Central heating in winter will create a warm atmosphere which is as dry as a Desert. This will be almost inhospitable for indoor plants.
You can either spray your plants with fine droplets of water regularly or create a micro-climate around their leaves by grouping or by packing moss between the pot and its decorative container. You will be able to see the warning signs when your leaves are bone dry or discoloured and the soil looks as if it needs watering.
Have you got any tips or advice, or perhaps you want to show off your houseplants in your home? Get in touch with us via our social media sites, or alternatively leave a comment below!
If you want to liven up your living space, purify the air or bring a bit of the outside in, houseplants can make an unbe-leaf-able difference to your abode.
We’ve found the best places to buy indoor plants all over Australia, so skip to the end to find a nursery, plant store or market near you!
Keen to green your house but not sure where to start?
Here are 10 of the best indoor plants for Australian homes:
1) Fiddle Leaf Fig
If you don’t own a Fiddle Leaf Fig do you even #houseplant? The most popular houseplant in the world (according to the gospels of Instagram and Pinterest), Fiddles are prized for their large, luscious leaves.
Much like a toddler that loses its cool when it’s not getting enough attention, Fiddles are temperamental and will sulk if conditions aren’t exactly to their liking. The key to keeping your Fiddle in a good mood is to position it in a well lit spot (but not immediately next to a window where it’s likely to cop the brunt of the Australian sun) and only water occasionally.
Before watering, stick your finger into the soil and if it feels wet, don’t water again until it has dried out (this is a good rule of thumb for all houseplants).
2) Monstera Deliciosa
Monstera Deliciosa, Swiss Cheese, Split Leaf Philodendron, Mexican Breadfruit or Fruit Salad plant… whatever you call it, there’s no denying the popularity of this suburban favourite. Not convinced? Check out #MonsteraMonday on Instagram for bulk inspo.
While some houseplants are content to grow in a small pot, Monsteras need room to move, so think big when deciding on a pot and where to position it in your home as they can be hard to move once established (unless you hire a helper on Airtasker, of course!).
Hailing from the tropics, Monsteras love humidity, so will flourish when placed in your bathroom (so long as there is plenty of natural light available) where they can soak up your post-shower mist. If you want some more bathroom greenery, check out these bathroom ideas which look at both hanging and potted varieties.
3) String of Pearls
No shelfie is complete without the cascading tendrils of a String of Pearls but before you race out to the shops, think twice because this highly photogenic plant is a tricky beast to keep alive.
As with many indoor plants, this beauty prefers indirect sunlight and well drained soil, so you’ll need to pop it in a pot with numerous drainage holes and resist the urge to water regularly. Alternatively, find a vessel you love (anything from an old kettle to a beautiful bowl) and get someone with a drill to to drill some drainage holes.
When purchasing String of Pearls you will likely only find small, immature versions available at major nurseries; for more established plants check out Gumtree or plant auction Facebook groups in your area, or one of the plant stores listed at the end of this article.
Tried everything but still can’t seem to keep your beloved String of Pearls happy? Why not get a gardening lesson?
4) Devil’s Ivy
Don’t be fooled by the name, Devil’s Ivy is a heavenly addition to any home/plant collection. Second only to a succulent in terms of its ability to survive living with somebody who isn’t blessed with the gardening gene, Devil’s Ivy is made of tough stuff.
Plant in a pot or vessel of your choosing (size doesn’t matter) and position wherever you like. Dark corner? No worries. Bright window sill? On the balcony? Not a problem. You can place Devil’s Ivy just about anywhere and it will continue to survive against the odds so long as you water it regularly.
As your Devil’s Ivy grows fuller, propagate new plants by cutting off established leaves and leaving the stems in water until they grow new roots. Voila – free plants!
5) Mother In Law’s Tongue
A popular decor choice in trendy cafes across the country, the eye catching Mother In Law’s Tongue is a distant relative of asparagus (which explains the tall, shoot-like leaves) but please, try to resist the urge to serve it up with hollandaise on toast.
Tough in appearance and durability, this breed is harder to kill than a bad guy in a horror film so don’t worry too much about over or under watering.
Sold at most commercial garden centres, Mother In Law’s Tongue is so common and easy to grow that websites like Gumtree are packed with them, where they’re generally a lot cheaper than your neighbourhood nursery. Shop around to find the best plant at the best price and if you locate a particularly large one that won’t fit in your car (they can grow up to 3-4 feet tall!), hit up Airtasker for help with transport.
A rising star on the houseplant scene due to its striking leaves, the elegant Calathea is quickly gaining traction with plant collectors and amateur green thumbs.
To flourish, Calathea require some serious TLC including being kept hydrated with distilled water (as poor quality tap water can cause leaf burn), plus regular fertilisation.
Prune off dead leaves to support new growth and expect to experiment with different spots in your home until you find one with the perfect blend of light and humidity – your bathroom is a good starting point. You’ll know you’ve found its dream destination when new leaves start to grow.
If you’re trying your best and still struggling to keep your Calathea alive, .
Are you a self confessed black thumb capable of killing a houseplant with nothing more than a sidewards glance? Fear not because Tillandsia thrives in the unforgiving deserts of Mexico, so chances are it will flourish in your one bed apartment or family residence.
So long as you protect this spiky stunner from frosty weather and cold draughts, Tillandsia will reward you by surviving longer than any family pet you’ve owned to date.
While most houseplants require a dedicated pot filled with potting mix or soil, Tillandsia plants get all of the nutrients they need from the air, so they’ll grow just about anywhere. Forget about them in winter but give them a quick spritz of water every couple of weeks in summer.
8) Rubber Plant
Any indoor gardener worth their watering can owns a Rubber Plant or two. Poised to overtake Fiddle Leaf Figs as the most popular houseplant of 2018, Rubber Plants will grow huge, or stay small, depending on the pot they’re in.
For a Rubber Plant that towers over your couch, opt for a gigantic pot. For a pint sized plant that won’t overshadow the prized midcentury pottery collection on your vintage sideboard, go for a compact pot.
Water regularly, position in a sunny nook and wipe the leaves clean of dust from time to time to encourage growth.
9) Haworthiopsis Fasciata
The gateway species of the gardening world, succulents appreciate minimal watering and maximum sunlight, so they’re a cinch to keep alive.
For newcomers to houseplants we suggest earning your stripes with Haworthiopsis Fasciata, also known as the Zebra Plant. Guaranteed to thrive on neglect, Haworthiopsis Fasciata is at its happiest when positioned on a well lit windowsill with minimal intervention (ie: it doesn’t require regular watering).
This spiky fella will only grow up to 10cm-13cm at best, so pick a small pot and let mother nature do the rest.
10) String of Hearts
Unlike that person you met on Tinder who seemed so promising but is now ghosting you, this succulent vine won’t go breaking your heart.
Also known as Ceropegia woodii or Chain of Hearts this delicate trailing vine is the perfect match for that gluten free, free range, fair trade artisan hanging planter you’ve been eyeing on Etsy. A happy String of Hearts will grow tendrils up to four metres long when not overwatered and planted in well draining soil in a bright, sunny location. Like a succulent String of Hearts appreciates dry air, so best to avoid the bathroom/laundry.
Now you know which plants to look out for, here’s where to get them!
Most large Bunnings and IKEA stores around Australia carry the most trendy indoor plant varieties (we’re looking at you, Monstera), but for more unusual houseplants and variations in colour and style check out these independent nurseries and plant shops.
Where to buy indoor plants in Sydney / NSW:
Butterfly Blooms Garden Centre – 162-166 Unwins Bridge Rd, St Peters NSW 2044
A secret oasis in the Inner West, this independent garden centre has both indoor and outdoor plants plus a huge range of pots, from traditional terracotta to colourful contemporary styles.
Garden Life – 158 Princes Highway, St Peters NSW 2044
When the space you need to fill is more airy atrium than dark corner you need to visit Garden Life. A calm-inducing warehouse space filled with trailing greenery, carefully sculpted trees, huge pots and rustic-but-ever-so-stylish planters.
Newtown Garden Market – 538 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Describing themselves as “the only jungle in Newtown” you can bet you’ll find all your green dreams here.
Domus Botanica – online
With the ethos that “green spaces are better places” Domus Botanic is sharing the love of indoor plants with a perfectly curated selection of plants, plant stands and botanical accessories online.
Where to buy indoor plants in Melbourne / VIC:
Vasili’s Garden – 21-25 Munro Street, Coburg VIC 3058
Go for the plants, stay for the TV show…we’ll leave that one for you to discover!
Ceres – Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East VIC 3057
Way more than plants, CERES (the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) Community Environment Park is an urban farm and education centre. Learn all about the secret life of plants while you’re picking up some leafy gems from their nursery.
Roraima Nursery – 20 Swan Street, Lara VIC 3212
If you like your houseplants sculptural and spiky get along to Roraima who have one of the largest collections of succulents we’ve ever seen! A perfect indoor plant choice for people who forget to water or go travelling a lot.
Bulleen Art & Garden – 6 Manningham Road West, Bulleen VIC 3105
Whether it’s a Snake Plant, String of Pearls, Cyclamen or Calathea you’re after BAAG has plenty of options and plenty of advice to go with it. Check out their detailed fact sheet for growing indoor plants successfully.
Where to buy indoor plants in Brisbane / QLD:
Oasis Plant Nursery – 65 Herston Road, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
Only open on Fridays and Saturdays, Oasis really is a little oasis filled with plants grown especially for the Brisbane climate.
Mappins – 240 Montague Road, West End QLD 4101
A converted warehouse filled with everything you need to convert your empty space into green space, Mappins has indoor plants, succulents, bonsai, terrariums and even aquariums! Want to build a vertical garden on your balcony or install a miniature forest in your living room? Mappins will make it happen.
Where to buy indoor plants in Canberra / ACT:
Greengold Nursery – 12 O’Hanlon Place, Federation Square, Nicholls ACT 2913
Run by an enthusiastic team of experienced horticulturalists, Greengold is the place to go for expert advice. They’ll happily help you decide on which plants to choose for a particular space, no matter the size or restrictions.
Heritage Nursery – Weston Park Road, Yarralumla ACT 2600
Palms, ferns, succulents, orchids…whatever type of indoor plant has sparked your obsession you’ll find one or three to add to your apartment or office here.
Willow Park Nursery – 6 Beltana Road, Pialligo ACT 2609
Get your plant fix wandering through extensive greenhouses at Canberra’s oldest nursery, then pop next door to:
Bliss Garden & Giftware – 8 Beltana Road, Pialligo ACT 2609
for an epic range of pots and planters (plus more plants to put in them, of course). You’ll find everything from big glazed pots to woven planters and quirky patterned styles – and a resident peacock!
And hot tips for Canberra – apparently there’s an old man who sells great succulents at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Sundays and the Trash & Treasure Markets in Jamieson have cheap and cheerful ex-office plants looking for new homes!
Where to buy indoor plants in Adelaide / SA:
Charlie & Jack – Rear 2 Sturt Street, Victor Harbor SA 5211
Packed with popular houseplants aplenty, from the Swiss Cheese Monstera to stunning succulents, a chic range of pottery planters and a resident doggo called Juno.
Semaphore Garden & Pets – 119 Semaphore Road, Semaphore SA 5019
Plants, pots AND pets? What more could you want? (Also, Adelaide, we’re loving how much you like animals).
Foliage Plant Studio – 9 Cross Street, West Hindmarsh SA 5007
For all the favourites plus rare and hard-to-find indoor plants, delicate clippings and lovely planters.
Karkoo Nursery – 207 Main Road, Blackwood SA 5051
Fancy a rum cocktail and a bit of jazz while browsing for a miniature pineapple plant? Get down to Karkoo Nursery for plants, punch and pizzazz.
Where to buy indoor plants in Perth / WA:
Little Leaf Co. – 4/496 Marmion Street, Myaree 6154
A creative atelier and indoor garden studio, Little Leaf Co. is a botanical oasis for budding plant parents. Find a huge range of pots, planters and plant stands from the likes of Pop & Scott and Jones & Co among the greenery.
Tony and Sons Nursery – 713 Gnangara Road, Lexia (Landsdale) WA 6065
A must-visit for large scale indoor plants including the popular Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata) and dramatic Bird of Paradise (Strelizia Nicolai). Tony, Maria and family have been supplying ornamental plants across WA since 1980 so you know you’re in good hands!
Creation Landscape Supplies – 139 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle WA 6159
From on-trend favourites to rare varieties you’ll find indoor plants for every surface in this lush oasis. Top stock includes Chain of Hearts, Hoya, Philodendron, Devil’s Ivy, Alociasia and Pony Tail Palms.
Green Room Decor – 34 Eighth Avenue, Maylands WA 6051
Find lush plants and heaps of planters in stylish tones and natural textures in this zen space in Maylands.
Salty Gold – 244 South Terrace, South Fremantle WA 6162
Want to give the gift of plant? Start here! Ready-to-go greenery plus gorgeous pots and planters of all varieties, from painted concrete to woven hanging baskets.
Green Assembly – online
If don’t want to physically wander through aisles of greenery to find your perfect new plant friend browse the digital windowsill here instead! Plants, pots and delivery in one, easy.
Where to buy indoor plants in Hobart / TAS:
Howrah Nursery – 469 Rokeby Road, Howrah TAS 7018
A true garden centre with everything you need to cultivate your indoor garden, from plants to pots to potting mix. Dare you not to walk away with some seedings and a citrus tree too.
Redbreast Plants – Flowerdale and Margate locations
Not technically indoor plants, but an incredible selection of Australian native plants. We’re sure you could find a way to get some of these beauties inside! Check out their listings of plants suitable for container planting to get inspired.
Know somewhere else to get amazing indoor plants near you? Let us know in the comments!
Plant illustrations by Jin Ju Hong.
A Simple Guide to Feng Shui Indoor Plants
By Victor Cheung Last modified on May 21st, 2019 at 12:23 am 474 Shares
I believe everyone should have plants in their house.
To start, it’s because they are a great addition to the look and feel of your home. They bring life to an otherwise plain or stale environment. Further, they are quite easy to maintain.
But the main reason is because plants bring both health and feng shui benefits, as you will see in this guide.
So if you’re looking to energize your home with more life, but need some tips and guidance on feng shui house plant selection and placements, then this guide is for you.
Let me begin with the health benefits of keeping indoor plants that are proven by scientific research.
9 Benefits of Keeping Indoor Plants Around You – Backed by Science
Studies have shown that keeping indoor plants improves our mental and physical health. Here are a few I found that cites credible sources.
1. Improves Concentration and Productivity. According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, the mere presence of plants boosts a person’s ability to maintain attention and concentration. Along the same line, other studies have suggested that plants at work can increase productivity by 15%.
2. Generates Happiness. Multiple studies have cited that plants in the workplace increased employee satisfaction. Further, flowers are found to have the greatest impact. Research conducted at Rutgers shows that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. The researchers were even shocked, because 100% of the people responded to flowers with a true or excited smile.
Researchers found that 100% of people responded to flowers with a true or excited smile.
3. Reduces Stress. A study conducted by Washington State University and a study published by NCBI found that the presence of plants helped reduce employee stress levels. According to Dr. Leonard Perry from the University of Vermont, who cites similar research, stated that visual exposure to plants helped lessen stress within five minutes.
4. Inspires Compassion and Improves Relationships. Research has shown that people who spend more time with plants have better relationship with others. Exposure to the natural environment, which includes animals, nature, and wildlife, produced similar results.
5. Improves Energy and Performance. Not only do plants improve concentration and productivity, it also gives you feelings of vitality and increased work performance. In a study conducted by Texas A&M University, they found that both women and men experienced increase in innovative thinking, creative performance, and problem solving with the presence of plants and flowers in the workplace.
Though a bit overdone, how would you feel if your workplace looked something like this?
6. Improves Learning Abilities. A 2010 study of 101 public high schools in Michigan revealed that exposure to nature has a positive relationship to student’s performance. The performance was measured by standardized test scores, graduation rates, number of students planning to attend college, and number of occurrences in criminal behavior.
7. Accelerates Healing and Recovery Process. It turns out that hospital gardens bring natural medical benefits. Namely, it helps patients heal and recover faster. In a study conducted by HortTechnology, patients recovering from abdominal surgery in hospital rooms were tested. They found that the patients exposed to plants and hospital gardens had significantly fewer intakes of postoperative analgesics, more positive physiological responses, and more positive feelings.
8. Lowers Heart Rate and Blood Pressure. In the same study where patients were found to heal and recover faster, they found that indoor plants had the ability to lower heart rate and blood pressure. You can access the full article here.
Ok, so plants are great for us. However, these studies tell us little about what types of plants were used in their research (aside from flowers) and where they were placed (aside from outdoor gardens).
Here’s where feng shui comes in.
The Feng Shui of Indoor House Plants
So how do plants help feng shui?
If you know a little about feng shui, it’s mostly about how the eight cardinal directions affect us, how different shapes and forms influence us, and how Qi impacts our well-being. Practicing feng shui is about combining all of them together and using what’s in our control to improve our surrounding energy so that it’ll better our lives.
Plants are living and breathing beings. They produce much more energy than non-living, un-enchanted objects such as a typical three-legged frog that you can buy from Amazon.
The aura and energy mapping of plants – the before and after of using plants to cure Feng Shui’s Violence Star.
It is that living energy from plants that are used to feng shui a house. Their energies are typically used to achieve the following goals:
Boost the Energy of an Area
Plants are living and breathing beings, and they can generate feelings of vitality and energy inside your home . It brings more life to an otherwise still environment.
Balance the Five Elements
All plants belong to the Wood element, and experts use them as a way to balance the elemental energy of a specific area. For instance, it can help boost the energy level of an area associated with wood, or weaken an area associated with water. But of course, there are other factors to consider when balancing the five elements, which we will discuss later.
Feng Shui’s five elements and their cycles of production, exhaustion, and destruction.
Flowers are commonly used to attract love. One way is to place a few flowers in the bedroom. Another way is to place flowers in your Peach Blossom Luck area (more about this in the section below: Where to Place Indoor Plants). These are not recommended for those who are married or in a relationship.
Increase Learning Abilities
This is consistent with the scientific findings mentioned above, where plants are used to increase the academic performance of high schoolers. The plant suggested by feng shui is the “lucky bamboo”, where four straight bamboos are placed in the Wen Chang area. You will find more details about this in the section below: Where to Place Indoor Plants.
However, not all plants are the same when you want to use it for feng shui purposes.
The Types of Plants Matter
Feng Shui can get quite specific on what types of plants to use. Here, I’ll give you a brief overview of what these types are.
Shape and Size of Leaves
Round leaves are better than long pointy ones, and large leaves are better than small ones. Pointy leaves are disliked because its shape is bad Form (from the Form School of Feng Shui), whereas large round leaves are said to have the ability to attract positive energies.
Size of the Indoor Plant
Larger plants bring more energy, and smaller plants bring less. The suitable size totally depends on the five elements associated with that area. After reading this guide, you will understand why.
Flowers are Their Own Kind
Flowers are commonly used for feng shui love. Though flowers also belong to the Wood element, its colors also bring other types of visual enhancements and energy.
In terms of the Five Elements, Wood produces Fire. When the flowers bloom in colors such as red and pink, the energy of the Fire element are greatly enhanced. This may or may not be ideal, which again depends on the placement of the flowers.
Cacti are Their Own Kind
You probably guessed this already. Most cacti do not have leaves. Instead, they have needles, which brings negative energy just by its Form and shape (from the Form School of Feng Shui). The negative energies of sharp objects attack our sense of security, put us on guard, and creates discomfort.
Cactus have sharp needles that puts us on guard and can potentially hurt us.]
By now, you should have an idea of how plants are used and how different types of plants enhance the feng shui of an area. Let us now go deeper into where you should place them in your house.
Where NOT to Place Indoor House Plants
This section goes deeper into some of the feng shui concepts described earlier.
We will mainly be using the five elements and the type of room to tell you where NOT to place indoor plants.
1. Center of the House. The center area of your home belongs to the Earth element. Because Wood has the ability to weaken the Earth element, the center of your house is not the best place for indoor plants. This is not to say that placing plants there is completely out of the question. If you feel like the area can use some plants, place small ones instead of large ones.
2. Southwest and Northeast Area. Just like the center area of your home, both Southwest and Northwest belongs to the Earth element as well. A weakened energy in the Southwest area negatively affects the relationship between the husband and the wife. A weakened energy in the Northeast area slows down children’s ability to learn, which may result in poor academic performance.
3. Northwest Area. The Northwest area belongs to the Gold element. Because Gold and Wood destroy each other, this area is also not the best place to place plants. A strong presence of Wood energy, such as those brought by a large plant, can harm the career and health of the breadwinner of the house.
The larger the plant, the stronger the Wood energy. Not all areas are suitable for large indoor plants.
4. Bedroom. In addition to the eight cardinal directions, the type of rooms also matter. Many experts agree that plants are NOT suitable in the bedroom, and their reasons vary. Some say it harms the luck and health of the home’s breadwinner, while others say that plants bring strong energies of growth, which contradicts with the energy needed to get a good night’s sleep. Further, some reasoned that the carbon dioxide produced by the plants at night can negatively affect our sleep.
Placing a few flowers in the bedroom, on the other hand, is said to have the ability to attract the attention of the opposite sex. Again, this is desirable for those who are single but not for those who are married or in a relationship.
5. Kitchen. Large plants are not suitable in this area because the kitchen is filled with the Fire element. The kitchen stove, oven, and other devices all creates energy associated with Fire. Excessive Wood energy, such as those brought by large plants, feeds the Fire element, which can cause excessive Fire energy and undesirable consequences.
6. Restroom. Using a person’s Kua, the restroom can be BOTH a good and a bad place for plants. Plants in a restroom located in an “inauspicious” or “unlucky” area have the ability to amplify the negative energy of that area. On the other hand, for restrooms in “auspicious” or “lucky” areas, plants have the ability to amplify the positive energy, which can counter the negative feng shui brought by the restroom.
If you want to put plants in restroom, select those with strong survival abilities such as the Heart-Leaf Philodendron.
Where to Place Indoor House Plants
If there are places not suitable for plants, then there are also places that ARE suitable for plants. There’s always a balance in feng shui.
Here are some of the recommended places for your indoor plants, also based on the elemental theory and the type of room.
1. East and Southeast Area. Both areas belong to the element of Wood. Indoor house plants, being a living Wood element, have the ability to enhance the Wood energy of that area. This is typically used when an area needs more energy, such as a missing area in your home’s floor plan (example below).
The floor plan above has a small area missing in its Northeast section. Northeast is not the best place for plants, and other methods can and should be used to boost that area’s energy.
When more energy is given to East, motivation and creativity can be improved to assist your career. For Southeast, more Wood energy improves social relationships and money luck. Again, you’d have to watch for not over-energizing these areas (such as building a forest in there), as it may result in unintended consequences.
2. South Area. This area belongs to the element of Fire. Adding plants here can enhance the Fire energy because Fire feeds on Wood. The result is increased courage and heightened ability to make better judgments, thereby improving your reputation that this area signifies.
3. Entry Hall and Living Room. Large indoor plants are suitable for both the living room and entry hall, as it can steadily improve the overall luck of the whole family. Just remember that large plants are not suitable in the Southwest, Northeast, and Northwest of the house, even if it’s the entry hall or the living room.
Though large plants are suitable close to the front door, this does not apply in every situation.
4. Dining Room. Placing plants in the dining room can improve the money luck of the whole family. Some experts suggest placing plants that bear fruits because it signifies the reaping of rewards. The size of the plant to use totally depends on the size of the dining room.
5. Underneath Beams. Beams are known for their bad feng shui because they bring suppressing Qi (think of the trapped-feeling you get when you enter a place with very low ceilings). That is why feng shui suggest that you avoid sleeping, working, or resting under beams. Placing large tree-like plants underneath the beam is said to help a little, as its upward growth is said to counter the beam’s suppressing Qi.
6. Home Office. Science found that plants help concentration and improve learning. In feng shui, the same applies when you place four straight lucky bamboos in the Wen Chang area (also known as the study area).
Lucky bamboo for feng shui’s Wen Chang area should be straight.
7. Wen Chang Area. Both you and your house have a Wen Chang area, which is a star that correlates with wisdom and literature. This area can be activated using four straight lucky bamboos as mentioned earlier.
Wen Chang is the name of the God of Culture and Literature in Taoism.
To find the Wen Chang area of your home, you will need your home’s sitting and facing direction. Usually, the side of your house that faces the street is the facing direction. When you have those, use the chart below to find the Wen Chang area of your home.
The house’s Wen Chang area.
There is also a personal Wen Chang area, which can be used on a smaller scale such as your home office or your children’s study room. Use the last digit of your birth year, the chart below, and a compass to find your personal Wen Chang area.
Personal Wen Chang area.
8. Peach Blossom Area. The Peach Blossom area correlates with love and romance. This area can be enhanced by using flowers, and should only be used for those looking to attract a partner. Use your animal sign and the chart below to locate this area.
Use your animal sign and this chart to find your Peach Blossom area.
Placements of Indoor Plants Can Get Tricky
By now, you should have a pretty good idea about how plants are used in feng shui and where they should be placed and why.
However, there will be instances where you’ll be utterly confused, even when you follow the instructions that I laid out above. This is because feng shui is not that simple, and there are multiple factors you need to take into consideration.
For instance, what happens if your living room is in the Northwest area? Though the living room is a great area to place large plants, having it located in the Northwest area negates that fact. The solution? Place smaller plants rather than larger ones.
The situation only gets more complicated when you add the personal Kua into the equation. That is because each direction of on the person’s Kua has their own five elements. Imagine balancing that!
Plants are a great addition to your living space. Science proved that it positively impacts our mental and physical health. Feng shui, on the other hand, has been using it to attract love, increase learning abilities, and to improve overall luck, among many others.
However, using plants for feng shui can get tricky. You’ll need to factor in the five elements, the type of room, and the directions. It’s not easy, but that’s the only way you can apply feng shui in a holistic way to get the best results that you desired for. Of course, the alternative is to get help from a professional so you won’t overlook any important factors when you feng shui yourself.
I know this is a lot of information to digest. So if you have any questions, ask them using the comment below and I’ll answer you using the best of my knowledge.
Where To Put Houseplants In Your Home
Plants can withstand warmer or colder climates and more or less water than they need for short periods of time. If you expect them to thrive, however, you need to be sure to place them where they need to be in order to obtain the climate, water and nutrients required to survive. The location you put them in should be as close as possible to their natural habitat.
Where to Put Houseplants in Your Home
In most cases, it’s the living room where you spend the greatest amount of your time. This is the room, therefore, that you would choose to decorate with plants. Light, temperature and humidity play major roles in the lives of your plants. You should first determine the quality of light in every location where you might put the plants. You probably should not rely solely on your eyes either for this. You might feel there is enough light because you can read, when in reality it might not be enough light for your plants.
You need to also remember that light quality is not always constant. At one time, with the sun, the room has bright light. At night, when you have the lights on, you might believe it’s the same light, but it’s not as bright as sunlight. Further, summertime in one room is not the same king of light as winter sunlight.
Temperature is just as important. If you give a plant the correct lighting, generally they are also getting the necessary temperature. The problem with temperature is that in unheated rooms in the winter the temperature can drop too much for your plants.
Kitchens are often overlooked as a proper place to put plants. But constant temperature and higher humidity often cause plants placed here to simply thrive. You can put herbs on the windowsill and blossoming summer plants and hanging planters can be placed around to simply decorate the kitchen. In a bathroom with good natural light, ferns do especially well.
A light, cool bedroom that is heated in the winter is ideal for plants that need cooler temperatures in the winter. Some plants that would do well here are:
- Grape ivy (Cissus)
- Fatshedera (x-Fatshedera lizel)
- Schefflera (Schefflera)
- Indoor linden (Sparmannia africana)
Dust-free halls and stairwells are perfect for those larger plants that can no longer fit on a windowsill. These places are also great for winter quarters for tub plants and those that require a rest period at a lower temperature. If you live in an apartment building, you could always ask a landlord if you can put your plants out in the hallway for the winter.
There are some plants that literally enjoy being placed in a corner. They originate from cool mountain forests of tropical and subtropical regions. You can give them a little light here and there. Plants that like this include:
- Cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)
- Ivy (Hedera)
- Cretan brake fern (Pteris cretica)
- Baby tear’s (Helxine soleirolii, syn. Soleirolia soleirolii)
Plants from the higher mountain regions with warmer climates thrive in light hallways and stairwells or on glassed-in balconies. These plants don’t mind direct sun once in a while and appreciate a period on the balcony or patio outdoors. Examples include:
- Flowering maple (Abutilon)
- Porcelain berry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata
- Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla)
- Sapphire flower (Browallia)
- Citrus trees
- Euonymus japonicus
- Fatsia japonica
- Grevillea robusta
So, figure out where to place your plants, what type of environment you can create for them, and go for it. There’s nothing more enjoyable that a beautiful display of plants that you have reared yourself.
9 ways to add more houseplants to your home
Adding plants to your living space is an easy way to add beauty and character to your home. But aesthetics aren’t the only benefit of indoor gardening as houseplants can make your home’s air healthier and also make you happier. No to mention, you can easily grow useful plants and herbs that work great for healthy cooking and as natural medicines.
Even if you weren’t born with a green thumb or have a tiny space to work with, there are ways to go green with your decor. If you choose the right plants and get creative, your indoor garden will thrive.
Here are nine ways to add more plant life to your home.
Use the Windows
For many indoor plants, sunlight is essential. So, placing your plants near windows is a no-brainer. A Beautiful Mess suggests a DIY ledge for the kitchen window to set up your herb garden or hang an over-the-window plant shelf in your living room or bedroom.
Instead of hanging a curtain for privacy, you can create a “plant shelfie” and group a bunch of plants together or use a large sturdy tension rods to hang plants at the top of the window.
Custom shelves around or under the window — or added to the ledge — also work well, too.
Jazz up a plain wall with a wire grid and S-hooks to display houseplants. You don’t need a ton of space for this idea, and it makes it easy to hang gardening essentials like scissors and a watering can. You can find wire grids in different shapes and sizes, and some also have mountable shelves.
A window in your kitchen is an excellent place to grow an indoor herb garden, however, that’s not an option for everyone. You can still make it happen by hanging small planters on your cabinets. Also, if you have the counter space, you can create a small garden for succulents with a two-tier fruit basket and some fabric scraps.
Related: How to grow 10 foods from kitchen scraps
Like the wire shelves, a pegboard is also a great idea for small spaces. They work well in any room, no matter how big or small. You can even use a peg board as a headboard. The great thing about pegboards is that you can use hooks, baskets and shelves to create the look you want. You can also add a pop of color with a few tiny potted plants or cover the board entirely.
Speaking of macrame, it has made a major comeback recently, which means you can easily find macrame plant hangers to hang from the ceiling. They are great to hang near windows, or you can use ceiling hangers in unexpected places like in the bathroom or over a dining table.
When you live in a small space, ceiling hangers are a fantastic option. You won’t give up any shelf, floor or wall space, and they add a fun, unexpected layer to the decor.
Turn plants into pieces of living art by adding them to string art or macrame wall hangings. You can find tons of affordable options on sites like Etsy that can quickly turn plants and flowers into artwork. Plants and flowers nestled into different designs look great. Air plants are a great option for wall art because they are super easy to take care of.
Related: Sustainable pencil stubs Sprout into plants
Bookshelves and Picture Ledges
If you have built-in shelves in your living room, bedroom or kitchen, don’t let the high shelves go to waste just because they are out of reach. Add some plants that drape down to add some green to your space. Trailing plants are very popular and they are low-maintenance.
If you have the option of adding something to the wall, pictures ledges are perfect for displaying plants indoors because the small lip on the edge will keep them from falling. Picture ledges are usually cheaper than traditional shelves. Just make sure you choose ledges that are wide enough.
If there is a small, dull space in your home that needs some love, you can add some plants with a rolling cart. If you live in an apartment and can’t add shelves, grids or peg boards to the wall, a rolling cart is the perfect option for creating a mini-jungle. Or, if you have some dead space in a large room, the cart doesn’t even have to go up against the wall.
If you have an empty corner that needs some attention, consider filling it with plants of different shapes and sizes. Place different pots (of various shapes and sizes) in the corner to create a plant corner. You can incorporate your plant cart into the area for some added height.
I constantly get email asking “Where is the best place to buy indoor plants? or “Where to buy houseplants?”
One of the great frustrations commercial plant growers face comes from the fact that once the plants leave the nursery, all control and care is out of their hands.
The care, handling, treatment, displaying and care info has been passed on to someone else. Read on to learn more about these garden secrets.
I know quite a few gardeners or growers that have control and over sight of literally millions of plants.
They constantly look for new gardening varieties and ways to improve and deliver the finest, healthiest plants they can produce to you.
Where Is The Best Place to Buy Indoor Houseplants?
You probably came here from searching for one of: the best place to buy indoor plants near me, cheapest place to buy houseplants or places to buy plants.
Let me first give you some observations.
Recently, an out of town trip took me to the state of Virginia. As is my usual custom, I try to drop in and take a look at what the local nursery and garden center has to offer.
I’m not particular, it can be a local nursery, grocery store or national chain. My only requirement – they need to carry some indoor houseplants.
Here’s is what I found:
Grocery Store: Dracaena massangeana displayed “elegantly” on a pallet in front of the store, receiving direct sunlight in the afternoon.
The plant was still outside later in the evening about 9:00 pm with a temperature in the 50’s and some breeze. No one around to ask a question and no care information.
My diagnosis: If the plant doesn’t sunburn it probably will get some cold damage. The person (if anyone buys it) will have problems.
Update: Lately, I’ve found better quality bromeliads and orchids (phalaenopsis) in the grocery store than at the big box stores!
National Chain Orchids (35 or so) mixed with a lot of other foliage plants. A couple of flowers hanging on from the flowering plant and the “potting soil” – completely dried out. No one to ask a question and no care information.
My diagnosis: Problems again if the plant is sold.
Spathiphyllum: Looked good and reasonably priced. Plants were inside under cover. No one to ask a question and limited care information.
My diagnosis: Good opportunity for plant success. Need to find some care info but otherwise excellent plant(s).
National Chain Bromeliad Basket: Indoors, excellent quality, displayed well, priced very reasonably. No one to ask a question and limited care information.
My diagnosis: Because of the excellent quality of the plants, and the general long lasting bloom time these plants will provide color for months. Plant success
National Chain (different than the orchids): Ficus trees and palms pushed pot to pot receiving some full sun, displayed right next to the annuals.
My diagnosis: Plants looked OK but won’t last long with little care and treated as “second class plants”. Possible plant success but doubtful.
What is my point? Where is the best place to buy your indoor plants?
My point is simply that unlike cut flowers, a foliage plant can be enjoyed indoors for months and years.
But you must first start off with a quality plant that hasn’t been subjected to stress and abuse before it heads to your home.
These plants probably didn’t arrive in bad shape. They have simply not been cared for, displayed and placed in the proper areas to be maintained before they are sold.
We find annuals in full sun where they will be planted. You don’t expect to purchase old or bruised fruit or vegetables, do you?
Shouldn’t you expect the plants that you are going to place indoors to have their own “indoor vegetable garden” area and not be outside exposed to the elements.
Look For a Nursery That:
- Carries indoor plants regularly and not just seasonally
- Has a wide variety of plants to choose from
- Receives regular plant shipments
- Has a protected garden soil area devoted to indoor plants
- Has experienced personnel who can provide some guidance
- Potted plants placed in quality pots with drainage holes. Should also contain well-drained soil.
- If buying a plant online, check for images, packaging, and reviews.
Find out when new plants are arriving to get the best plants.
Starting with a quality plant to grow may cost more but you’ll receive a plant that will be fresher and in better condition to begin the acclimation process.
Where to Buy and Find Indoor Houseplants
Therefore regrettably most plants in these places are not well looked after and dead or diseased plants are quite common. If you’re looking for a particular plant this may not be the best place to start your search, however you could still find a good deal.
- Convenient way to buy
- Reasonably priced
- Quality is normally only average at best
- Limited or no staff knowledge about plants
- Only basic range consisting of common or popular varieties
These chain stores often have a “garden centre” or house decoration section, which will inevitably sell houseplants.
Prices are normally fair, and the selection varied. Quality is often excellent, although the staff members may not be well trained in “plants” and the care labels attached to the pots are often generic in their instructions.
- Good number of plants to choose from
- Often well looked after
- Usually good refund or exchange policy if plants fail
- Fair price
- Normally located out of town
- Limited or no staff knowledge about plants
- Only basic range of common or popular houseplants for sale
All aspects of a Market Stall tend to be average but don’t let this put you off. You should inspect the plant well before purchase for signs of inferior stock or disease.
- Very good prices
- The sellers can be very knowledgeable about what they are selling
- Extremely limited range
- Difficult to return plants which fail
Fetes / Fairs etc
It’s quite common at Fetes / Fairs to find amateur stalls selling garden plants but you may also find ones selling home grown indoor plants too. The selection however is often very limited and you will normally only find types which are very easy for the lay person to propagate, i.e. Spider Plants.
Prices can be quite varied although often a high proportion, if not all, of the sale price will go to the very reason for holding the Fete in the first place , i.e. to a charity or a school.
- Money raised is usually going to a good cause
- Good bargains can be found
- Very few house plants are sold at fates
- Quality will be unknown
Have we missed any? Where do you buy your houseplants from? Tell us in the comments below.
About the Author
Over the last 20 years Tom has successfully owned hundreds of houseplants and is always happy to share knowledge and lend his horticulture skills to those in need. He is the main content writer for the Ourhouseplants Team.
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