The 5 Best Indoor Plants and Tips on How to Care for Them

Are you fed up with a dull interior? Alternatively, your space could be a blank canvas awaiting its first splash of color. The best indoor plants can provide the perfect amount of intrigue—they’re free-form and organic yet clean and sculptural; they delight with their unpredictability yet reassure with their constant presence. And, happily, their lifespan is significantly longer than that of cut flowers.

A range of indoor plants inside a green room

However, there are a few things to consider when incorporating indoor plants into the decor of a room. Dennis Schrader of Mattituck, New York-based Landcraft Environments explains more.

Indoor Plants Are Part of the Interior

Dennis Schrader explains that people should think of indoor plants as pieces of furniture. This means they should match the interior. The location of your plants should also be dictated by their light requirements and then by the owner’s tastes. That said, you should try a plant here or there and see what looks good for you. Dennis also claims that you should not be afraid to move it around over time. For smaller indoor plants, he says that you can use them as a table setting and then move them to a window still later on.

Here are some of the top choices for indoor plants that will look gorgeous in your home and give it a more finished look.

#1. Peruvian Apple Cactus (Cereus Peruvianus)

Peruvian Apple Cactus (Cereus Peruvianus)
Whatever the weather outside, a cactus will transport you to a desert oasis in your own house. Not only is it low maintenance, but its upright sculptural form ensures that this architectural anomaly always makes a big impression. As a plant grows, it naturally gravitates toward the light. To restore balance, rotate the plant away from the sun and then back toward it.

Peruvian Apple Cactus Plant Care: The Peruvian apple cactus prefers bright, indirect light, although it can also flourish in medium or full light. Once a month, water.

#2. Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree (Ficus Lyrata)

Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree (Ficus Lyrata)
This shrub is distinguished by a long, graceful stem and branches covered in large, leathery leaves. Schrader recommends placing it “near to a skylight or beneath a window.” In other words, it requires the maximum amount of sunlight possible. Schrader says that when the top branches grow above the window frame, they should be pruned.

Water the Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree once a week, or more frequently if it is winter and the air in your home is dry.

#3. Meyer Lemon Tree (Citrus X Meyeri)

Meyer Lemon Tree (Citrus X Meyeri)
Meyer lemons, which are considered to be a mix of lemons and mandarin oranges, have a milder, sweeter flavor than lemons. However, these trees do not end at fruits. When they blossom, they emit this lovely scent of citrus. Meyer lemon trees thrive indoors as long as they receive adequate sunlight.

Meyer Lemon Tree Maintenance: Weekly watering.

#4. Kentia Palm (Howea Forsteriana)

Kentia Palm (Howea Forsteriana)
This plant’s fronds rise to vast heights from the soil and then lean forward, shade the ground below. It looks fantastic in a large urn. This plant should be given enough room to grow to a height of 10 feet with a broad reach.

Kentia Palm Care: Kentia palms require medium to bright light and weekly watering.

#5. Castiron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)

Castiron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)
This plant is “mostly for foliage,” which means it’s ideal if you’re seeking to add a lush, dark green plant to your home. It thrives in medium to low light and is forgiving of neglect, so it’s perfectly good if you forget to water it now and then.

Water once a week or every ten days.