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The Perfect Plant: What Are the Top 8 Most Common Plants?

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Did you know that there are a ton of benefits to having houseplants in your home? Beyond looking absolutely stunning, common indoor plants have been shown to reduce your stress levels and even improve the quality of the air inside your home. Many of these plants are pretty easy to maintain, too!

If you want to transform your home into an Instagram-worthy space, then you might be wondering about some of the most common plants. We can help you decide which common houseplant works best in your home. Read on to find out more!

1. Fiddle Leaf Fig

The Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) is a tremendously popular houseplant. This plant can grow quite tall, up to 50 feet in the tropical rainforests in western Africa to which it is native. Thankfully, indoor fiddle leaf figs stay around five to six feet tall.

The leaves of the fiddle leaf fig are large, broad, and glossy. Because of this, the plant will need access to indirect natural light in order to achieve photosynthesis. It does best when placed next to a window that faces south or east.

Be sure to let the soil dry between waterings, and you’ll have a happy and healthy plant!

2. Monstera

Monstera (Monstera deliciosa) is easily one of the most popular plants you’ll find on home decor photos on Instagram. In fact, it even has its own hashtag, #monsteramonday.

Monstera is easily distinguishable by its large, glossy leaves that contain natural holes, termed fenestrations. In fact, those holes are so famous that it has earned the moniker, Swiss Cheese Plant.

Monstera is native to Central America’s tropical landscapes, which means this plant loves humid environments. In its native habitat, monstera grows on the forest floor, so it is best suited for parts of the home that get bright or medium levels of indirect light. Water your monstera every one or two weeks, waiting for the soil to dry.

3. Snake Plant

If you’re looking for a showy plant that is also very low-maintenance, then the snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) should be your go-to.

There are many different types of snake plants, but the most popular ones feature long, stiff leaves that stand upright. The leaves can grow a few feet in height.

Place your snake plant anywhere in your home that receives indirect sunlight. Water them infrequently, especially during the colder months. Be sure that the soil of your snake plant is dry before giving it another watering.

The snake plant not only looks stunning, but it actually removes toxins from the air in your home!

4. Pothos

Next up on the list is a plant that is virtually indestructible. The pothos (Epipremnum aureum) earned the nickname “devil’s ivy” from the fact that they can survive pretty much any kind of abuse.

Pothos can grow in pretty much any environment, including office spaces and bathrooms that have very little natural light. Water when the soil is dry, about once per week. It is pretty tolerant to longer times between waterings.

Pothos is one of a handful of fast growing plants that you can add to your home, making it super exciting to watch.

5. Prayer Plant

The prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) is a showstopping addition to your home.

The oval-shaped leaves feature varied striping between vibrant green and creamy green. The underside of the leaves is a warm, reddish-purple color. During the day, the leaves reach up toward the sun (or your light source) and then droop back down again at night.

The prayer plant prefers indirect sunlight, and it can handle rooms that don’t receive a huge amount of natural light. Water them frequently during the summer, and don’t allow the soil to become completely dry between waterings.

6. Spider Plant

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a houseplant that has been popular for decades, making it easily one of the most common indoor plants you’ll find. This plant features long, arching leaves that make for a showy display in a hanging basket.

Like the snake plant, the spider plant is a low-maintenance plant that purifies the air of the room in which it sits. Water this plant every one or two weeks, ensuring that the soil is dry first. Place it in a room that gets a good amount of indirect light, and you’ll be good to go!

7. Boston Fern

The Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) has earned a reputation for being one of the easiest varieties of fern to grow inside of your home. This plant has many fronds of leaves that hang over the outside of the pot. Hang it from the ceiling or place it on a pedestal for a gorgeous display.

It is native to areas that have lots of humidity, like marshes and tropical rainforests, so it grows best in homes with adequate humidity. Keep your Boston fern’s soil moist, and never allow it to dry out.

8. Philodendron

Are you interested in an indoor plant that has the potential to climb? The philodendron (Philodendron scandens) is the right choice for you!

The philodendron features heart-shaped leaves on its vines, and it is also great at purifying the air in your home. It can tolerate indirect light that is anywhere from light to dark. Water them about once a week, allowing the top couple of inches to dry out between waterings.

Add One of These Common Plants to Your Home!

There’s no shortage of common plants to grow in your home. The ones you choose depend upon the amount of light you get and the amount of time you have to spend taking care of them. Thankfully, there’s a houseplant available for virtually any living situation, so you can make your plant dreams come true!

Do you want to learn more great ways to create the living space of your dreams? We can help you with that! Check out the rest of our blog for tons of home decor inspiration and much, much more!


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