Your Indoor House Plant Questions Answered

Anyone who thinks gardening is just about the outdoors is missing out! Our homes can become lush sanctuaries with the right indoor plants. But, like any garden, growing happy houseplants needs a bit of know-how.

Here’s our top 20 questions we get asked about indoor houseplants:


1. How much light does my plant need?

Think of light as your plant’s food. Just like us, some need hearty meals (bright, indirect light), others lighter fare (medium light), and some can get by on snacks (low light). Observe where the sun hits your rooms throughout the day – that’s your guide to plant placement.

For further insight into how much light does my plant need? Read this article.

2. How often should I water my house plants?

The dreaded overwatering! It’s tempting to shower plants with love, but restraint is key.

The finger test is your best friend: stick your finger an inch or two into the soil. Dry? Time to water. Still moist? Give your plant time to breathe.

3. What kind of pot should I use for house plants?

Make sure your pot has drainage holes! Water needs to be able to escape to prevent root rot. For materials, terracotta is breathable, while plastic holds moisture longer.

4. What’s the best soil for indoor plants?

Most houseplants thrive in a well-draining potting mix. Look for blends specifically made for indoor plants.

5. Why are my house plant’s leaves turning yellow?

Yellowing leaves can indicate several issues, including overwatering, underwatering, lack of nutrients, or pests. Observe watering habits and check for bugs to pinpoint the culprit.

6. Why are my plant’s leaves turning brown?

Brown spots or crispy edges usually indicate underwatering or too much direct sunlight.

7. How do I get rid of bugs on my house plants?

Common pests include fungus gnats, spider mites, and mealybugs. Try insecticidal soap, neem oil, or rubbing alcohol for natural pest control.

8. Should I fertilize my house plants?

Yes, especially during their growing season (usually spring and summer). A balanced liquid fertilizer diluted for houseplants works well.

9. When should I repot my plant?

When a plant becomes rootbound (roots circling the pot), it’s time for a larger home! Repot in spring or early summer.

10. How do I prune my house plants?

Pruning encourages bushy growth and removes unhealthy leaves. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.

11. What are the easiest house plants for beginners?

Not all plants are created equal, especially for beginners. You may want to know what are the best indoor plants for low maintenance.

12. Can I grow herbs indoors?

Absolutely! Herbs like basil, mint, chives, and rosemary thrive in a sunny window with regular watering.

13. Why is my house plant drooping?

Drooping usually points to underwatering. Give it a good drink and it should perk up.

14. Are there pet-friendly house plants?

Yes! Spider plants, peperomia, African violets, and many more are safe if your pet nibbles. Be sure to research before getting a plant for a home with pets.

For further insight on are there pet-friendly houseplants? Read this article.

15. How do I create humidity for my plants?

Tropical plants love humidity. Use a humidifier, mist them regularly, or create a pebble tray (pot sits on a tray of pebbles and water).

16. Can I put my indoor plants outside for the summer?

Many houseplants enjoy a summer “vacation” outdoors. Gradually acclimate them to brighter light and bring them back in before the weather turns cold.

17. How do I keep my plant alive while on vacation?

Self-watering pots, asking a friend to water, or grouping plants together to raise humidity can help them survive while you’re gone.

18. Why aren’t my indoor plants flowering?

Many flowering plants need a period of rest or specific light conditions to bloom. Research your specific plant’s needs.

19. Can I propagate my house plants?

Yes! Many houseplants are easy to propagate through stem cuttings, division, or leaf cuttings.

20. Where can I learn more about indoor gardening?

There are tons of resources online, at your local library, and at garden centers! or you can check out some of the articles below for more interesting facts, guides & tips on indoor gardening.

Extra Tips for your garden matters:

  • Observation is your superpower. Get to know your plant’s rhythms.
  • Don’t panic! Most issues can be corrected.
  • Enjoy the journey. Gardening is about nurturing and the joy of green things.

With a bit of knowledge and care, your home can blossom into an indoor oasis!

Any further questions please do not hesitate to ask!