Indoor Plants

January 2019

Indoor plants provide a remedy for closed indoor spaces during cold weather.

Plants contribute to good health, provide a cleaner environment and add beauty to your home.  They can make your home cozier and more comfortable.  They remove some of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that accumulate in your home as part of everyday living.

Houseplants, located in the condo home or common areas, are easy to care for so long as you select plants suitable for your condo’s living conditions.


Consider how much light is available.

Low light areas are those where you can read a book without turning on a light.  High light areas allow strong shadows to be cast by objects in the room through much of the day.

Some plants thrive better in low light environments while others thrive in high light areas.  Some plants will thrive in low light areas with the assistance of artificial lights.


Most plants require watering when the top few centimeters of potting soil appears dry to the touch.  Low water varieties can survive longer periods of dryness.  Using planters with drainage allows excess water to escape rather than build up inside a pot where it can drown and rot plant roots.


Most houseplants can survive in temperatures 15C to 29C.


Houseplants should be kept away from potential blasts of hot or cold air which can come from cooling vents, doors or windows.

Plant Size

Smaller plants often work best on tabletops and larger plants on the floor.

Plant Locations

Plants look more natural when in groups.  Mixing plant heights, textures and colours can look more natural.  Mixtures can be created in a single planter or by grouping planters together.

Suspending plants can open up floor space for other purposes.

Locating plants on shelves as a collection keeps them out of reach of animals and children.

Air plants don’t require soil or fertilizer.  They can be displayed in unique ways such as hanging with string, mounting or displayed on wood.   Once a week they require a small spraying with water.

Choice of Pot

  • Indoor planters are available in various materials.
  • Terra cotta or clay pots provide a neutral look to any home.
  • Plastic pots are lightweight and more resistant to breakage. They come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.
  • Ceramic pots are glazed in rich or vibrant colours and patterns.
  • Metal pots can provide a more modern look but can be more susceptible to rust.