“Studies show that indoor plants can reduce stress, boost concentration and creativity, improve air quality, and, as most plant parents can attest, are therapeutic to care for,” says Eliza Blank, founder and CEO of The Sill, a direct-to-consumer plant brand with locations in New York, West Hollywood, and San Francisco.
These days, finding your soil mate is as easy as ordering from Amazon. The Sill also offers plant delivery right to your door. In addition, there are online companies like Bloomscape, which ship full-grown plants straight from the greenhouse to you—already properly potted and with the necessary drainage.
“Plants are like anything else these days, you can sit on your phone and order them while you’re on the subway,” says Elizabeth Stuart, principal of Elizabeth Stuart Design in Charleston, S.C.
“But considering what type of plant works for you is like deciding what kind of pet fits your lifestyle,” Stuart says. “Are you a goldfish kind of person or a high-maintenance cat kind of person? Plants are no different.”
Be realistic about your time commitment, Blank says. Plants can be delicate, and the wrong kind of care can have grave effects. “Eighty percent of plants are killed by overwatering, and the other 20% are killed by no watering,” says Fernando Wong, founder of Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design in Miami.
Generally, indoor plants aren’t as susceptible to seasonal changes, Blank says. “However, the changes you make to your indoor environment (using an air conditioner in summer or heater during winter, for example) can impact your plants’ overall health,” she says. She recommends keeping houseplants away from anything that causes an extreme temperature change or a warm or cold draft, since plants prefer stability.