One of the interesting things about plants is that they have their own personalities — or at least their own preferences. Different plants thrive in different conditions, so it’s essential to take several physical factors of your home into consideration before you start selecting varieties.
Light: This is one of the most important considerations to think about for any plant — it’s what plants get their energy from, after all. Some need much more light than others, and you’ll need to position them in different areas of your home to provide optimal light conditions so they can thrive. Look at the light requirements for a plant first before you get it home to ensure you have an appropriate spot for it — and remember that even plants labeled as "low light" still need their fair share of brightness.
Ventilation: Plants thrive when there’s good air circulation around them — but they don’t love the temperature exchange that happens when they’re in drafty areas. During winter, you may need to move your light-loving plants away from windows and into a spot with a full-spectrum lamp that provides the brightness they need without the chillier air.
Humidity: The amount of water vapor in the air also plays a role in how comfortable your plant will be. Many houseplants are from tropical or subtropical areas, so they do best with higher humidity levels that mimic the conditions in the regions they come from. If your plant’s care requirements note that it prefers higher humidity levels, you can mist the leaves using a spray bottle to provide this extra moisture.
Growing Medium: What your plants grow in is as important as what they grow around. Some plants, like cactuses and succulents, like coarser, well-draining soil, while others do well with denser potting mix. Find out which type your prospective plants prefer, and have it on hand when it’s time to repot.
Before selecting your plants, walk through your home and figure out spots for them that best provide the conditions they prefer. Once they arrive, follow their watering, fertilizing and repotting instructions. These elements can make a big difference in how well each plant does in your home.