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It’s safe to say that houseplants have definitely become the thing over the past couple of years. They are all over Instagram and Pinterest, and Pantone did name the color of the year “Greenery”. Beyond the trend of having a houseplant, it’s essential to pair your plant with the perfect planter to complete the look.
Since Jacob and I moved into our house, searching and finding those perfect houseplants has kind of turned into our thing. We started with a ‘birds of paradise’ plant and most recently a ‘fiddle leaf fig’, which I am totally biased towards. I noticed that Jacob and I are usually drawn toward the plant first, and then end up having to source the perfect planter. So, I’m curious, what do you pick out first, the plant or planter? Or do you have a complete plan going into it? Let me know in the comments section below!
Whether you pick out the planter or plant first, I’ve gathered five stylish indoor plant and planter combinations for you to try in your home.
Monstera-Deliciosa Philodendron – also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant
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This beautiful philodendron plant is a climbing plant, so be sure to provide support as it continues to grow. Unlike a lot of other climbing plants, this one won’t do any damage, so let it run wild. Choose a planter that is deep enough for the root-ball and one with a drain hole. If there’s no drain hole, lay a bed of rocks at the bottom to ensure there will be no root rot.
Watering // Water when the top inch of soil is dry. Daily misting is suggested.
Sunlight // Place in bright, indirect sunlight.
Hoya Obovata – also known as the Wax Plant
Brass & Black Cross Bar Planter – West Elm
This Hoya plant has beautiful dark green leaves that are lightly speckled and produces fragrant flowers when given enough sunlight. Choose a planter that is either hoisted off the ground or plant it in a taller container where its long stems can trail down. These plants can also be grown upright if provided a trellis.
Watering // Water when the soil is completely dry. Water even less in the winter.
Sunlight // Indirect light is best.
Ficus Elastica – also known as the Rubber Fig Plant
White Ecopot Planter – One kings Lane
This ficus has shiny, leathery looking leaves, which is why its street name is the rubber plant. This “plant” will grow more into a tree and the size will depend on the size of the planter it’s planted in. The larger the planter, the larger it will grow and vice versa, the smaller the planter, the smaller the plant. The key is to choose a planter that makes sense for the amount of space you’re looking to fill.
Watering // Water moderately, keeping the soil moist. Wipe and mist leaves regularly, all year round.
Sunlight // Place in bright indirect light. Sunny spots are good, but filtered light is better.
Haworthia – also known as the Zebra Succulent
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The leaves look similar to an aloe plant but have a spiny, speckled white pattern, which looks like a zebra. Choose a planter that is small and unique. If there is no drain hole, make sure you plant the succulent with a layer of drainage rocks at the bottom. Also, be sure to use a well-draining soil. Check out our blog post about how to plant a succulent for more information.
Watering // Only water when the soil is completely dry. Do not over-water.
Sunlight // Place in bright sunlight.
Ficus Lyrata – also known as the Fiddle leaf fig
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The fiddle leaf fig is one of my favorites, its beautiful, over-sized leaves are just perfection. This is another plant that will really grow more into a tree, so plan for it to get big. For a planter, choose one that is relatively low and large. Similar to the rubber plant, the size of the planter will determine how large the plant gets.
Watering // Only water when the top inch of soil is dry. Mist daily.
Sunlight // Keep in bright, indirect light.
Whether you are looking for a small indoor plant or a large one, I hope you found these five combinations of plants and planters helpful.
What do you think about these combinations of plant and planters? Would you want to have any of them in your home? Or are there other combinations that you like? Let me know in the comments below!
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