The Hottest Houseplants for Spring (and How to Care for Them)

By: Sarah Beaumont

April 20, 2017

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Not everyone was born with the gift of a green thumb, but there’s no denying that plants have a magical way of completing a room. And it’s not just because their vibrant, green fronds look really chic in any home. Houseplants actually improve air quality and are shown to reduce stress.

In spring, we’re especially keen on filling our homes with all that is green and growing. So to complement the season, we compiled a list of the hottest houseplants and how to care for them — whether your green thumb is highly practiced or practically nonexistent.


Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)

GENERAL: The fiddle leaf fig tree has reigned supreme for a long time, but believe it or not, there are other houseplants worth having. Many that are much easier to take care of, like the Bird of Paradise. These robust beauties are just as large and stately as a fiddle leaf fig, but they are much more resilient.

CARE: Spring is the perfect time to bring one home, because they need warmth and sunlight to thrive. However, they’ll hold up just fine when temperatures drop. To care for them, water once a week and fertilize in spring and fall. Perfect for beginning gardeners, these luscious leaves can bounce back even after months of neglect.

STYLING: Bird of Paradise plants add gorgeous greenery to any home, but we love them in modern boho spaces. Place them in a corner beside a chair or use them as a large statement piece.

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

GENERAL: Just like your mother-in-law, this sharp looking plant is lovable, but it’s also totally acceptable to ignore. What’s the best thing about this spiky botanical? Its air-purifying abilities. The Mother-in-Law is known to remove at least 107 pollutants from the air, and it produces tons of oxygen overnight.

CARE: This plant can go weeks without water and seems to thrive in nearly any climate, although it does appreciate direct sunlight and the occasional breeze.

STYLING: With its snakelike leaves, it looks great in all spaces and really adds a pop of color and texture to a minimal, white room. We love it as an accent piece at the end of a blank hallway. But put one of these in your bedroom, and you’ll be breathing clean all night long.

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Deliciosa)

GENERAL: Though this plant’s scientific name translates to “delicious monster,” don’t eat these leafy greens because they’re poisonous. But no worries, the Monstera Deliciosa, or the Swiss Cheese Plant (because their leaves look kind of like a slice of swiss) is perfectly suitable for the home — just keep away from children and pets.

CARE: They thrive in a bright sunny space, but don’t place them in direct sunlight, because their leaves can yellow. During the warmer months, you’ll need to water more frequently, but usually, this plant only requires average watering. Just wait until the soil has become dry to do so.

STYLING: This large, upright plant looks great placed in a bold floor pot. Use it as a room divider or set it against a wall as botanical art.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

GENERAL: Looking for something a little smaller and more manageable? The Peace Lily is our springtime pick. Its buttery white flowers and lustrous leaves are both pretty and low maintenance.

CARE: Place it in low sunlight and keep the soil moist at all times. Be sure not to overwater though, as the roots are susceptible to rot.

STYLING: Keep this peaceful plant on a bedside table or dresser and contrast the organic shape of its leaves by placing it in a modern, geometric-patterned pot.

Pothos (Epipremnum pictum)

GENERAL: The Pothos plant might just be our springtime savior (allergies, anyone?). Another air-purifying botanical, this one helps soothe congestion and eye irritation. But warning — all types can be poisonous to pets.

CARE: Always be sure you know what type of Pothos you’re getting. Those with solid green leaves do well in low light, yellow and green leaves like medium to low, and green and white leaves grow best in medium to high light. For all varieties, water well then allow half of the soil to dry before watering again.

STYLING: Our favorite places for these luscious leaves? Climbing around the kitchen or hanging out in the bathroom. When potted in a macrame hanging planter, they have a retro, 70’s vibe. In the bathroom, their trickling leaves make it feel like a tropical jungle.

Rubber Tree (Ficus robutsa)

GENERAL: Glossy green with a hint of burgundy, this fertile piece of foliage is pretty, but watch out because it can be toxic for pets to ingest.

CARE: Keep it in a bright space but avoid direct sunlight as the leaves can easily burn. Rubber trees need to be kept pretty moist in spring and summer (water at least once a week), but in winter you can bring watering down to twice a month.

STYLING: The rubber tree is perfect for adding contrast to a large, contemporary living room (the stems can grow tall so high ceilings are a plus). In the bedroom, draw attention to its lush leaves by placing it in a white pot where it steals the spotlight.

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