Let’s face it, while flowers are our favorite way to invigorate a space, remembering to care for them can slip our minds. From replenishing soil to getting enough sun, flowers can vary dramatically. Not to mention the most important ingredient for a plant’s health: water. Who hasn’t taken a long vacation, or simply got caught up in the day-to-day, only to discover your beloved houseplant has gone without water for too long?

Next time you’re wondering what bloom to add to your home, take into consideration the amount of time you’re willing to spend watering it. Better yet, use our guide below on water requirements for 231 popular indoor plants. Don’t forget to read on for important tips on soil, sunlight and other considerations that also impact the lifespan of your plant.


Planning your indoor oasis

While water is an important ingredient for a healthy plant, following each flower’s specific needs will ensure it’s thriving in your space. Other considerations, in addition to watering frequency, include:

Soil type
Think about it: a drought tolerant succulent and a moisture loving fern can’t survive in the same pot together. Some soils are meant for effective draining while others retain moisture, which could greatly impact how frequently you’re watering your plants. Soils come in many different varieties, so read your plant’s care instructions on what they work best in.

The ying to water’s yang, sunlight plays an integral role in the health of your flowers. Before you place a flower in your home or plant one in your yard, make sure it’s somewhere with enough sunlight it can handle. In addition to sunlight, keep in mind light intensity. If the spot in your home gets bright light throughout the day, the plant will transpire more and therefore require more frequent watering.

Container size
For indoor plants, it’s hard to not want to follow the latest trends in home decor. But make sure the container you’re purchasing is the appropriate size for your plant’s root. A container too small could require more frequent watering. In addition, making sure there is proper drainage will prevent root rot.

Plant size
It may seem obvious, but the larger the plant, the more water it will need in order to grow to its fullest potential!

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