Aluminum Plant

Pilea cadierei

Size: Small, up to 12″.

Light: Bright, filtered light. Tolerates lower light, but will lose variegation if light level is too low.

Water: Keep soil lightly moist while actively growing. Slightly drier in winter. Over-watering will cause leaves to wilt or fall.

Humidity: Moderate to high humidity. Loves to be misted.

Great pick for a terrarium.

African Violets


Size: Small, up to 6″ tall.

Light: Medium to high light, but summer sun will scorch the leaves. Needs bright light for blooms.

Water: Keep soil moist, but not soggy. Performs best from bottom watering.

Humidity: Moderate to high humidity. Set plant on tray of wet pebbles to raise humidity, does not like to be misted.

Can bloom all year. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooming.

Boston Fern

Nephrolepsis exaltata

Size: Small to medium typically 1-3′ tall.

Light: Moderate to bright light, but no direct sun. Benefits from occasional turning.

Water: Keep soil evenly moist but not soggy. Potting medium tend to dry out quickly with Boston ferns.

Humidity: Prefers high humidity. Mist regularly.

Great selection for a hanging pot.

Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera bridgesii

Size: Medium, up to 2′ tall.

Light: Bright, indirect light. Tolerates lower light but flower buds may drop or never form if too low.

Water: Keep soil moist, but not soggy while actively growing. Water sparingly in the winter.

Humidity: Average household humidity. Place on a tray of wet pebbles to raise humidity if needs be.

Prefers to be slightly pot-bound and blooms better this way.

Cut-Leaf Philodendron

Monstera deliciosa

Size: Large, up to 10′ tall.

Light: Medium to high light, but no direct sun. Increase light to encourage slits in mature leaves.

Water: Allow top 1″ of soil to dry out before watering. Keep soil barely moist in winter. Yellowing is typically a sign of over-watering.

Humidity: Average to high humidity.

Lush, dramatic specimen pick.

Dragon Tree

Dracaena marginata

Size: Large, up to 6′ tall

Light: Grows in medium to high light. Avoid direct sun. Appreciate being turned to expose all sides to light.

Water: Keep slightly moist during growing season. Slightly drier in winter months. Root rots easily from over-watering.

Humidity: Average household humidity.

Very adaptable plant, just do not over-water.

Dumb Cane

Dieffenbachia x

Size: Medium to large, 1-6′ tall.

Light: Grows in medium to bright light. Leaf variegation can fade if light is too low.

Water: Allow soil to dry our a bit before watering. Leaves droop when it needs water.

Humidity: Prefers high humidity but will tolerate basic household humidity.

Older leaves may turn yellow and drop. This is normal.

Flamingo Flower

Anthurium andraeanum

Size: Medium, up to 18″

Light: Grows in medium to high light. Encourage more blooms with brighter light, but not direct sunlight.

Water: Keep evenly moist while actively growing, slightly drier in the winter. Over-watering causes yellowing.

Humidity: Prefers high humidity. Brown leaf tips are a sign the air is too dry.

Keep those leaves nice and glossy by wiping them with a damp cloth.

Janet Craig Dracaena

Dracaena  dermensis

Size: Large, up to 10′.

Light: Grows in medium to bright light, but not direct sunlight. Pale leaves can indicate light is too low.

Water: Allow top inch of soil to dry out before watering. Does not tolerate soggy soil.

Humidity: Will tolerate basic household humidity.

Often mistaken for Dracaena compacta, which only grows to 2′, be sure to check cultivar.

Nerve Plant

Fittonia verschaffeltii

Size: Small, up to 6″.

Light: Grows in low to medium light. Avoid direct sun. Can be grown under fluorescent light.

Water: Keep soil constantly moist, but never soggy. Plant into well draining soil 

Humidity: Needs high humidity, leaves will shrivel if air is too dry. 

Great selection for a terrarium.


Peperomia caperata

Size: Small, up to 8″

Light: Grows in low to bright light, but not direct sun. Thrives under grow lights.

Water: Allow top inch of soil to dry out before watering. Keep soil barely moist, less in winter.

Humidity: Tolerate basic household to high humidity.

Great selection for an office plant or terrarium.

Polka Dot Plant

Hypoestes phyllostachya

Size: Keep around 10″ by pinching to avoid it getting leggy.

Light: Grows in medium to bright, indirect light. Leaf variegation will fade in low light.

Water: Keep evenly moist, slightly drier in winter.

Humidity: Likes moist air, prefers high humidity.

Pinch flower spikes to keep foliage lush and full.

Umbrella Plant

Schefflera actinophylla

Size: Large, up to 6′ tall.

Light: Grows well in medium light but will grow faster and produce more foliage in bright, indirect light.

Water: Allow top inch of soil to dry out before watering. Drooping leaves indicate the soil is too dry.

Humidity: Tolerate basic household humidity. 

Easy care plant, but does not respond well to moved