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How to choose the perfect indoor plant

Buying a new plant can be daunting; you may like the look of a plant but quickly discover that it does not suit your lifestyle or space, so it might fail to thrive. This guide will help you choose the best plants for you and your space.

You can purchase live plants in-store or online via our Click and collect service.

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Indoor plants tips & tricks


In most cases, plants don’t need to be repotted within the first year.
So leave them as they are or put them in outer pots for extra color or style. Either way, a saucer is great because it helps drain excess water.

To figure out what plants will work in your space, consider your sunlight.
Our plant labels show whether a plant needs shade, indirect light or full sun. They also say if it can be indoors or outdoors and what temperature it likes.

How often you should water depends on the plants.
Our labels have drops as guides: 1) once a week or every second/third week, 2) once/twice a week—no standing water, or 3) two/three times a week—no dry soil. Self-watering pots can do the job, too. Tip: skip watering if soil sticks to your thumb.

Consider sun exposure and watering


Direct sunlight | Indirect sunlightWater moderately | Water sparingly

Sun exposure

Do you live in a bright home that gets plenty of sunlight? Or do you only see the sun for a couple of hours a day? Discover which plant might be right for you.

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Direct sunlight

These plants should be placed in a bright and sunny area where they will get the most sun exposure possible.

Indirect sunlight

These plants are looking for a light area without any excessive direct sunlight.

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Are you often home and ready to water regularly? Or do you often leave home for long periods of time, neglecting your house plants? Discover the kind of watering these plants need to thrive.

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Water moderately

These plants don't want too much water, but not too little either, somewhere in the middle is just right.

Water sparingly

These plants won't take it personally if you forget about them every so often.

Tools of the trade

Now that you have selected your perfect plants, it's time to pick up the perfect gardening tools and accessories.

Not ready to commit to the real thing?

Our artificial plants and flowers might not smell like the real thing, but they'll give your home a real boost - without the maintenance of real plants. They never wilt and stay fresh-looking year after year.

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