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Get your living room started with indoor plants

Houseplants can make a home feel more peaceful and alive. They add colours and textures, too. Get growing with our tips about the basics and plants that’ll always survive.

Various green plants in plants pots of different sizes in front of a window with net curtains.
Various green plants in plants pots of different sizes in front of a window with net curtains.

Some plants need more light

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. No light? Try LED cultivation lights.

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Plants live best in the right pot

In general, 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. Regardless, a saucer is a plus because it helps drain excess water.

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Two green plants in front of a brightly lit window, with an INGEFÄRA plant pot.
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Careful not to over water your plants

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.

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A green plant in a plant pot on a table surface being watered by a person holding a metal watering can.
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Artificial plants look real but need no care

If you want guaranteed green, fake it. Artificial plants always look fresh and never die. So you can get creative and go all-in for a big natural impression. Open wall cabinets and plants make it easy to grow a vertical garden.

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A living room with FEJKA artificial potted plant fern in plastic, above a sofa on a wall with fake plants.
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We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.