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How to get started with indoor plants

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

Artificial green potted plants used to create wall décor in open storage boxes.
Artificial green potted plants used to create wall décor in open storage boxes.

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 bulbs.

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.

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.

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 square plant panels make it easy to grow a vertical garden.

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.

Made by
Interior designer: Nathalie Kamkum
Photographer: Andrea Papini
Writer: Marissa Frayer