Proper Plant Placement And What To Consider

As a plant person, nothing makes me happier than having a new baby in the right space to tend. It is a no-fail thing for me because it doesn’t even matter whether I feel sad or happy, as long as there’s something new to add to my family of plants. It makes my day, always does. I guess that is because of the life these plants give us. To have these living things grow and turn green and vibrant, even in just a little corner space, is amazing. Having plants in our homes can also be life-changing. Having them inside can change the atmosphere, build the mood, and take the energy high up to some degree.

Once upon a time, I was also a newbie like most of you here. It took me a while to know how to take good care of plants and even find the perfect space for them. I’ve also made a lot of mistakes along the way, but nothing took place that frustrated me. If anything, it has trained me to be more patient and to persevere. I give credit to my early miscalculations as they led me to the right houseplants I now have in my space. I currently have at least 12, and here are my tips for beginners:

Finding the proper placement for plants is learning how to pick the right plant for a particular space. Having the right light, humidity, and length is also important to perfect its placement.


The first tip is to determine the type of light you want for your plant. For gardening to be successful, it is best to measure the space (include the angle in degree) and determine the light you have in a spot (and for how many hours a day).

Then your light meter will measure in a unit called footcandle (fc). For bright light, it will usually measure 400 to 800 fcs. Medium light measures between 250 to 400 fcs and low light is at 50 to 250 fcs.

For low light, usually found in heavily interior rooms or most rooms in winter, plants such as Ferns (like this Boston Fern) will work well with low light and allow the plant to have that degree of lushness. There are also other great low light plants such as Bamboo, Spider Plants, Peace Lily, Cast Iron Plants, and Pothos Vine.

Spaces with medium light happen to be the favorite lighting of most plants because they allow them to grow strong and not delicate. Plants that highly credit this lighting are Christmas Cactus, Elephant Ear/Alocasia, Flasa Aralia, and Grape Ivy (or other types of ivy).

On the other hand, bright lighted areas will be perfect for Cacti and other succulents, Agave, Myrtles, Asparagus Ferns, and Fig Trees.


The second tip to consider is the humidity in your chosen space. You must know the signs when your plant needs more water. Like when you notice your plant’s leaves are curling up, indicating the need for more water. However, in the case of succulents that don’t need much, be sure not to overwater them.


Lastly, consider making a good investment in pots. Ensure that you are using the right and appropriate pot for your plan, and get the ones that go with your interior design, too. It should have the right size for your chosen plant and has the drainage or right size of holes underneath to drain excess water out. Do make your investment count by also getting appropriate or matching saucers to catch the excess water.

After finding the right spot for your plant, feel free to move or rotate them around other areas, with conditions similar to the first spot you positioned it on.