Dear plantitas and plantitos, here is a fun quiz, totally scientific, to help you decide what plant to get if you are keen on hopping in on the current plant craze. The result will lead you to an easy-care, beginner-friendly, altogether wonderful plant that matches your personality and style. It is only a rough guide but the chances are high that the plant you get will thrive in your home and totally love you because your needs are the same. Enjoy!
1. Your typical Wednesday evening involves:
a. meeting a friend for dinner
b. overtime at work or studying for an exam
c. binge watching your favorite Netflix series
d. walking your dog
2. You have made plans with your friends to go out this weekend. It is now Friday night and you:
a. have picked your matching clothes and shoes
b. have made all the reservations
c. are thinking of cancelling or rescheduling
d. have double-downed on errands to make sure you are free tomorrow
3. Your house or room can be described as:
a. colorful, quirky, and arsty
b. minimalist, elegant, and modern
c. fun, relaxed, and and little messy
d. comfortable, cozy, and clean
4. Your friends complement you for:
a. your ability to strike up a conversation with anyone
b. your travel experiences and crazy adventures
c. your generosity and thoughtfulness
d. your excellent cooking skills
5. You want plants in your home to:
a. bring a splash of color to the space
b. add height and structure elements
c. soften edges
d. lend a nice scent or as an edible
Colorful, bright, and sexy, aglaonemas are easy-care, beginner-friendly plants. Also known as Chinese evergreens, they have stunning leaves with interesting variegations – dots, speckle, stripes, and lines – that will certainly be a show-stopper in any home.
Aglaonemas require bright, indirect light to maintain its vivid color, but they will tolerate low-light conditions. Water only when the soil is dry. My favorite varities include sprakling sarah, red siam, and fox aglaonema.
Stately and structural, snake plants are perfect for you if you do not have lots of time to devout to plants but really want to have some in your home. It is pretty much a set-it-and-forget-it situation. Snake plants need very little watering or sunlight and can tolerate neglect – not that it is recommended, but just in case you are busy, these plants will suit your lifestyle.
You can water them every two weeks and place anywhere in your house. They come in all sizes, too. The taller snake plants are laurentii, zylanica, and cylindrica while bird’s nest varieties stay small and compact. I am currently obsessed with the mikado, because hello, it is named mika-do!
Fun, quirky, and incredibly forgiving, pothos is a lovely trailing plant. It grows very fast and is super easy to propagate. Be careful because they will take over your house in the best possible way.
Place them on top of tables, let them cascade down your stairs, or encourage them to climb your balcony for an extra touch of softness and friendliness to your home. Pothos can be grown in soil or water and is not fussy with light at all. Stunning varieties include marble queen, neon, and jade pothos.
Basil and other herbs
No domestic life is complete without your own herb garden in the kitchen. Basil is an excellent starter because it grows fast, smells spectacularly nice, and is super tasty.
Just place a pot by your window sill or keep some in water. You can even propagate the basil you bought from the grocery store this way. Think about it: endless basil tea. How can anyone say no to that? Other easy-care herbs are mint, thyme, and rosemary.
Which houseplant did you get and how do you feel about your result? Tell us in the comments below and share this quiz with a fellow plant lover!