As excited as we are to get back to normal life, we hope one aspect that remains after the pandemic is the idea of incorporating our travels into our homes. A creative way to do this is by adding houseplants from around the world—perhaps from some of your favorite destinations—into your décor. If you didn’t already jump on the houseplant trend during quarantine, we’ve gathered five ideas for houseplants to get you started.
Monstera deliciosa — Colombia
This fun plant is easy to spot with its heart-shaped leaves and slits. First discovered in the late 1600s, it’s found from Mexico all the way through most of South America. But when we see it, we think of the lush rainforests and jungles of Colombia. A monstera prefers bright, indirect light but can grow even in dim light. Allow it to dry out 75% before watering it again.
Snake plant — South Africa
This easy-to-care-for plant is known for improving the air quality in a home by its ability to absorb excess amounts of carbon monoxide, and can trace its roots trace back to South Africa. A snake plant can thrive in just about any amount of light, and only needs to be watered once a week—it’s also conveniently forgiving when you over- or under-water it.
Sword fern — Pacific Northwest
This soothing green plant, also called a Boston fern, evokes imagery of our favorite Pacific Northwest rainforests, from Portland to Seattle. As long as you keep a source of humidity near it, a sword fern will be perfectly happy indoors. The plant tolerates both bright and medium light, as long as you ensure that the soil never fully dries out between waterings.
Ponytail palm — Mexico
This plant actually isn’t a true “palm” at all—in fact, it’s a succulent native to sun-drenched Mexico. (It’s also sometimes called an elephant foot tree due to the distinct shape and gray color of its trunk.) But the ponytail palm is also one of the most beloved and easy to care for houseplants. Place it in bright, but not direct, light and let the top 2 or 3 inches of soil dry out before watering.
Bonsai tree — Japan and China
Though the bonsai tree is typically associated with Japan, its origins actually date back over 2,000 years to China—the Japanese adapted the art form into their own culture about 700 years ago. Today, it’s a notoriously difficult plant to cultivate, but if you can master what it needs, this miniature tree will help make your home a little more zen. Its care tips are specific to the actual type of tree it is, but a catch-all tip is to water when the soil is slightly dry and be sure to soak the tree’s roots thoroughly.