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Selecting and purchasing a healthy plant right from the beginning is important.
For more on selecting houseplants:
One of the greatest limiting factors in selecting indoor plants is the amount of light the plant receives in its indoor environment. This point is further exemplified by most indoor plant selection guides, which categorize indoor plants by light. Of course, plant needs such as water, humidity, nutrients, and space all affect the quality of the indoor plant, but those factors are usually much easier to modify in a home or building than placement of windows, skylights, or doors.
Find out what defines a low-, medium-, or high-light indoor plant see:
Aside from choosing indoor plants by light preference, homeowners often choose plants for decorative qualities, whether the plant is toxic to children or pets, and even the ability to improve air quality.
The following plant selector and references can help you find plants that match specific light conditions, cultural needs, and decorative qualities:
Indoor Plant Selector
The following are lists of indoor plants that are suitable to indoor conditions:
The Toxicity of Common Houseplants, the first resource below, recommends that homes with children contain only nontoxic plants indoors. Use the following guides to eliminate certain indoor plants if access by children or pets may be a concern.
Could it be too good to be true? Some indoor plants have been proven to improve indoor air quality. Check out the following Web link: