Four Things to Consider Before Buying a Mood-Enhancing Houseplant

There comes a time every winter when the lack of green scenery takes a toll on my mood. I find myself in a blue-hazed daze, and then it dawns on me: what better way to enhance my mood than a new houseplant? Before heading to the verdant isles of your local home goods store to breathe life back into your home, however, keep these four things in mind:

Everyone’s an individual

Perhaps your granny had an unkillable pothos that lived in the dark recesses of her living room. That’s great, but not all plants thrive in the same conditions! Make sure to consider the specific needs of each potential plant purchase: environment, cutting and repotting. Some plants self-manage their root systems and prefer a cozy fit; some need a bit more freedom and room to grow. Be prepared for the work (or lack thereof) for your new plant before you try to make it fit where it might not belong!

Access to sun

Just as you seek the meek sun rays of winter, so will your plant. Though many go through a period of dormancy when sunshine diminishes and temperatures drop, most still need access to sunlight. If the seasonal patterns of sunshine change in your abode, you may need to move your plants to ensure they’re still receiving access to the light they need. If this isn’t an option, choose a plant that doesn’t need much sun.

Four Things to Consider Before Buying a Mood-Enhancing Houseplant

Temperature needs

Those tender green leaves seek the sun, but are also susceptible to temperature variation! Perhaps you moved your plant baby closer to the window to offer a bit more light, but may have accidentally left it defenseless against the cold in the process. There is an art to finding the perfect distance ratio of light to warmth, so purchase a plant that will be comfortable in your home.

Water and nourishment

Some plants absorb water through their leaves and need slight misting from time to time, whereas some like wet feet and some prefer arid air. Take note on the specifics of your plants’ drinking habits and accommodate with care, and be honest with yourself about your ability to maintain its feeding schedule. Feeding rituals tend to be a spring and summer affair, but your friend might need slight amounts of nourishment through those dormant months. Just remember, moderation is key to happy greenery!


Amy Lyons

Amy Lyons was born in the massive and mostly wild state of Idaho. After a short stint in the DC area, she returned to Idaho to graduate from Boise State University with a Creative Writing degree. Amy has worked in sustainability, believes in equitable clean energy, and is an environmental advocate seeking to protect, observe, and enjoy as much of the planet and her wonders as she can. She once managed a large scale worm composting operation for a time, and is also known as a Worm Wrangler Extraordinaire. If she isn't at her writing desk, growing things in her garden, stuffing her face with delicious food, or playing with her dogs, Amy is lost in the wilderness seeking adventure. She is currently snowed in for the winter and care taking a backcountry lodge in the heart of the Boise National Forest. You can follow her current adventure at