We want you to easily understand how we came up with our selections. Our testing categories included ease of care, maintenance, and size. We’ve explained our criteria for each category below:
Ease of Care: When we tested this category, we looked at what needed to happen on a daily basis to keep the plants looking great. This includes how often the plants need to be watered, what type of sunlight they need, and even the ideal pot size. House plants shouldn’t require a lot of daily care, so this played a major factor in our results.
Maintenance: The maintenance category is focused more on long-term care. Plants that needed a lot of pruning or re-potting didn’t receive as high of a score for this category. We also don’t want house plants that lose leaves frequently or constantly need to have their soil changed, since it can end up being messy in the home.
Size: The size of house plants is tricky, but we believed it was worth it to evaluate this category closely. Some people want house plants to put on their window sill, while others may want a larger plant to put in the corner of a room. Many plants start out small, but can be transplanted to grow larger over time. The size when purchased, compared to the size it could potentially grow to, were both part of our scoring equation.