It’s no secret here at Magnolia that we consider our boss to be the ultimate plant lady. It’s also no secret that Jo’s plant-loving genes have passed onto all of us—it seems like new plants are popping up every day around the office! Fresh greenery is such a simple way to bring a space to life, and Jo has always wanted to make her favorite houseplants more accessible, so that when you’re buying decor pieces from our online store, you can easily choose a houseplant to finish out your space.
That being said, we are excited to announce that houseplants have launched online! This selection of plants was specifically curated by Jo, featuring ones that she uses most frequently in her home and at Magnolia’s headquarters. The best part of this whole thing? They’ll be shipped straight to your door. (Not to mention, they all ship free!)
HOUSEPLANT CARE GUIDE
There are endless types of houseplants to choose from, but today we’re sharing with you Jo’s easy-to-care-for favorites—all of which you can easily purchase online.
Before we get into it, here are a few helpful things to consider when it comes to shopping for houseplants:
1. Look around your house, and determine what real estate you have available and how much light each of those spaces receives on a daily basis.
2. When selecting a houseplant, determine the plant’s light needs to ensure you have a good place where it can thrive.
The beloved fiddle leaf fig is sure to make a statement anywhere you place it. If you’re tight on space, opt for the plant rather than the tree—both showcase a great shape!
Prefers bright, indirect light. We recommend a north-facing window.
Once the top inch of your soil is dry, it’s time to water your fiddle. Thoroughly water your plant, but make sure there is proper draining so that it’s not sitting in water.
Large, leafy plants have the ability to gather dust in a hurry. Use a damp cloth or paper towel to wipe off any dust or residue as it gathers on the leaves.
This low maintenance beauty will develop clusters of pink flowers with crimson centers as it matures.
Does best by a window with full sun, getting bright, indirect light.
It’s time to water your plant when the soil is completely dry.
Since a Hoya’s stems will cascade, plant stands (like the one pictured) are great investments to help them grow.
The visual simplicity of an Olive Tree is what makes it one of Jo’s favorites. These trees love sun and are sensitive—so try not to move it around too much after you’ve found a good spot.
Prefers full sun—a sunny, south-facing window is best.
Once weekly—although this plant does best in a warm dry climate, it needs regular watering to thrive and grow.
Native to the Mediterranean, this plant thrives in a warm, dry climate and will reach maturity in just 10-12 months.
A tropical, big-leafed beauty that is sometimes referred to as the swiss cheese plant.
Bright light in summer, direct light in winter.
This plant likes to dry out between waterings, so you only need to water about once a week. A good place to put this plant is in a bathroom by a window, as it prefers a fairly humid environment.
Monstera plants like to grow big (and fast), so give them plenty of space!
Snake plants are a part of the succulent family, which are known to be easy to care for. For example, during the winter season, you only have to water them about once a month.
Likes bright, indirect light but can tolerate low light.
Water every 2-4 weeks, depending on temperature and light levels. Make sure the soil is well-drained and dries out between waterings.
When potting, use cactus potting mix or soilless potting mix.
A bright tropical, hanging succulent that has banana-shaped leaves—a great plant if you’re going for a more modern look.
Like bright indirect light but can tolerate low light. Can be placed close to a window or across the room facing a window.
When the soil is almost dry, it’s time to water—for this plant it's better to water too little than too much. Water once or twice a week in the spring and summer and once a month in the winter.
Fast-growing and low-maintenance, this plant showcases a dramatic, cascading effect.
Prefers full sun to part shade.
Does best with occasional watering, about every other week. If the top two inches of soil feel dry to the touch, it’s time to water.
This plant is great in a controlled vessel, like an indoor planter, but it can become invasive in the garden.
We love to put plants in baskets, as you’ll see in a few of our pictures. We recommend putting a plastic tray below your plant’s container at the bottom of the basket. That way you don’t have to remove it from the basket to water.
If there’s one thing that Jo has taught us when it comes to successfully caring for our plants, it's this: Plants love consistency. You may have to adjust the watering frequency according to your growing conditions, but otherwise, try to stick to a rhythm. When you keep your plants on a regimented water schedule and keep them placed in their suggested location for light (instead of moving around), it helps them thrive!
Please keep in mind that some plants are toxic to humans and animals to ingest. Practice caution if placing a houseplant within reach of a child or pet.
If you need help identifying your plant or even how to take care of it, ask an employee at your local garden center. For specific potting tips, click here. Some garden centers even have potting stations so your plant is ready to sit pretty as soon as you get home.
Greenhouse Shoot Location: Bonnie’s Greenhouse in Waco, Texas.