What Your Houseplants Say About You

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That green thumb of yours says a whole lot more than just "I'm good with plants." The potted companions you pick can actually hold the secrets to your personality! Are you a carefree spirit? A private type? Let's read the leaves...

Bromeliad

Why We Love Them: Bromeliads are tough plants with a big personality. Lasting longer than most flowering plants, these relatives of the pineapple are known for their tolerance of a wide range of temperatures.

The Care: Bromeliads only need to be watered monthly or bimonthly, depending on the season. They like bright light, but no direct hot sun. As epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants and not in soil), Bromeliads should be planted in a shallow pot with either orchid mix, a blend of bark, moss, or other organic matter where the roots won’t sit in water and rot.

What it Says About You: You're flexible and calm, but stand out with your unique personality. You don't need a lot of attention, but you enjoy being recognized for your beauty and charisma.

Succulents

Why We Love Them: Succulents give off a tough-guy vibe with their waxy surfaces and cactus spines. But don’t be fooled: these plants are way more easygoing than they let on! Plus they're flexible — you'll find them in an array of colors, shapes, sizes and textures.

The Care: Succulents love light! Employ the soak-and-dry method for watering: Water them so their roots are soaked, then let them completely dry before watering again.

What it Says About You: You're edgy, independent and sometimes a little prickly. You like to travel, and don’t have to worry about your succulent dying while you’re off seeing the world.

Spider Plant

Why We Love Them: Spider plants grow into their space quickly and are delightfully adaptable to different temperatures and environments.

The Care: These beauties thrive in moderate, indirect sunlight and average humidity. Water 'em occasionally and don’t let the soil dry out in between.

What it Says About You: You're sociable, easygoing and low-maintenance. You thrive in a room full of people and can hang with anyone.

Dracaena

Why We Love Them: These hard-to-kill houseplants actually help purify our air!

The Care: These like low light, either filtered indoor light or a semi-shaded spot. Water them — but not too much — only when the soil is dry on top. Mist the leaves and soil with purified water because Dracaena are very sensitive to the fluoride commonly found in tap water. Fluoride will turn the plant brown and yellow, eventually killing it.

What it Says About You: You live a simple life and enjoy the basic pleasures of this world. You don’t need much, and friends look to you for rational advice and a fresh outlook.

Air Plant

Why We Love Them: A plant that doesn’t need soil opens a whole new world for decorating and design.

The Care: Treat your air plants to bright, filtered air and a little bit of moisture, either through misting or occasional soaking.

What it Says About You: You're free-spirited and don’t stay in one place for very long. Some might say your head is in the clouds, but you’re just going with the flow.

The Plant: Orchids

Why We Love Them: They're graceful, exotic and add elegant style to any room.

The Care: Orchids should be planted in shallow soil. They prefer bright-but-indirect light, and they thrive in humid conditions. They also need regular fertilizing, and can easily be watered with a few ice cubes.

What it Says About You: You're patient and intuitive. The people around you really appreciate your ability to listen and your grace in social situations.

Weeping Fig

Why We Love Them: Weeping figs keep their tree shape regardless of their size, and they let you know when they’re stressed by dropping their leaves

The Care: Treat your figs right with indirect or filtered light. They don't like low temperatures and should be kept in rooms that stay above 60 degrees F.

What it Says About You: You're shamelessly you, and never change based on what others think. You wear your emotions on your sleeve and whether you feel happy, sad or angry, everybody knows it.

Snake Plant

Why We Love Them: They're striking and easy to care for. Plus Snake Plants naturally detoxify the air and are commonly used in Feng Shui to fill rooms with positive energy.

The Care: Snake plants are prone to rot, so they need free-draining soil. While they can put up with a variety of light conditions, they're happiest in indirect light. Only water your snake plant when the soil is completely dry.

What it Says About You: You’re an introvert at heart — the less attention people give you, the better. But anyone who knows you well knows how creative and strong you really are.

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