The 7 Best Houseplants to Use in Home Staging (and Where to Put Them)

The 7 Best Houseplants to Use in Home Staging and Where to Put Them

If you’re staging your home to sell, your real estate agent may suggest that you use live plants in some (or all) your rooms. This guide explains the seven best indoor plants to use in home staging, as well as where to put them.

The 7 Best Houseplants to Use in Home Staging (and Where to Put Them)

The seven best houseplants to use in home staging are:

  • Dracaena marginata
  • Peace lily
  • Boston fern
  • Spider plant
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Philodendron
  • Pothos

Scroll down for a closer look at each.

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    Plant #1 to Use in Home Staging: Dracaena Marginata

    Dracaena marginata is native to Madagascar. Also known as the dragon tree, it’s an evergreen with narrow, strap-like leaves that are often variegated with red or yellow. When used in home staging, dracaena marginata adds a touch of the tropics.

    Where to Put Dracaena Marginata

    This plant does best in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light. Avoid placing it in direct sun, which can scorch the leaves.

    Best rooms: Kitchen, living room

    Watering Needs: Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering.

    Size: Can grow up to 15 feet tall but is often sold in a smaller size.

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    Plant #2 to Use in Home Staging: Peace Lily

    The peace lily is a tropical plant that’s native to South America. It has dark green leaves and white flowers that bloom in the summer. When used in home staging, peace lilies add a touch of elegance.

    Where to Put Peace Lilies

    Peace lilies do best in low to bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light. Avoid placing them in direct sun, which can scorch the leaves.

    Best rooms: Living room, dining room

    Watering Needs: Allow the soil to dry out between watering.

    Size: Can grow up to 3 feet tall but is often sold in a smaller size.

    Plant #3 to Use in Home Staging: Boston Fern

    Boston ferns are native to the eastern United States. They have long, green leaves that often droop over the edge of their pot. They really add a touch of the outdoors, which people find welcoming when they’re touring homes for sale in Tampa.

    Where to Put Boston Ferns

    Boston ferns do best in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light. Avoid placing them in direct sun, which can scorch the leaves. It’s also possible to put this plant in one room for showings and move it back to its normal location when you’re at home.

    Best rooms: Living room, enclosed patios

    Watering Needs: Allow the soil to dry out between watering.

    Size: Can grow up to 3 feet tall but is often sold in a smaller size.

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    Plant #4 to Use in Home Staging: Spider Plant

    Spider plants are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the world. They have long, green leaves that are often variegated with white or light green. When used in home staging, spider plants add a touch of greenery without being too overwhelming.

    Where to Put Spider Plants

    Spider plants do best in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light. Direct sun can scorch their leaves, so it’s best to keep them away from super-bright windows.

    Best rooms: Kitchens, bathrooms

    Watering Needs: Allow the soil to dry out between watering.

    Size: Can grow up to 2 feet tall but is often sold in a smaller size.

    Plant #5 to Use in Home Staging: Chinese Evergreen

    Chinese evergreens are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia. They have dark green leaves that are often variegated with white, yellow, or light green. They’re great for staging because they’re beautiful (and pretty easy to care for). Caution, though: They’re poisonous to dogs and cats.

    Where to Put Chinese Evergreens

    Chinese evergreens do best in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light. Avoid placing them in direct sun, which can scorch the leaves.

    Best rooms: Kitchens, bathrooms

    Watering Needs: Allow the soil to dry out between watering.

    Size: Can grow up to 6 feet tall but is often sold in a smaller size.

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    Plant #6 to Use in Home Staging: Philodendron

    Philodendrons are native to the tropical Americas. They have long, green leaves that are often variegated with white or light green. They’re a popular choice for home staging because they’re easy to care for and add a touch of color.

    Where to Put Philodendrons

    Philodendrons do best in bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light. In nature, they grow in the shade of bigger plants and trees – so they’re used to dappled light. It’s best to put them by a window that gets bright but indirect light from the sun.

    Best rooms: Enclosed patios, entryways, bedrooms

    Watering Needs: Allow the soil to dry out between watering.

    Size: Can grow up to 6 feet tall but is often sold in a smaller size.

    Plant #7 to Use in Home Staging: Pothos

    Pothos are native to the Solomon Islands. They have long, green leaves that are often variegated with white or light green. They’re a popular choice for home staging because they’re easy to care for and add a touch of greenery.

    Where to Put Pothos

    Pothos do best in bright, indirect light. If they’re in low-light situations, they’ll grow slower – but they’ll be fine because they can adapt.

    Best rooms: Bathrooms, enclosed patios, bedrooms

    Watering Needs: Allow the soil to dry out between watering.

    Size: Can grow up to 6 feet tall but is often sold in a smaller size.

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