Bringing green home is possibly the best decision you can ever take. Don’t let your small space be an excuse for not getting plants at home. Growing indoor plants is easy and just as fun as having an outdoor garden. They not only help clean the environment around them, but also act as a quick decorating tool. Typically, indoor air is far more polluted than outdoor air. Surprising right? What is more surprising is that in the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. Just look at the power of green.
We have picked indoor houseplants that you can keep alive and thriving in your house without much hassle. Nothing is more beautiful than seeing a life grow with you, every single day.
Call it Pothos, Money Plant, Devil’s Ivy or Silver Vine, this plant is an absolute miracle. It has an air-purifying quality that can absorb and strip toxins like formaldehyde from materials in the home like carpet. It energizes the home by filtering air and increasing oxygen inflow. Pothos has trailing stems and works well in a hanging basket or as a climbing plant with some training onto whatever object you like that will support it. They are believed to bring good luck and prosperity into your home.
CARE: You can grow this popular houseplant indoors in either soil or water. It needs no extensive caring. Just do not overdo anything like sunlight, water or fertilizers. If you are growing your money plant in soil, give it a good drink once the roots have formed. After that, allow the soil to dry out before you water it again. Water it in about every ten days. Over watering will cause the roots to rot. Leaves turning yellow and curling up is a sign of excess watering. Normally, you do not need any fertilizer. This plant produces stems that trail eight feet or longer. Cut them back when they get too long and your plant will continue to look full and healthy.
2. Aloe Plant
The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties. Not only does it soothe skin burns and cuts, it can also help to monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the leaves will display brown spots.
CARE: Aloe Vera is not a difficult plant to care for. It does grow faster outdoors during warmer months, but it doesn’t mind a pot and does just fine in the house. You just need to keep a few basic things in mind. Indirect sunlight is best for its health as they can turn brown in harsh light. Also, they can freeze during the winter and should be protected from frost. When it comes to watering, an Aloe Vera plant is in greater danger of being over-watered than under-watered. This indoor house plant prefers dry soil, so avoid frequent watering for the best result.
3. English Ivy
This green plant helps in reducing airborne fecal-matter particles. It also filters out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products. It is incredibly easy to grow and is highly adaptable in nature. You can either hang it or use it as a floor plant.
CARE: It grows best with moist soil and four or more hours of direct sunlight each day. The plant needs bright light to look fresh and might attract pests if they do not receive enough light. Take special care while watering and let the soil dry for some time before watering it again. Ivy does not like standing water.
4. Spider Plant
These unusual-looking indoor plants add visual interest to a room. Spider plants come in a number of varieties, and work well as hanging plants. This plant has also made its way to the NASA list of best air-purifying plants. Spider plants are effective at fighting pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.
CARE: The plant is completely safe if you have pets. If you see the plant turning a little brown, do not worry. It is normal and it will get back to its green self soon! Make sure you use well-drained soil and do not make the soil soggy for a fresh-looking spider plant.
5. Bamboo Palm
Also known as the reed palm, this small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries. They bring color and warmth to the house. It tops the list of plants best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. This plant is also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde.
CARE: Growing palms indoors is relatively easy as long as you start with a healthy plant. Healthy palm plants have dark green leaves and an erect habit. Water the palm, using room temperature filtered water, when the soil surface feels dry. Water the plant until the soil is evenly moist. Do not over water the palm plant or leave it sitting in water.
6. Snake Plant
The plant is best suited for bathrooms since it filters out formaldehyde, which is commonly found in personal-care products. The plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night, as opposed to most plants, so, you can also place it in your bedroom. This plant is one of the easiest to grow and requires no extra attention. Going out of town and have no one to take care of your plant? No worries. Forgot to water it on time? Again, no problem. This plant can be neglected for weeks and will still give you long, fresh leaves.
CARE: The only thing to keep in mind is that they can easily rot, so they need to be planted in free-draining soil.
7. Jade Plant
For those who love the look of a succulent—not to mention the ease of care—a jade plant offers thick, lush leaves and visually interesting branches. It grows slowly and has the potential to live from your kids’ birth until their high school graduations— at least! It also looks great in a pretty pot when paired with other succulent varieties.
CARE: Jade plant does not require a lot of water, so keep soil somewhat dry. It prefers bright light and ordinary room temperatures.
8. Weeping Fig
This leafy plant helps against emissions from curtains, carpets and furniture. The weeping fig initially takes time to grow, but once it is in complete form, it can grow up to 10 feet.
CARE: One thing you should keep in mind is to not move this plant around too much — its leaves can shed easily. Place it in a bright, indirect light and let it stay there. Also, keep it away from direct cold or hot air from doorways as this also causes leaves to fall. It is a long-lasting plant, you can enjoy its beauty for many years.
9. Peace Lily
The beautiful Peace Lily plant is a wonderful low-maintenance flowering plant that you can get for your home. They reduce a number of toxins from your home like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
CARE: Shade and weekly watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. The peace lily is hardy, forgiving, and will even let you know when it is thirsty — look for the telltale droop.
10. Z(ee) Z(ee) Plant
The ZZ plant (pronounced as ZeeZee) is a distant relative to palm trees, but small enough to fit on a table. ZZ plant stems grow in a graceful, wand-like shape that starts thick and bulbous at the base and then tapers to a point. Along the stem are fleshy, oval-shaped leaves that make the plant look like stylized feathers. The entire plant has a waxy, shiny coating that makes it appear to resemble those made of plastic. It’s great at removing VOC’s, and is one plant that you have to try hard to kill, but I don’t recommend that. I only mean that it is easy to maintain and it will not die on you.
CARE: ZZ plants do best in bright to moderate, indirect light but will do fine in extremely low levels of light. This plant makes an ideal plant for a window-less office or bathroom where it will only receive small amounts of fluorescent light. they need less rather than more water. Water the plant only when the soil has dried out. The rare way you can kill this plant is to over water it.
So, which one are you getting?