After the holidays, our decorations are taken down and the apartment seems to have gained square footage. It probably seems a little empty, but there are a few ways to add life back into your space. One of those ways is to add a houseplant. Whether you naturally have a green thumb or are a beginner, houseplants are easy to take care of and make a great addition to your home. Also, did you know that houseplants can help to filter the air in your home? Here are a few of the best houseplants to get you started.
Plants You Can’t Kill
If you’re a beginner and aren’t sure where to start, here are a few suggestions. These plants are easy to grow and can survive regardless of the irregular watering, bad lighting and changing temperatures. They’re perfect for small spaces like home offices or dorm rooms. Basically, you have to try really hard to kill these plants.
- Pothos Plant – One of the more popular houseplant choices, the pothos plant does very well in indoor temperatures. It can also thrive even if it’s only watered once a week. A form of the pothos plant is the pothos vine, which can be easily rooted in a small glass of water. However, it grows best in larger pots or trailing baskets. It needs minimal care, and the vine will grow aggressively.
- Spider Plant – With very low maintenance needed, the spider plant flourishes in natural light and does well with an irregular water schedule. To indicate when the plant needs water, it’ll start to droop.
- Aloe Plant – The aloe plant is easy to grow, and it’s useful. Prop the potted plant on a window sill to give it some light and water it every two to three weeks, and you’ll have a beautiful and helpful plant in no time. For the aloe plant, you can break open the leaves and use the gel inside to help heal burns and wounds.
- African Violet – The African violet plant adds a touch of color to any room. It survives and thrives in room temperature, and it fits perfectly on a side table, as a centerpiece of your coffee table or on a counter. Watering it once a week will be beneficial.
- Snake Plant – This plant is basically indestructible. It is also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, and it can survive in both higher and lower temperatures. It can also go weeks in high or low light. If you’re looking to add something green but can’t commit to dedicating a lot of time to taking care of the plant, the snake plant is perfect.
Plants That Will Help Your Health
You probably don’t pay attention – or you just don’t want to think about it – but there are toxins in the air all around us. There are several ways to make your home safer and healthier, including purchasing special air filters, ditching pesticides and using green cleaning products. Another way to cut down toxins that is both affordable and aesthetically pleasing is to add houseplants throughout. Start with these plants, and determine which one fits your home best.
- Peace Lily – One of the more popular houseplants, the peace lily is easy to grow and thrives in lower lighted areas. It is a pollution fighter and an air purifier. It helps in removing benzene and formaldehyde that is present in your house. There is little maintenance required to keep this plant healthy; just remember to heavily water it and keep it out of direct sunlight.
- Fig Tree – Fig trees can help reduce the amount of formaldehyde, which is emitted everywhere via plastic items, pressed wood furniture and carpeting. To keep your fig tree alive and thriving, keep it out of direct sunlight and cold drafts. Mist its leaves and remember to water it. For the best results, repot the tree every other year.
- Boston Fern – This houseplant acts as a natural humidifier. It grows best in filtered sunlight and humid conditions. The fern releases moisture into the air, which removes air pollutants and provides clean air inside of your home.
- Marginata – This beautiful red-edged plant removes formaldehyde and benzene from the air in your home, and it is also capable of filtering out toxins in the home. It is easy to maintain and adds a touch of color.
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