10 Easy To Care For House Plants
"Do you really need another plant?"
The answer will always be yes.
People have realised over the past 3 years that houseplants are an inexpensive, stylish and therapeutic way of bringing nature into their homes. In a time where we all lead such busy, urban lives, it’s such a lovely thing having your own mini jungle to return to and lose yourself in.
I’ve only recently hopped on the indoor plant bandwagon, but I’ve always been lucky enough to have a back garden that has been filled with flowers, bushes and…a palm tree…
We are living in a world where most things are lifeless and digital. The majority of us live within cities, drive cars, work jobs where we stare at a screen for 8 hours and then go home to continue the stare-off. It’s no surprise that when everything we touch is manmade we have sought after nature and living things.
A 2016 National Garden Survey concluded that of the 6 million people who had taken up gardening that year—both indoors and out—5 million were millennials.
Countless studies have shown that plants make us happier and healthier. Spending time near them lowers your blood pressure and heart rate, reduces mental fatigue, and aids concentration. Just the simple act of physically touching foliage calms us down and reduces mental fatigue, it’s even been discovered that phytoncides, airborne compounds released by trees and plants, can boost the human immune system. Check out the studies below.
If all that information hasn’t got you wanting to go and grow (or add to) your collection, maybe this post isn’t for you.
Here are 10 great starter plants for those looking at purchasing some greenery to add to your home.
For those of you who are houseplant newbies, the resilient spider plant is the perfect choice. It will quietly battle toxins including carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the printing and rubber industries. If you have pets, this is one of the few houseplants that is non-toxic to animals.
Pilea Peperomioides AKA Chinese Money Plant
Pilea Peperomioides is an easy to grow modern-looking houseplant. It is straightforward to care for and simple to propagate. Whether you're a newbie to houseplants or a seasoned expert, a Pilea peperomioides plant is sure to be a welcome addition to any indoor plant collection.
This tropical plant is proven to be an effective cleanser of formaldehyde and benzene, found in detergents and cosmetics.
Chinese evergreen enjoys low-lit and humid conditions, so it will thrive in your bathroom. If you choose to keep the plant somewhere else, remember to mist the leaves occasionally to prevent browning.
Tillandsia grows without dirt altogether. "Just dunk them in water for about two or three hours every 10 days or so," says Tovah Martin, expert gardener and author of The Indestructible Houseplant.
Their spiky leaves certainly look cool, and they'll really thrive on your desk or bedside table. Aloe loves indirect light, plus a good soak every week or two.
A bold and beautiful houseplant, Calathea looks good even without flowers. There are lots of varieties of Calathea, but one of the most common has luscious, dark green leaves that have scalloped edges and silver brushmarks on the top of the leaves. Underneath, the leaves are a lovely shade of burgundy purple.
Like many tropical indoor plants, Calathea prefers a spot with low to medium light and abundant humidity. If the air is too dry or the plant dries out too frequently, the leaf edges may turn brown and crispy
7. Rubber Plant
When it comes to rubber plant care, the correct balance of water and light is crucial, as with any plant. You can control the amount of light and water it gets, which is important because they shouldn’t have too much of either.
8. Sansevieria Plants
Sansevieria is a genus of about 70 species of flowering plants, native to Africa, Madagascar and southern Asia. Common names include mother-in-law's tongue, snake plant, and snake tongue.
According to a NASA Clean Air Study, along with other plants such as golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum) and corn plant (Dracaena fragrans), Sansevieria trifasciata is capable of purifying air by removing some toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
The pothos plant is considered by many to be a great way to get started caring for houseplants. These plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They do well in bright indirect light as well as low light and can be grown in dry soil or in vases of water.
10. Monstera Deliciosa
Monstera is a tropical plant from the Araceae family. Its name, as one might guess, comes from the Latin meaning “abnormal” because of its odd-looking, perforated leaves that are often punched through with holes.
Monstera needs lots of space: Put it in a statement-making spot in the living room, rather than in a tight corner or on a windowsill.
I hope this has inspired you to pick up a plant next time you come across one in a store and start your own mini jungle in your own home!