5 Plants That Are Good for Your HomeJuly 5, 2018
Thinking about livening up your home with some blooming beauties? Houseplants offer more than just a botanical refuge in your home. The benefits are numerous—houseplants help purify the air and remove toxins, boost your mood, and improve concentration and stress. They can also alleviate loneliness by offering a sense of accomplishment and pride in caring for them. Not sure where to begin? We have a few suggestions for plants that are both good for the home and easy to care for, even for beginners.
The peace lily is a favorite among seasoned green thumb planters and those who are just venturing into the world of indoor growing. Not only are they beautiful, peace lilies are also good for their air in you home, earning publicity recently for being named one of NASA’s top ten household air cleaning plants. They are adaptable to different environments and are low maintenance, making caring for them easy. They show you when they need water—the leaves sag slightly—but they will generally need to be watered at least once a week. They do best with partial sun and an indoor temperature of 65-85 degrees, making them ideal indoor plants. While peace lilies are beautiful, remember to keep them out of reach of pets and children, as the plants can be dangerous if ingested in large amounts.
Bamboo palm plants add a bright, tropical vibe to any room in your home. Their easy care routine makes them a great addition to your indoor plant collection. Requiring very little light, from part sun to full shade, these plants can grow from 4 to 12 feet at full maturity. They keep the air in your home fresh and healthy by purifying it. It’s relatively low-key, needing about 1-3 waterings per week.
Want a plant that will add life to your desk at work or at home? Consider the spider plant, which adds a touch of brightness to any small area. It’s one of the most adaptable plants, making it a good choice for anyone. These hardy plants require little to moderate amounts of light, so they do best near a window that is not in direct sunlight. If you notice the tips of the leaves browning, don’t fret—water them with distilled water or rainwater to flush out excess fluoride from tap water.
Pothos is a vining plant that adds a unique look to your home. They are suitable for many levels of lighting, including low light homes. In fact, too much sun can cause the leaves to turn pale. Though all of the plants we’ve mentioned are easy to care for, pothos is especially simple. You can plant them in soil, or not. They can easily be divided to produce more plants. One important note: if ingested in large amounts, pothos can cause vomiting, so be mindful of this if you have pets or small children.
Revered for hundreds of years for its healing properties, the aloe plant is another great addition for your indoor home garden. Aloe plants need light, but direct sunlight might burn them, so near a window is ideal. They need very little water—aloe plants kept indoors will likely need to be watered only once a month. Aloe does best with succulent soil mix. They flower from late winter into spring, producing gorgeous yellow flowers. Best yet, the leaves are full of healing gel that will soothe burns and cuts.
Ready to get started on your indoor plant garden? Check out our selection of homes that would make the perfect display for your greenery.