Looking to add a touch of green to your home decor? Adding indoor plants to your home has multiple benefits – they purify the air and embellish our homes by simply adding on to the aesthetic value of the space. However, it is important to pick the right kind of plants – ones that can thrive indoors and grow well with basic care and watering.
Here’s a list of low-maintenance indoor plants you can choose from:
- Areca Palm
This leafy plant can be grown anywhere in the house in indirect sunlight. Make sure it is not exposed to direct sunlight, or the leaves will turn yellow. The plant can grow as high as 30 feet outdoors, but it is restricted to about seven feet at indoor locations. Put it in a small container and the crowded roots will help in limiting the size of the plant. The plant is useful in filtering xylene and toluene from the air. It also works effectively as an effective humidifier. Water enough to keep the soil moist and let it dry a little between waterings in winter.
2. Aloe Vera
This very useful plant clears formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a by-product of chemical-based cleaners, paints, and other toxins. Also, it is a widely known fact that aloe vera can be used to achieve a great complexion. Aloe plants like to be dry and warm, not wet, and cold, so water only when you see that the soil in the pot is dry. The best spot to keep this plant is a sunny window. Aloe in full shade will not thrive. Also, if you have just repotted the plant, do not water it for two to three days — wait for the roots to settle.
3. Indian Basil
Commonly known as Tulsi, growing this plant is a no-brainer. Seen thriving even after little-to-no maintenance, this plant has several medicinal properties. In addition, it helps in purifying the air and improves air quality. It can be planted in a simple pot. It requires regular sunlight, so the best place to keep this plant would be a sunny window. All you need to do is water it regularly (but be sure not to over-water) and watch it thrive.
This plant does not require direct sunlight and can grow up to 12 feet in height, so make sure it is planted at a spot that allows enough space to grow. Also, you can control its height by pruning. New leaves will sprout below the cut in a few weeks. Keep its soil moist but not soggy. Yellow leaves in the plant are a sign of over-watering or poor drainage. You can place it near a sheer curtain or a window.
5. Spider Plant
This lovely plant combats benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber, and printing industries. The plant derived this unique name due to its uniquely shaped leaves, which dangle like spiders on a web. The plant is also 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.
6. Snake Plant
The plant is best suited for bathrooms since it filters out formaldehyde, which is commonly found in personal-care products. It is one of the top air-purifying plants identified by NASA. 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. The only thing to keep in mind is that they can easily rot, so they need to be planted in free-draining soil.
7. Money Plant
The money plant is an evergreen vine that is super easy to grow as it can withstand the sudden changes and extremes of Indian weather and can grow well in low light too. You may have seen this common houseplant hanging from pots or covering trellises in many homes around you. With attractive green heart-shaped leaves with yellow speckles, this plant can turn any latticed structure into a living wall. This vine can effectively clean the indoor air by absorbing harmful VOCs. The money plant is also considered auspicious and lucky, according to Vastu Shastra, when placed in the southeast part of the house.
8. Peace Lily
The peace lily is not from the lily (Liliaceae) family but from the monocot flowering Araceae family. It is a favoured houseplant across the subcontinent because it can comfortably adapt to most temperatures and climate conditions. Apart from being visually attractive, this houseplant cleanses the air by removing pollutants like acetone, benzene, and alcohols (exuded by to furniture, electronics, and cleaning products). You might best place it in your bathroom to purify the air or in the living room as an ornamental piece.
9. English Ivy
This green plant helps in reducing airborne faecal-matter particles. It also filters out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products. 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.
Here’s a plant that was around on earth before you and your ancestors were even born! Ferns are counted among one of the oldest species of plants on earth, dating back to prehistoric times. Ferns belong to a group of vascular seeds, that bear neither flowers nor seeds. With a lush green canopy of leaves, they provide your house with an ornamental value. In addition, they also remove chemical pollutants from the atmosphere and heavy metals especially arsenic, from the soil.
If your home was not blessed with tons of square footage, that doesn’t mean you can’t flex your green thumb. All of these indoor plants take up minimal space (but don’t worry, there are some trees if you have just a bit more room to work with), and many even require less sun, which is a must when you only have a few windows to work with. And if you do not have much of a green thumb—hey, you’ll get there! — most of these plants are fairly easy to keep alive. No matter your skill level, your taste, or how much space you must spare, there’s a houseplant for you here. Your indoor garden paradise dreams are about to become a reality.
To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.– Alfred Austin
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