Decorating houses with greeny plants is the ultimate trend nowadays. Houseplants are the best addition to indoors as they not only adorn the space but also keep it fresh and clean by boosting the air quality in its surroundings. They increase the style factor and livability of a home. In this frenzied era of hectic lives, greeny additions to the homes is an excellent way to stay in touch with nature.
While choosing a houseplant, everyone wants an eye-catching, durable, low-maintenance plant that also monitors the air quality. It might seem impossible to find such a complete-package plant but, to our luck, there are many of them out there. Here are the 8 houseplants every home must have:
Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Snake Plant is a hardy species that has been declared as one of the best air-purifying plants by NASA itself. Its long, striped leaves remove all the possible toxins from the air and boost up the air quality by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen at night. It is a 4 feet high succulent that thrives on neglect; it needs less watering and low light. This tough plant is a perfect addition to your bedroom to keep its air fresh and clean.
There is no way that you have not heard about this plant’s healing properties. Aloe vera has been used for medicines and cosmetics for thousands of years. So why not grow this handy, compact succulent inside your home? Aloe vera is an easy-to-grow, nearly-immortal plant that also purifies the air around it. It does not need frequent watering; its only requirement is sunlight, a lot of sunlight. You can place it on your kitchen’s window sill or a well-lit corner of your living room.
If you want to add a greeny statement to your living room, Philodendron is your best option. Philodendrons are magnificent, tropical plants with large, heart-shaped leaves that provide a perfect backdrop for the other smaller plant in your collection. Their large leaves not only adorn your indoors but also purifies the surrounding air by removing xylene and formaldehyde. These plants are so much popular as houseplants because they are low-maintenance and easy to care for. They need watering after 1-2 weeks and require medium sunlight to thrive. These no-fail houseplants can be placed in every corner of your home.
Boston fern, also known as Sword fern, is an easy-care fern that can be raised in hanging baskets, in patios, or on porches. It has long, dainty fronds, plumed with small leaves. This pendulous plant grows up to 7 feet tall. Its special trait is its humidifying feature. This gorgeous fern is a natural humidifier that maintains a good level of humidity around it. It can be a support system for your other humidity-loving plants. It prefers indirect sunlight and regular watering.
Monstera Siltepecana is a lovely, epiphytic trailing plant that has small grey-green leaves. Its unique leaves have dark-green veins and silver-grey patches; hence it is also known as Silver Monstera. This beaut is also enlisted as an effective air-purifying plant by NASA. This compact, tropical plant prefers less watering but more moisture. It should be placed in a well-lit spot. It should be fertilized with a diluted, common houseplant fertilizer every month for the lush growth of its bold foliage.
It is an easy-to-grow, low-maintenance plant that is an ultimate addition to any space. It naturally grows at a moderate rate, but if you support it with a pole, it will trail upon it and grow faster. You can place it on a tabletop in your living room or in your bathroom where the humidity levels are high enough to meet its moisture needs; it adorns and beautifies every corner in the perfect, tropical way.
Have you ever heard of an herb that can cure stress and depressive thoughts just by spreading its sweet scent around it? If no, you’ll now know. Lavender is an herb from the mint family that has healing properties. It has a fresh, floral fragrance that is used for aromatherapy. It acts as a sleep aid; it promotes calmness and wellness; it can treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Feels like a magical herb, right? The best placement for this equally beautiful flowering plant would be on your bedside table in your bedroom, keeping you happy and stress-free. This wonder plant requires direct sunlight and prefers to be watered twice a week.
Another natural air purifier enlisted by NASA is Golden Pothos, also known as Devil’s ivy or Rapunzel. It is a trailing epiphyte that looks fantastic, creeping over a wall or cascading down a hanging basket. It has pale green leaves with yellow to golden markings. It does not fuss about anything. You just have to water in once a week in summers and once a month in dead winters. You can place this gorgeo in almost every corner; it does not mind full shade. This ravishing ivy can be grown in a pot over a shelf or a mantelpiece; it can also be trained up a wall.
Along with all the green fellas, there also should be a pop of color in your indoors to spread lively vibes. Christmas cactus, a beautiful flowering plant, will do this magic. It has claw-shaped flowers varying from white to corals, pink and red. Its blooming time also varies with its types of species; you can see some of them blooming on Easter and others on Thanksgiving. This dainty houseplant must be watered every 2-3 weeks and must be placed in bright, indirect light.