Hardy Houseplants To Green Your Home
Hardy Houseplants To Green Your Home
Houseplants have hit the big time in recent years. This is true for the on-trend decorators, but also for all us regular folk just starting to understand the benefits that the humble houseplant can bring to our homes. There are lots of reasons to add house plants to your home that go beyond the décor. Houseplants also add oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, help fight illness in dryer months, and can even improve state of mind. NASA research found that houseplants can also clear the air of toxic chemicals! If you aren’t sure where to start with your hardy houseplant collection, we’ve got a few recommendations.
Likely one of the hardiest plants you will ever encounter the Spider Plant (named for its arachnid appearance) is perfect for novice green thumbs. Pop it in well-drained soil in bright but indirect light and water on occasion, and this little plant with thrive. It’s safe for pets, and helps to clear the air.
Often considered a weed when planted in the garden, English Ivy is actually a super resilient houseplant that works to reduce airborne fecal-matter particles (gross, but good). As long as you keep it in a pot with moist soil and provide it with 4+ hours of direct sunlight per day, this plant is a great addition to any home.
A tumbling vine, the Golden Pothos will certainly give your home an indoor jungle vibe, which is fantastic. Also sometimes referred to as Devil’s Ivy, this plant filters formaldehyde and looks great in a hanging basket. Keep away from children and pets by hanging it high (it is poisonous when eaten) and give it bright, indirect light and not too much water.
A plant that does a great job of cleaning the air, the Peace Lily will flower if given enough light, but otherwise they look great in their lush, green state. They prefer less watering, but the leaves will droop if they get too dry, after which they’ll need a good soak. Pop this one somewhere in medium to low light, and you’ll get a beautiful and useful houseplant.
The snake plant, sometimes referred to as the mother-in-law’s tongue for its sharp and spiky appearance (we’ve all been there!) is a minimal maintenance plant that makes a great statement. It doesn’t need a lot of light, only needs to be transplanted once or twice a year, and requires little water. Basically, neglect it and it will thrive!
This easy-to-care-for houseplant is known for its ability to filter out various air pollutants, which makes it a worthwhile addition to your home. The Chinese Evergreen does well in low light, even in places where other plants aren’t able to grow. They do like the humidity though, so if you have a dry home be sure to mist the leaves on occasion.
If you haven’t had much luck with indoor houseplants, the ZZ plant is a solid place to start. It’s absolutely one of the more tolerant of houseplants and will shake off pretty much anything you can throw at it from minimal light, dry air, almost no water… You get the idea.
Despite all this, it has a great look and is very nearly fit to hold the category of indestructible.
Let’s Talk About ‘Impossible To Kill’
While it is nice to see people claiming that these houseplants are ‘impossible to kill’ the fact is that the only houseplants that fit that description are plastic ones. Of course, if you want your home to be green but struggle with real plants, artificial plants are getting more and more realistic. Often from a distance, it is difficult to distinguish an artificial plant from a real one. However, artificial plants are only good for their display qualities, there is no air purifying benefits.
All real plants need some kind of care when they’re indoors. Remember, when you keep a plant indoors you’re taking away all the potential nutrients and growth factors that they experience when outside. This means you need to provide those factors to allow your plant to grow and flourish.
Our best tips for maintaining your houseplants is to choose wisely from the hardier varieties and ensure you read and keep the care instructions so you have some idea of what you should be providing your plants, and where they would be most suited in your home. Also make sure if you have small children or pets that you research your choices carefully to ensure they are not poisonous or harmful if eaten.