Can you guess what is the most inexpensive and best way to decorate a living space? The answer is very simple: decorate the area beautifully with house plants. Yes, you heard that right! We have to admit that we all love greenery around us. And the most affordable way to do so is by planting indoor plants in your houses.
Do indoor plants require a lot of attention? What are the best plants that can be grown inside your house? Do you need to take extra care of these plants and worry that you have a ‘black thumb’? If your mind is boggled with all of these questions then keep on reading the article to solve all your queries.
What are the benefits of indoor plants?
Indoor plants are easy to grow, does not require much care and are an extremely affordable option to jazz up any simple place. Moreover, it helps you to make your space look extremely ‘Instagram-worthy’. But that is not all, indoor plants provide abundant health benefits too and some of the most common ones are:
- They release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide even during the night. Therefore maintaining perfect air balance inside the house.
- They not only freshen up the air but also helped to remove all harmful toxins from the atmosphere.
- According to studies, it was also found that it helped to increase concentration and productivity up to 15% per cent
- You can also include house plants in your workspace too as they have been found to reduce stress levels and improve the overall mood. They help in regulating the humidity of the pertaining atmosphere.
- It has been scientifically proven that seeing greenery all around helps us to feel relaxed and calm and increases the levels of positiveness all around.
Which indoor plants should you grow?
Many indoor plants can help you to decorate your space but some of the easiest to grow and common houseplants are:
1.Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
One of the most low maintenance plants that are perfect for anyone new to gardening is the snake plant. It also simultaneously serves as the best ornamental plant to have around. It has thin, upright leaves with irregular green banding that looks like snakeskin and hence the name snake plant. Snake plants can effectively remove harmful toxins like benzene and xylene from the atmosphere and can help you to breathe freely.
2.Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa)
One of the most beautiful and fairly inexpensive houseplants is a swiss cheese plant. This plant does not require much attention and it can grow and propagate quite easily. It requires between bright to medium light and you need to water it only once or twice per week. Make sure that before watering you check the soil is completely dried and do not water the plant if the soil is not soaked. The lush green leaves of the plant with distinct holes add a whole new dimension to a room. No wonder it is so popular, especially among millennials.
3.Golden pothos/ Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
Devil’s Ivy can easily amp any space and is suited to any position in the house. They are low maintenance and absolutely stunning to look at. The leaves are waxy and heart-shaped and did you know that they can be found in different colour variations of green. The spring and summer seasons are the best time to propagate the devil’s ivy and they are highly drought tolerant and also do not require much watering. Also, you do not have to fertilise it regularly.
4.Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
Did you know peace lily was featured on the list of best air-purifying options by NASA? With glossy and dark green foliage and stunning white flowers, peace lily has skyrocketed in the popularity charts. However, make sure to take proper care of these plants. These plants thrive in bright light, require to be watered or misted at least once a week and they cannot grow in soggy soil. Also, wipe the foliage once in three days to prevent the building of dust on the leaves. A word of caution for this plant- Make sure to keep it away from children and plants as the leaves are poisonous and can cause uneasiness and discomfort if ingested.
5.Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus)
Want to know about a house plant that can be an instant conversation starter? Bird’s nest fern is then your answer. Bestowed with bright green, ripple edged fronds, this fern makes a statement wherever it is present. Bird’s nest fern thrives in medium indirect light and a humid environment. Do not go only for its looks, this fern can also effectively remove harmful toxins from the environment and make the air of your living space more fresh and breathable.
Apart from the above-mentioned house plants, you can also go for:
- Spider plant
- Chinese evergreen
- Rubber plants
Bamboo plants, chrysanthemum and aloe vera can also be great options for house plants.
What to keep in mind?
There are certain factors that you should keep in mind while dealing with indoor plants for your living space and that are:
- If you are planning to grow indoor plants inside the bedroom, then choose the plants that will help you to sleep during the night. We all know that plants release oxygen in the day and carbon dioxide during the night. But there are certain indoor plants that can help you to solve the problem. These plants not only release oxygen during the night but also helps you to get better sleep.
- You should keep the plants in a warm environment with sufficient air circulation and make sure to keep on rotating the face of the plant.
- Make sure to use fertilizers adequately in order to provide the house plants with all the required nutrients to survive.
- Light is very important for the plants to carry out the daily photosynthesis process. Make sure to provide a sufficient amount of light daily so that houseplants can grow happily.
- And coming to the most important point i.e., watering the indoor plants. It has been seen that most of the houseplants cannot withstand wet soil and die due to overwatering. Your entering schedule should be once or twice a week and you can also use a spray bottle or a mister for that purpose.
Now there you go, everything you need to know about house plants. Indoor plants not only increase purifies the air it grows in but also helps you to decorate a simple space without spending too much money. Now go on, show the magic of your green thumb to the world and see the effect that these houseplants create in your living space.