There’s something about bringing nature indoors that radiates a healthy energy throughout the home. Most of us know that plants are great for producing oxygen and contributing to a zen feeling in any environment, but plants are clinically known to help improve mental health, fight off colds, remove contaminants, and even stop headaches. So, we’ve dug up the six best plants to bring into your home that are low-maintenance enough for even blackest thumb to create a little green envy.
Why? Goldon Pathos gets the gold star for being the easiest to grow and top notch for removing chemicals in the air. These are also one of the most popular of all house plants. The durable, rope-like stems with smooth and heart-shaped leaves can be trained to climb or cascade, so these do great planted in a hanging basket.
Keeping them alive: These do best with bright, indirect light all day long. Use filtered, room-temperature water. And keep the soil on the slightly dry side without letting it dry out completely.
Why? We all know the benefits of aloe gel, especially after a day roasting in the sun – but aloe plants can help monitor the air quality in your home and clear pollutants found in chemical cleaning products. If harmful chemicals in the air become excessive, the plant’s’ leaves will display brown spots.
Keeping them alive: The Aloe Plant grows best with a lot of sun, so set in the window pane or on the desk in your office.
Why? The name itself should be enough to send you to a nursery and pick up a few of this wonderful low-maintenance flower. Besides a tranquil name, this plan helps reduce the levels of a number of toxins in the air – hence, bringing peace into the home.
Keeping them alive: Peace Lilies do great in shade and cooler temperatures, so pick a spot that’s part sun and part shade, and mist regularly.
Why? This plant is stealth! They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the night while most plants do this during the day. So, instead of buying a humidifier machine to soften the air, just bring in a plant or two.
Keeping them alive: Snake plants do not need very much water or light to survive.
Why? English Ivy is known as the best air-filtering house plant. They are the most effective when it comes to absorbing formaldehyde.This means that you’ll enjoy peaceful, breathable nights as long as English Ivy is hanging around. Their vines will also attach to anything – so let it wander about to strategically guide it to grow where you want it to.
Keeping them alive: Hang from the ceiling in the corner of your bedroom or try it as a floor plant. This no fuss plant grows in moderate temperatures and needs medium sunlight.
Why? Because they are beautiful! This vibrant plant can grow to ceiling-height, creating a great decoration to fill space. As a bonus to it’s beauty, it also removes toxins (xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde) from the air.
Keeping them alive: The Dracaena does best in sunlight, so place it near a big bay window that receives the most sunlight.
You can find most houseplants at your local nursery! Tell us what plants you love to see in your home in the comments.