Houseplants – while sometimes challenging to care for – are gloriously green and bring a cleansing, positive feel to your home. Here are a few of our favorites.
There’s something comforting about houseplants. They bring life, color, and a touch of nature inside your home. But with so many options out there, how do you choose the perfect plants for your space? Here are a few of our favorite easy-to-care-for houseplants.
1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata):
The snake plant is hardy and resilient. Its striking upright leaves are often edged in yellow, adding a pop of color to any room. The snake plant is also an air-purifying superstar, filtering out toxins and releasing oxygen at night, making it an ideal bedroom companion. And, if you’re into feng shui, it can enhance the “energy” in your space.
2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum):
The peace lily is quite a looker with its elegant white blooms. But it’s also proven to improve indoor air quality. This low-maintenance plant thrives in low-light conditions, making it perfect for offices and spaces with minimal natural sunlight.
3. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum):
Pothos is one of the easiest houseplants to maintain, so it’s a classic choice for beginners. Pothos can withstand missing a few waterings, and the heart-shaped leaves tolerate a range of lighting conditions. This trailing plant adds a delightful cascading element to your decor, and it’s also excellent at removing toxins from the air.
4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum):
The Spider plant is known for its air-purifying abilities and its ability to grow in a variety of climates. The arching green and white striped leaves match almost any decor. This non-toxic plant is safe around babies and pets, and it’s incredibly easy to care for.
5. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica):
With its bold, broad leaves, the rubber plant makes a statement. It’s an excellent choice for bright, indirect light and, if given the space, can grow quite tall. Since it doesn’t produce pollen, the rubber plant typically won’t trigger allergic reactions. In fact, it will help purify the air in your home or office.
6. Monstera (Monstera deliciosa):
The monstera, with its iconic Swiss cheese-like leaves, has become a design favorite. It thrives in bright, indirect light and adds a touch of the tropics to your home. Over time, the monstera can grow anywhere from 4 to 8 feet(!) and helps reduce stress. According to feng shui, monstera plants bring peace and harmony into your home.
7. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata):
If you want to add a lush, feathery texture to your space, you can’t go wrong with a Boston fern. It thrives in humid conditions, absorbs and lowers the humidity in your home, and reduces allergens. This type of fern is the easiest to grow indoors due to its tolerance to varying light levels.
8. Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides):
The Chinese money plant is known for its round, pancake-like leaves and unique appearance. It’s easy to care for and does well in moderate light. In addition to being a prolific oxygen producer, the Chinese money plant is also thought to bring good fortune and prosperity. (However, we’re sorry to report it doesn’t grow real money.)
9. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia):
The ZZ plant is just about as tough as they come. Its glossy, dark green leaves can tolerate low light and sporadic watering, making it an ideal choice if you forget your plant-parenting duties. The ZZ plant removes pollutants from the air and supports cognitive function. It can also improve your health with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
Hens and Chicks are beautiful, unique succulents cherished for their captivating rosette formations and wide array of colors (from vibrant green to deep burgundy, often with fascinating patterns and textures). These hardy succulents can withstand the harshest conditions. Hens and chicks can also bring positive energy and balance to a room.
Remember, the key to happy houseplants is not just picking the right ones but also providing them with the care they need. Regular watering (but not overwatering) and occasional fertilization will keep your indoor plant thriving. So, go ahead and add some green to your home – it’s a surefire way to create a happy and healthy living space!
For more indoor gardening tips, check out 7 Easy Houseplants to Keep Your Green Thumb in Shape and A Ten-Step Guide to Growing Your Indoor Herb Garden.
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