There are many ways to make your home more interesting: A new picture, a piece of furniture, or an indoor plant. Indoor plants can add a splash of color and life to any room. Not only do they immediately draw the eye, but they also clean and purify the air in your home. If you are new to growing indoor plants, don’t worry, it’s easy. Most of the plants on this list are very hardy and can tolerate some levels of neglect.
The first thing you need to do before buying a plant is to find out where you are going to put it. Certain indoor plants require different amounts of sunlight and can tolerate different temperatures. If you have any cold spots in your home you might want to keep your plants away from them as most plants on this list come from tropical or subtropical climates.
The pothos plant is nicknamed the ‘cubicle plant’ because it can easily fit on your desk and not overgrow its container. It’s trailing vines can be trained to climb bookshelves or what have you. The best part is, you can propagate more pathos plants from smaller shoots. Pathos, like the snake plant, can filter benzene and formaldehyde.
The parlor palm used to be a staple in any home in the ’90s. Today these tropical plants are catching on again as more and more people choose to live closer to plants. The parlor palm does great in homes because it prefers the same comfortable temperatures you do. It does best in indirect sunlight so make sure it doesn’t receive too much light. Parlor palms only need to be watered every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
This is the perfect plant for the person who is always on the go. Dracaena can easily adapt to varying levels of light but does not like direct sunlight. If you are out of town a lot on business or pleasure, this hardy plant can survive two weeks without water.
The Jade Plant
Like many succulent plants, jade prefers full sun or bright filtered light. They do best when they receive at least four hours of direct sun a day. Also like most succulents, jade can live for a very long time if you care for it right. Jade should be watered every 2 weeks in the summer but in the fall and winter, it can survive up to a month without taking a drink.
Snake plants make the perfect house plant for the person who kills any plant they touch. These plants are famous for being able to go long periods of time without water. So if you are prone to neglecting plants, the snake plant might be the plant for you. The snake plant is a low maintenance plant that enjoys lots of bright light, however, it can survive in lower light levels. Snake plants also have the unique ability to filter out chemicals, like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene from the air.
Looking for something unique and a conversation starter? Then look no further than the rubber tree. It’s large waxy, green leaves can brighten up the dullest room and improve your mood. If you are new to raising plants, don’t worry, this plant is very easy to care for. It just needs a bright, roomy spot to sit and it will be happy. The soil should be kept moist during the growing season but may only need water once or twice a month in the fall and winter.
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