While I love plants and nature, I’ve never had much of a green thumb. I enjoy having a vegetable garden outdoors, which has mostly been trial and error and tips from people who know a lot more than I do, and I think that indoor plants look fantastic in a home. My first two attempts, a spider plant and then an aloe vera plant, both died. (Update: I’ve got an incredible aloe vera plant going strong for years now!) Those are purported to be low maintenance plants, so I thought I didn’t have a chance. However, over the last couple of years I have now acquired three houseplants which are not only surviving, but thriving. Here are three easy indoor plants and why you should have them too.
Many studies (some even done by NASA) have been conducted to explore the benefits of exposure to plants indoors. Mentally, people experience improved concentration and memory, better goal achievement, heightened attention, and a boost in creativity. Emotionally, interior plants can reduce stress and increase the feeling of well-being. Physically, indoor plants improve health by adding moisture to dry air and producing negative ions which remove dust, bacteria, and allergen particles.
These plants provide all of the above mentioned houseplant benefits while being pretty easy to care for and beautiful to look at, especially when flowering. They like to be kept on the dry side and out of direct sun. I received mine as a gift a little over a year ago and have maintained it without any issues. I love seeing how many new leaves have grown.
In addition to the aforementioned benefits, a ficus will remove common airborne toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. They also improve oxygen levels in the room. Ficus plants like sun, yet are somewhat shade tolerant. They also have low watering needs. It’s been so fun watching the plant grow thicker with leaves and branches since receiving it as a gift about a year and a half ago.
3. Snake Plant
These are one of the most recommended plants for it’s benefits. Along with the advantages listed above, this plant also filters toxins such as nitrogen oxides, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air. Interestingly, while most plants take away oxygen at night, this one actually gives off oxygen. For this reason, many people keep them in their bedroom. Snake plants tolerate low light and irregular watering, and they are also one of the cheapest houseplants to purchase. I just bought mine just last month, and it has been a wonderful and easy addition to our home so far.
Do you have any houseplants? What types are your favourite?