We’ve mentioned plants in a lot of our posts, from Affordable Feng Shui to Transform Your Deck, Porch or Sunroom into a Comfortable Oasis. While the idea of an interior garden sounds delightful, knowing which plants grow best indoors can sometimes involve a bit of guess work. Here’s come insight on how to choose the best house plants and take care of them.
Perhaps the biggest factor to consider when purchasing a houseplant is the amount of sunlight available. Too much such will fry certain plants while too little will weaken others. Here are some plants to consider for the two primary lighting extremes.
Lucky Bamboo: Hailed as the best shade plant to be found, bamboo has been known to continue growing in rooms where there is little, if no natural light. In fact, two bamboo plants sit on my desk right and are yards away from the closest window.
Dragon Tree: Does just fine in low lighting situations and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.
Spider Plant: Perfect for hanging pots as their off shoots will cascade over the side, down to the ground. Also known for their longevity. I had a middle school teacher who’s spider plants had been around for decades.
Peace Lily: These flowering plants have white blossoms and don’t require too much attention.
Golden Pothos: Perfect for small spaces since it doesn’t grow very big. Again, not a very fussy plant.
Direct Sunlight Plants
Zamioculcas zamiifolia: Although this plant likes lots of sun, it doesn’t need too much water, so be careful not to over-water it.
Aloe: Loves the sun. This plant has many healing properties and can be used to treat sunburn, cuts, and scars.
Chrysanthemum: A light lover that needs watered frequently.
Velvet Plant: Again, likes the sun and be sure to keep the soil moist, but not saturated.
Plants that Improve Air-Quality
If you live in a city or town with poor air quality, NASA and ALCA conducted studies to determine which houseplants most effectively remove toxins from the air. These are:
Elephant ear philodendron
Janet Craig dracaena
Bamboo or reed palm
The study recommends buying at least fifteen plants from this list for the best air purification results.
1. Be sure to dust your plant’s leaves once a week with a soft, damp cloth. They collect dust just like everything else in your house.
2. Although it’s been mentioned throughout this post, don’t over-water your plants! Doing so will rot the roots. A basic rule of thumb to follow is to stick your finger a few inches into the soil. If the soil feels moist, don’t water the plant.
3. Groom your plant at least once a week by removing dead leaves and flowers.
4. Fertilize your plant about once a month, unless directed otherwise.
To find the best plants available, go to your local nursery. Happy gardening!