House plants, the plants that thrive indoors are currently becoming increasingly popular amongst people. Whether it be a gardening enthusiast or the young generation adopting the new trend of plant parenthood, houseplants are winning hearts as their steadily skyrocketing sales are proving the sudden attraction of people towards houseplants. No matter what the reasons are the contribution towards the environment by planting trees should be appreciated.
A little bit of greenery not just add aesthetics to the room, but have also some health benefits aside from just providing cleaner and fresher air. Having plants indoors has proven to bring positive benefits to physiological, psychological and cognitive health. They reduce stress by giving a general feeling of calmness, increase the sense of responsibility and according to a study, they may even help in developing a higher threshold for pain.
Houseplants come in a wide variety and depending on your liking and willingness to commit, you can opt for flowering plants, succulents or tropical plants. Without any doubt, some variety of houseplants can be a bit needy but if you are a beginner or don’t know much about plants or just simply don’t want to have an additional responsibility, don’t worry, we got you covered as there is a variety of houseplants for all.
Even if you are a beginner or a pro at gardening, you should definitely give houseplants a shot. Little love and care combined with a bit of knowledge and motivation, can grow these anywhere.
To make your work easier in opting for the right houseplants for you, here are some you can choose from.
1. Snake Plant
Aka mother-in-law’s tongue, Snake Plant is quite popular amongst all the houseplants. It’s ideal for beginners as they can survive on negligence. They are pretty easy to grow as well and will thrive in either very bright light or even in the dark corners of the house. It’s one of the few plants that can convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen even at night. NASA even carried out research that shows that snake plants are able to help keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. They do not require much water and an interval of atleast a week should be given allowing the soil to dry out completely before watering.
A beautiful flowering plant that can live indoors with minimum care is orchids. Orchids are far tougher and harder than most people think because of their delicate look. They are extremely adaptable. Available in various species and different colours like white, pink, purple. Orchids are one the most aesthetic looking indoor plant. These plants thrive in strong light, but not direct sunlight with high humidity and airflow around the roots. They need to be watered well and the soil should always be moist but avoid overwatering in all circumstances. The plant can wilt when exposed to very dry conditions. When an orchid does flower it usually remains in bloom for six to ten weeks.
One of the easiest plants to grow indoors, undisputedly, has to be Pothos. For beginners, it’s one of the best plants to bring home as it needs little to no care and tolerate any level of negligence, literally any! Though they lack blooms, they can be found in a vast variety of foliage colours and patterns. This makes it an excellent choice for indoor plants and can be used as a decor item in houses as well as offices. Pothos like indirect bright light and should be watered every 1-2 weeks in order to allow the soil to dry out in between waterings. They can withstand hot weather and are adaptable to any humidity level. They are usually pest resistant but in case it happens, a simple treatment with neem oil can be very effective.
4. Peace Lily
If you have a bone for flowering plants, the next one on our list is Peace Lily. The tropical evergreen plant with beautiful white to off white flowers makes an excellent houseplant for homes and offices. But that’s not all. They not just look beautiful but also purify the air and tends to absorb the acetone vapours. They enjoy medium to low light, preferably, indirect lights. The plant should be watered moderately and overwatering should be avoided to prevent the plant from dying. In addition, Peace lilies enjoy high humidity and perform their best in summers. They have a long blooming period and in some conditions, can also be grown in water alone.
Cacti are succulent perennial plants that love hot and dry temperatures. Although cacti love deserts, they can easily adapt themselves to be indoor plants and require less light. They can survive in little water because of their special tendency of retaining water in their stem with the help of a spine. However, they will still need watering from time to time. They are a perfect houseplant for people, who are beginners or someone who forgets to water plants often. Cacti can be in many colours. Naturally, green cacti are more resistant to environments with low light. However, if your room is well-lit, you can go for pink or purple cacti.
The most popular plant amongst, indoor planters is Croton because they are super low maintenance and come in many colours including red, orange, purple, pink, yellow, green, and white. If you are not willing to take care of a flowering plant and green dominates your garden making you look out for a plant to pop out from the crowd, Croton is the right choice for you. Originated in a tropical climate, they prefer warm and humid conditions. They should be kept in a location that receives significant exposure the sunlight. The soil in which the Croton is planted should be moist all the time. Using a humidifier or pebble tray fulfils the requirement of humidity.
7. Jade Plant
One of the simplest and easiest succulent plants to grow is the Jade plant which is also considered to be a symbol of good luck. Often a reason why people prefer keeping it at home or office desk. They need bright light and should be kept near a window. They adapt well to warm and dry conditions. One of the most important things, when you care for jade plants, is to make sure that they are watered properly all the time. Never underwater nor overwater your Jade plant. Overwatering may lead to the rotting of roots. It lives a fairly long life if taken proper care of. It’s one of the plants, which releases oxygen even at night.
8. Palm Tree
If you are looking for an elegant plant to enhance and compliment the decor of your home or office, palms are the right plant for you. There are many varieties of Palm Trees of chose from for your indoor planting. Easily adaptable to low light, palms make a perfect low maintenance house plant. They prefer shades over bright and direct sunlight. Palms can grow well in a low water supply and hates overwatering. They can live in shade but should be kept away from traffic as it could damage the long leaves of the plant. This plant thrives in both hot and cold weather depending on the species you own. Palms tend to grow slowly and live long if provided the right environment.
9. Rubber Plant
If you are looking for a statement plant but bored of typical green, a Rubber Plant can be your choice as it comes in not just green but also burgundy, pink and cream colours. It’s a perfect houseplant for beginners because it is not just tough but also have big, oval glossy leaves which draws a lot of attention. Rubber plant thrives in medium to bright indirect light. An interval of atleast a week in between watering is a must, as overwatering could kill the plant. Rubber plant prefers moderately cool, moist and humid air. Little maintenance can make your rubber tree thrive.
10. Spider Plant
Aka Ribbon Plants are one of the easiest and most attractive plants to grow indoors. Other than purifying the air, they tend to decrease the stress and increase the productivity of people. They require a moderate temperature to grow and can easily tolerate any quality of light except for very bright direct sunlight. The soil should be moist and only be watered once or twice a week watering to prevent water clogging. They can survive in any humidity which makes them a good choice for beginners.
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