Adding a potted plant to a room can really transform the space. It’s also a great way to brighten up your home and purify the air, plus research has shown that being around even the smallest types of nature can decrease stress levels and tension.
All of this is achieved because plants increase the amount of oxygen in the air whilst clearing out nasty toxins too, helping you to take a deep breath and relax at the end of a manic day. The best news is that many of these incredible little seedlings are super easy to grow and keep.
We’ve rounded up a list of our favourite houseplants, along with some handy tips on how to keep them healthy.
The thick chunky leaves of the aloe vera plant will offer interesting decoration to any home. Simply plant in a wide container, place in a sunny spot (although not in direct sunlight) and water once every couple of weeks.
They’re very simple to keep, just be sure not to overwater. All moisture is stored in the leaves, rather than in the soil, so if the soil does look a bit dry, it doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be watered. Instead, consult the leaves – if they look a bit droopy, water well.
What’s more, the aloe vera plant monitors your air quality. It will display brown spots if the air is heavily polluted with unwanted chemicals, usually given off by harsh cleaning products and heavy traffic near your home.
The spider plant
Don’t be put off by its creepy-crawly name, the spider plant is actually one of the most popular houseplants out there. The unusual-looking foliage can survive in cool temperatures, so it’s perfect for British houses and flats. It also looks great as a hanging plant, as the grassy leaves arch over just like spiders legs (only green and much nicer).
To add to its appeal, the spider plant is very easy to look after. Water moderately, more times than you would a succulent, but not every day. In the meantime, keep it out of direct sunlight and it’ll be just fine.
If you’re a fan of floral, the peace lily is probably one of the lowest maintenance flowers available. Countless people have them in their homes and offices, as the beautiful green leaves and white petals go well with most decors and perk up a dull room.
The peace lily is well-known for reducing toxins in the air, which is great if you spend a lot of time in the same room. They also don’t need a lot of water and actually do better when under-watered, rather than overwatered. You can see if they need a bit of attention by looking at the topsoil – if it’s still damp, avoid spraying it.
The snake plant
With its impressive vertical leaves, the snake plant is a solid choice for adding some greenery into a bedroom or lounge. It also doesn’t need much light or water to survive, so it’s wonderful for busy schedules.
Whilst you live your life, the snake plant absorbs unpleasant CO2 particles and releases oxygen into the air during the night. So if you want a clean air boost whilst you sleep, this little bit of greenery is for you. Just ensure that you keep the leaves free from dust – having tiny particles on the surface will stop the plant from absorbing much-needed light.
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