Keeping indoor plants in your home offers a wide range of benefits.
Not only are they great for decorating, but there are also several health benefits to be gained from keeping plant life around the house. With more and more people opting to include some greenery in their lives, here are some of the specific benefits indoor plants can add to your home:
- The most obvious reason to include plants in your home is for the visual impact. Healthy, happy plants can help make a room appear cleaner, fresher and more polished. Depending on the type of plants you select, you can turn your home into an enchanted forest, a pretty garden or a tropical paradise. All styles add colour and interest to your interior design.
- Without getting too technical, plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, purifying the air in your home. NASA have conducted a study which concludes that low-light-requiring houseplants, along with activated carbon plant filters, have “demonstrated the potential for improving indoor air quality by removing trace organic pollutants from the air.” This can include toxins from cigarette smoke, grocery bags and other common household items.
- Plants can help reduce noise levels in a home. If strategically placed, leafy plants in particular can help muffle noise, which is why you may see them in office building and workplaces.
So which plants are good indoors?
As with most succulents, aloe vera plants are easy to raise, require minimal maintenance and can be grown in small pots on your windowsill.
Aloe vera has the added benefit of working as a gel for cuts, burns and other skin conditions. Keep your aloe vera succulent in a sunny place and enjoy!
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
If you don’t possess a green thumb, a spider plant may be the one for you. Resilient, with rich foliage and tiny white flowers, spider plants enjoy a cool-to-average home temperature, moderate watering and indirect sunlight.
Spider plants look particularly nice in hanging baskets, and are a great starting point for those wanting to have indoor plants. Generally only complete and utter neglect will kill a spider plant.
Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
For a lush, tropical look in your home, consider a bamboo palm. Unlike other types of bamboo, bamboo palm does not require much sunlight, and can be watered when the soil feels dry. This plant will grow between 5-7 feet tall.
If you are after something that will flower, a peace lily is a great option. Relatively small, the peace lily will flower during most of the summer.
Keep this plant in a shady spot and make sure the soil remains moist. Beautiful, white and delicate, this flower looks great as a table centerpiece or as a feature in your hallway.
What plants do you think work well indoors? Let us know in the comments!