Spring time is truly the best time to get your outdoor garden going. At this time of year, the temperatures in the weather makes it suitable for plants to grow and thrive outside. But it’s also a great time for indoor planting. If you have a less than green thumb, try some of these easy to take care of plants that also include tons of health benefits. Indoor plants are also a great way for children to take on some extra (but small) responsibilities. Designate a plant for them to take care of and teach them about when to water, prune, and “talk” to their plants.
According to a study by NASA, certain indoor houseplants can improve air quality by removing the toxins in our homes. Our homes are filled with toxic chemicals that we are unaware of. Chemicals found in paint, furniture, and common pollutants like mold can all cause damage to our health. Children and elders need to be specifically careful about the air quality in their homes so having houseplants can do wonders at cleaning the air in your homes. The main rule of thumb when it comes to certain types of houseplants are to water them only when needed. Unlike outdoor plants which can dry out due to overexposure of sunlight, indoor plants require less sunlight and water. Just be sure the roots do not grow out of the planter or pot as that indicates the plants need to be transplanted to a bigger planter.
Here you’ll find a list of common indoor houseplants that are easy to take care of and can also help improve air quality:
1. Philodendron scandens `oxycardium’, heartleaf philodendron
2. Philodendron domesticum, elephant ear philodendron
3. Dracaena fragrans `Massangeana’, cornstalk dracaena
4. Hedera helix, English ivy
5. Chlorophytum comosum, spider plant
6. Dracaena deremensis `Janet Craig’, Janet Craig dracaena
7. Dracaena deremensis `Warneckii’, Warneck dracaena
8. Ficus benjamina, weeping fig
9. Epipiremnum aureum, golden pothos
10. Spathiphyllum `Mauna Loa’, peace lily
11. Philodendron selloum, selloum philodendron
12. Aglaonema modestum, Chinese evergreen
13. Chamaedorea sefritzii, bamboo or reed palm
14. Sansevieria trifasciata, snake plant
15. Dracaena marginata , red-edged dracaena
Indoor houseplants that are used to improve air quality should be at least 6 inches or taller and must not be crowded inside the planter. I usually put the plant inside a decorative pot and remove the plant when watering. You can see if your plants need to be watered or needs sunlight by checking the soil and the health of the leaves. For more resources on houseplants and how to take care of them, check out these websites:
*Photos courtesy of MarthaStewart.com
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