While indoor plants have been an interior design staple in recent years, Pantone’s choice of ‘greenery’ as their colour of the year for 2017 means this décor trend is only going to get bigger.
Besides adding some style and life into to your home, many indoor plants also have amazing health benefits. In addition to connecting you to nature, promoting calmness, controlling air temperature, acting as a natural humidifier, improving mental health and absorbing background noise – among lots of other benefits – many varieties are known for their air purifying qualities.
So if they’re going to make your home more stylish as well as happier and healthier, do you need any more reason to put a few indoor plants on display?
Here are seven of the best indoor plants to boost the health of your home.
This chic, leafy vine is known for being quite hardy and can grow a trail of a few metres when grown indoors. It’s perfect for achieving that climbing or hanging vine look in your home. This popular plant effortlessly purifies the air of xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
Devil’s Ivy is toxic to pets though, so ensure you place it well out of reach of your furry friends if you want this one in your home. Native to the Soloman Islands, it is commonly found in a tropical jungle habitat and can get by on monthly watering in your home as a minimum.
Considered one of the easier ferns to care for, this unique plant will filter xylene and formaldehyde from the air. With its long, leafy fronds, this plant enjoys moist soil, indirect sun and humid conditions – perfect to liven up your bathroom.
This pretty, flowering plant is also one of the hardest working. It rids the air of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, touline and ammonia. You should give this plant daily watering, direct light and fortnightly feeding for best results. While it looks beautiful with its different coloured blooms, Florist’s Chrysanthemum
It’s also poisonous to cats and dogs so be careful where you position it.
If you’re looking for a great all-rounder you can’t go past a peace lily. With its shiny green leaves and white flower, this plant is incredibly hardy, easy to care for and is one of the most effective – if not the best – air purifying plants. It will remove most air pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, touline and ammonia.
Native to South American rainforests, this trooper needs very little light and water to survive. If it is looking a bit worse for wear, give it a good drink and see it perk right back up.
Otherwise known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue, this striking plant grows upright and will purity the air of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and touline. This is a good one to keep in your bedroom to improve air quality while you sleep – it converts carbon dioxide to oxygen at night.
Be careful not to overwater your snake plant, give it some bright sunlight and keep it away from pets.
This popular houseplant, otherwise known as European Ivy or Hendra Helix, will cleanse benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and touline from the air. It’s also been found to reduce mould in the home.
Give this one a constant temperature, direct sunlight and plenty of water, keeping the soil well-drained. You should also keep this one as an indoor plant only as it can spread too aggressively when grown outside.
Broadleaf lady palm
Not only will this one give you the tropical luxe vibes currently in style, it’s one of the easiest palms to grow indoors as it likes a low-light environment. Not only will it purify the air of trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia, it acts as a great humidifier and can transpire up to one litre of water per day. Water this one weekly and feed it one to two times per year. One of the best indoor plants for home out there.
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