We've talked about how to "green up" your living space, but what are the best plants to bring indoors and how do they benefit you and your home?
There are plenty of easy-to-grow indoor plants that even those with the blackest of thumbs can keep them alive. Here are five of our favorite plants you can bring inside to liven up your home:
1. Cactus or Succulents
These are the best plants for beginners. They come in all shapes and sizes and require little attention. Water these plants very sparingly—maybe once or twice a month—and make sure they have ample direct or indirect sunlight.
Your bedroom is a great place to keep these plants since they release oxygen at night.
2. Snake Plant
The snake plant, also known as the Mother-in-law's tongue is an ideal plant for a forgetful gardener. It's harder to kill a snake plant than it is to keep it alive, and it's considered a top air purifying plant for indoor environments.
The snake plant releases oxygen into the air, reducing dryness, and also absorbs toxins, lessening airborne allergens. These plants thrive in bright light conditions with a mix of sunlight and shade, and they should be watered every 2-3 weeks.
3. Spider Plant
The name spider plant comes from the tiny white flowers on long stems called “pups" that resemble the look of tiny spiders. These plants thrive in moderate to indirect sunlight and need to be repotted every other year.
Spider plants prefer temperatures between 55 and 80°F (13–27°C), making them great indoor houseplants. They only need to be watered once a week, and they and dump out excess water at the bottom of the pot.
4. Boston Fern
The Boston fern is a little more high maintenance than our previous favorites, but it is worth the maintenance due to its air-purifying abilities. Boston ferns can remove more formaldehyde from the air than any other pant as well as other pollutants that may enter the home from car exhaust within an attached garage.
Keep your Boston fern in a cool, humid place with indirect sunlight. You can create a higher level of humidity near the plant by running a humidifier or placing a tray with water and stones nearby.
5. Peace Lily
Peace lilies are great additions to any home. For plentiful blooms, make sure you position them in an area that gets direct sunlight. To check when to water your lily, poke your finger in the soil. If the soil feels moist to the first knuckle, it's too soon for watering peace lilies. If the soil feels dry, give your peace lily about a cup of water.
If your lilies are wilting every two or three days, it's time move them into a bigger pot that doesn't require such frequent watering.
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