Since most of us are safe at home these days, it may be the perfect time to spruce up the space you spend the most time in with an indoor plant.
While many in warmer areas are planting outside, there are several advantages to having an indoor plant in your home. An indoor plant can help purify the air, give you something to care for in these uncertain times, or brighten up the dark corner of your home office. Give one of these common indoor plants listed below a try! They are listed from the easiest to care for to the most finicky. If you are wary of going out shopping, keep in mind that many home improvement stores are currently offering curbside pickup or home delivery at no added cost.
Here Are 6 Indoor Plants to Add to Your Home:
Despite the unappealing name, this is a plant that has many bonuses. It needs little light and water, making it both versatile and needs very little attention from you. It is also an air purifier, which will be an added bonus for those climates or conditions where we can’t open a window and let fresh air in. While its architectural structure might not be appealing to everyone, if you have a black thumb, I suggest giving this one a try.
This is another low-care plant with a fine, wispy texture that is opposite to the snake plant. While it will require more light (snake plants can be in your dark study and be fine), it will still not want direct sunlight. Place your parlor palm in a bright room with indirect sun or in your room with ambient natural light and it will be happy. Allow the soil to dry before giving it a thorough watering.
Pothos is a trailing plant that offers the advantage of having variegated foliage. If you want more than a boring, solid green plant, opt for pothos! Some come with white and green or green and yellow leaves and can be quite elegant. They also tolerate some of the really sunny spots in your home that is difficult for plants that like indirect light, but beware, they may be thirsty. They will tolerate drying out, but if they are in direct sun I would check to see if they are dry every three days or so.
We’re used to seeing ivy as an outdoor plant, so we may not think of its possibilities for the indoors. Try hanging your ivy plant in a basket or lantern and let it drape down and frame your favorite window. I suggest placing your ivy plant in bright indirect light and checking to see if it’s dry once a week. Ivy can be susceptible to spider mites (an insect that isn’t actually a spider), so look out for any webbing on the edges of the leaves.
You may have heard this botanical name for fig, but you may also have heard this group of plants referred to as fiddle leaf fig, rubber plant, or rubber tree. As a whole, fig plants make a great option if you need a little height (I’ve seen rubber trees that are eight feet or more) and have the skill to re-pot the plant as it grows. In general, they will want bright, indirect sunlight and just enough water to keep them from drying out. I would recommend keeping them in a pot that will drain whether that is a plastic pot nestled in a more decorative container or in a decorative pot that has drainage holes. This way you can water it thoroughly, but allow the water to drain out so the fig doesn’t have wet feet (it WILL NOT appreciate it). This plant will help purify the air, just make sure to dust the leaves every once in a while.
Succulents have gained popularity in the last few years as a great low-care indoor plant option. This is not a good choice for you if you tend to veer on the side of over-watering. Try an aloe plant for its medicinal properties or opt for the cute and common hens and chicks. Once past your frost date, most succulents can also be brought outdoors. Try planting several in a saucer to spruce up patios, pathways, and more!
Now is your time to get creative. Pick the plants that appeal the most to you and that will work best for the light conditions in your home. If you have questions about what plants are right for the location you want to put them in, ask your local garden retailer. While this will spruce up your home or workspace during these unusual times, indoor plants offer many benefits that we can take advantage of no matter what’s happening around us.
Pick the plant that sounds right to you, remember to water appropriately, and have fun watching it grow!
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Jennifer has always had a love of being active in nature and has brought that together by studying English and Horticulture at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina and by later obtaining an AFAA Personal Training Certification.