Plants in the Home

There are many reasons for keeping plants indoors; colour, space fillers, health.  They can add a sense of nature and life into any space.  My current collection includes a Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Braunii), a Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum) and a strange little Prickly Pear (Opuntia) cactus as well as a few potted herbs that sit in the kitchen window.

Plants are proven to clean the air by absorbing the carbon dioxide we breath out and releasing oxygen which we then breath in.  Plants help to increase oxygen levels and our bodies are always going to appreciate that help!

Examples of excellent houseplants that are great for providing better air quality:

  • Peace Lily
  • African Violets
  • Ivy
  • Bamboo
  • Spider Plant
  • Weeping Fig
  • Various ferns and palms

 

 

There have also been studies on how plants can help you work better. They can help improve concentration, productivity and memory retention of up to 20 percent according to a University of Michigan study.

 

Bamboo

I love the lucky bamboo that I have which has lived in the bedroom since I got it.  They are believed to bring happiness and prosperity and have become a popular plant to keep in homes and businesses.  When choosing a Lucky Bamboo, go for one that has bright green leaves with no yellowing on the leaves or stems.  Lucky Bamboo do best in bright, filtered sunlight.  Direct sunlight can leave the leaves and stems scorched and brown. Give the plant a trim every now and then as they can become quite top heavy.  Don’t cut off the main stems just the off shoots.

 

Ferns

Ferns are often low-maintenance and hardy plants but they do require a little upkeep to keep them luscious. Ferns require lots of shade and ambient sunlight, rather than direct sunlight.  They need to be watered regularly to keep the soil moist, this may mean watering a little every day rather than lots irregularly. Trim off any dead leaves or stems to keep the plant looking nice and healthy.  You may need to transplant a fern at some point as they will often outgrown their pot.

 

Cactus

First indoor plant? Looking for something simple to get you going? Cactus’s are an easy starter plant as they require minimal care and are hardy plants.  They are happy to sit on a windowsill in direct sunlight and only require watering about once a month. There are many suitable varieties including Prickly Pear and Rose Pincushion that you can mix and match together to create a nice little arrangement. Cactus’s also don’t need large pots to grow as they do not produce deep root systems.

My Lucky Bamboo, Maidenhair Fern and Prickly Pear Cactus:

WikiHow is a great website to get simple and easy to follow instructions on many different types of plants

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