The 7 Best Indoor Houseplants That Will Brighten Up Your Home This Winter
Houseplants deserve some love. Not only do they brighten up the home, but also help clean your environment and can create a more relaxing ambiance. Here are a few suggestions for plants to liven up your home.
One of the more popular house plants is the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum). This unusual-looking plant comes in a number of varieties from those with plain green leaves to those that offer foliage marked with cream or white stripes. One of the reasons for this plant’s popularity is they are relatively easy to care for. They also remove benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene from the air and are considered safe for pets. These are best grown in medium to bright light and in moist soil.
Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum wallisii) are also popular plant. Known for their white blooms, the low-maintenance plant helps remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene from the air. They are best kept in areas with shade and cooler temperatures.
Known for their gel which contains healing properties, aloe plants are also great at absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the air. Some species of this hearty plant can reach heights up to three feet which can be great for open areas in a home. This plant should be kept in areas with a lot of sunlight.
For those who have a hard time remembering to water their plants, the jade plant (Crassula ovata) could be a great choice. This plant offers thick, lush leaves and visually interesting branches. It is a slow-growing plant and can last for decades. The jade plant is also great at purifying the air and prefers room temperatures and bright light.
The snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is also great for those who have a history of neglecting their plants. This plant has variegated leaves that grow upright and come in a variety of sizes, allowing you to fit the plant to the room. These plants are great at absorbing carbon dioxide do best in medium to low light with dryer soil.
If you have the room to spare, consider a rubber plant (Ficus elastica), which gets its name from the sticky, milky sap it exudes if injured. This easy-to-grow plant can reach heights of eight to 10 feet, but can be pruned if you wish to keep it shorter. Grown to its full height potential, the rubber plant can make quite a statement in a home’s décor. This is one of the easiest plants to grow and, while it prefers sunnier areas, can thrive in dim light. This plant is also a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier.
Boston ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata) are great plants to be used either by hanging or by displaying on a pedestal. Treated properly, these plants can last for decades. They have been found to have one of the highest formaldehyde-removal efficiencies in the world. They have been found to remove toluene and xylene from the air and are themselves nontoxic so are safe for children and pet