Indoor plants give a nature’s touch with its greenish leaves to an indoor space. It also helps us to improvise our mood, creativity, productivity and concentration.
Plants and trees which are present in nature are the only source of oxygen which is the most essential for the living beings to respire. This makes plants to be a natural partner to us. Indoor plants such give a natural supply of oxygen, help in absorbing the toxins present in the air indoors. It also helps to maintain oxygen and humidity levels.
As always nature gives a positive vibes and energy, indoor plants soothes our mood and gives us a instant energy. Indoor plants are quite popular among those who live in closed apartments or for the people dwell in space constrained houses but who love to have a touch of nature in their lives. And also for the people who don’t have much time to spend for gardening but like to have plants which are really a stress compressant.
There are number of varieties of indoor plants avilable. Each one of them have unique qualities in their size, growing levels, level of moisture they need, amount of sunlight they have to be exposed and also the different types of toxic components they absorb from the air present indoor .
Few of the most popular indoor plant varities:
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
The snake plant is the one mostly known for its good looking and improving air quality. A snake plant appear with evergreen sword shaped leaves that grow upright is commonly known as motherinlaw’s tongue is a plant that require low maintainance which grow several feet high both in indirect light or even in dark corners. This plant has an unique quality of converting carbondioxide to oxygen without the help of sunlight at nights. This feature make us to have a good supply of oxygen at nights, which helps to have a undisturbed sleep . So its ideal to have them as a bedroom decor. Even though in less amount it absorbs air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and toluene. Its mildly toxic if consumed. This plant prefer loose and sandier soils and much watering may rot the roots.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Peace lillies are a perfect choice of house plant as they can thrive in shady or low light areas. Its easy to maintain. The beauty of its curved bract white flowers gives a pretty look as a home decor along with its air purifying qualities. Do not overwater these plants. The leaves drool as a sign when the plant is thirsty. Its prone to pets.
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Its one of the easiest to maintain house plant. Its long stems versatile to climb makes it a choice to be grown in hanging baskets or plant stands. Its air purifying quality makes it apt to be grown in home or offices. This plants thrives well when grown in a well drained pot and indirect sunlight. Allow soil to dry between waterings. It has many other names such devil’s ivy, golden pothos and money plant. Its toxic to dogs and cats. Growing multiple roots in the same pot gives a lushy look.
Aloe Vera (barbadensis)
Aloevera is a succulent plant with fleshy and spicky leaves filled with gel . This can be grown as both indoor and outdoor plant. This plant is mainly known for its enormous medicinal values and to the health benefits it yeilds. Place in brighter spot and avoid direct sunlight. Maintain in a well drained pot. The gel it contains has the medicinal value which is full of vitamins and anti bacterial. Intake of its juice reduces the sugar levels, increses metabolism, resolve skin problems. Use of this gel gives a clear skin and help the skin stay hydrated. This gel has cooling properties and is anti inflammatory.
Lucky bamboo plant ( Dracaena braunii)
Lucky bamboo is a popular indoor plant which can be placed in home or office desks. Its easy maintainance and abilty to grow both in soil and water makes it easy to grow anywhere. It helps to purify air in the environment and it is belived that it brings good fortune and prosperity to us. Even though its called as a lucky bamboo it doesnt belong to the bamboo family. Its enough to grow with indirect sunlight as the direct sunlight may scorch its leaves. If grown in water the water has to be replaced once in a week . For better growth do not dry or do not overwater the plant.
Ferns ( Pteridophytes)
Ferns are few of the oldest plants. with its lush green leaves it injects a natural beauty to the space . It can be kept as a hanging plant with its pretty looking foliage. Its a evergreen plant which noy only attract toxins such as formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene but also retains moisture levels. Humid conditions are must for the growth of ferns. So keep mist and never let dry the ferns. Ferns are to be let in indirect bright light to grow well.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Commutatum)
Its a sturdy plant which needs lesser maintainance . It has a slow growing nature . Its ability to attract air pollutants and its beautiful spotted leaves makes a home decor plant. It grows well in low light and sheltered spaces. Keep the soil moist but do not overwater it. Its toxic for pets so keep the pets away from this plants
Heart leaf philodendron ( Scandens oxycardium)
Its a popular vine which attracts by its heart shaped leaves. These are one of the easy to care plants which has a propety of cleaning air. This plant can survive in medium and low light. These plants are mostly grown in hanging baskets. Watering weekly once is enough but depends upon the amount of light its exposed to. Water after the soil is dry . This plant also earn a name as ‘not easy to kill’ because its so easy to propagate this plant by simply cutting its node and placing it in other pot with soil or water. Avoid pets near to this plant as its toxic to pets.
Green Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Spider plants are most adapable ones and easy to grow, as they are able to thrive in a wide range of conditions. Its a pleasant looking plant with beautiful arching leaves. We can water them well but let to dry between waterings. These plants prefer bright indirect light. The spider plants are non toxic and safe to kids and pets at home. The NASA Clean Air Study states that this plant was effective at air purifying qualities by removing common indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and xylene.
Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)
These plants have a beatiful wide, oval shaped leaves with lot of variation in spots and colours in it according to the variety it belongs. These leaves begin to raise in upright position and fold them as if in a praying position towards evening, this derives the name for this plant. These plants are often grown in hanging baskets . It doesnt come under the category of a low maintainance plants as it needs more care to grow well. The variety of the plant is differentiated with the red, black and green colour veins which gives a vibrant look to these plants. These plants like to br in bright but indirect sun light. These plants can be watered generously. These plants are non toxic to both humans and pests.
Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata)
Jade plants resemble a tree like structure so said to be a miniature of a tree. They have a tiny tree like trunks and thick leaves. They are popular succulent type of indoor plants which are attractive with their fleshy and oval shaped leaves which can grow from 3 to 6 feet high. Over watering the succulent type of plants will spoil the plant, its better to be too dry for one or two days before we water. Jade plants wish to be in indirect bright light for their growth. These plants are toxic for pets if consumed.
ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Its a versatile plant which can survive in high or low exposure to light. Its a beautiful plant which bring liveness to the place with waxy dark green leaves. Same as the snake plant this plant also has the ability to produce oxygen without the presence of sunlight at night times. Apart from giving a goodlooking to the space it also serves with a purpose . It also attracts air pollutants such as xylene, toluene and carbondioxide. Its a tough plant that it can be grown both in indoor and outdoors. It needs watering twice or thrice a week. Its leaves are said to have medicinal propeties.ZZ
Cacti occur in wide range of sizes and shapes. Almost all cacti are succulents which have thick and fleshy part of leaves which enables them to store water. But all succulents are not cacti. Areoles are an important feature of cacti .These plants can adapt themselves anywhere. Christmas cactus, Old lady cactus, Bunny ear cactus, Barrel cactus, Star cactus, Feather cactus, Parodia are few of the varieties in cacti. A cactus really needs a little attention, can tolerate a dry weather and can thrive even watered for once in two months. It attracts by its shapes, size and flowers. Any cactus is prone to pets.
All these plants are easily available through online stores.
Plants have a healing nature and planting and maintaining them help to reduce our stress levels and it indirectly triggers our productivity. We really feel happy when they are well grown, nurtured or bloomed. And it helps our physical and psychological well being. They add colors and liveness to our living space.
Always keep leaves of the plants clean and free of dust, this helps us to receive more of its benefits and have a pleasant look. Expose them to outdoors periodically to receive sunlight.
To take care of a living thing always serves as a purpose of living for a good human being. It gives you a joy of accomplishing a thing in life and its well being to look healthy or survive or bloom gives you an utter happiness is a bliss. So plant plants and harvest happiness and a stress free environment.