We all know that spending time in nature is good for us. But what happens when we can’t head out to the country for a hike? Well, many of the benefits of the natural world are still available to us when we choose to bring plants into our homes and offices.
Indeed, not only do indoor plants brighten up the place by creating interest and texture, but scientific studies point to additional benefits as well. Such benefits include increased productivity, better focus, higher air quality, an increase in humidity in the home, and even boosts to the immune system! All that from a few little plants!
Of course, now you know all the advantages of adding indoor plants to your home, you are probably wondering which ones you should choose. Fortunately, you can read all about the 10 best plants to keep in your home and office below.
Top 10 plants
The first plant you should consider for your home or office is the ficus. Indeed, large-leafed plants such as these are trending at the moment, as they provide a sense of serenity to any indoor space.
The ficus is also a great choice for anyone looking to purify the air of their home or office. It’s pretty easy to look after too as it only requires a light misting from time to, and bright, but indirect light. Although if you are looking for maximum success with an indoor ficus keeping it well away from drafts is essential.
- SPIDER PLANT
The next plant you should consider displaying in your home is the spider plant. In fact for those of us that don’t have a great track record with plants the spider plant can be a great solution. The reason for this is that they are one of the easiest plants to keep, and are happy in a range of soil types. The sweet little things will even forgive you if you don’t water them every day. All while doing their very best to filter out nasties like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide from the air.
They are even mostly safe for pets. Although spider plants have been known to cause slight hallucinations in cats, which means if you have a kitty you may want to choose one of the other options mentioned!
- BOSTON FERN
Another of the most green and pleasant plants on our top ten list is the Boston fern. Used to being at home on the dark and humid forest floor, Boston ferns are a brilliant choice for the bathroom in particular.
They are non-toxic to pets too, and you won’t need to repot them unless you want them to get bigger. The only thing to remember with Boston ferns is that, while they love moisture, too much in the soil can make them unhappy. That is why you always need to ensure any pot you place them in has holes so excess water can drain away.
- RUBBER TREE
Similar in looks to the ficus, a rubber tree can grow to great heights, even indoors, which makes it perfect for anyone looking to create a focal point or dramatic accent . They are also adept at filtering the air and are largely unbothered by disease which means you can expect rubber treeto last over the long term.
- ENGLISH IVY
The trailing leaves of an english ivy plant can add an attractive ‘cottagecare’ feel to any home. Yet the benefits of this smart little plant do not end with its looks. Indeed, it is also a powerhouse of detoxification with one study showing that english ivy can reduce pollutants such as dog feces and mold in the air.
Hedera Helix, as it is also known, loves bright sunlight and humidity but also likes to be kept on the cool side for the best results.
The eye-catching leaves of the dieffenbachia plant make it a fun and interesting choice for any home. It also does very well in shady spots which makes the dumb cane, or Dieffenbachia, a smart choice for the office.
Care is relatively simple too as the dieffenbachia requires only well-drained moist soil to soar to a height of around 5ft!
- GERBERA DAISY
Bright, sunny, and colorful it is really hard to be in a bad mood when you are looking at the blooms of a gerbera daisy! Of course, this makes them a pleasing decorative addition to both the home or the office.
You’ll be satisfied to note that they can survive indoors with only minimal care too, even through the winter! Just make sure that you provide them with plenty of water in the summer, and a little less when the weather gets cooler.
- WAX BEGONIA
Producing flowers all year round, the wax begonia is the ideal choice for anyone looking to inject some color into their home or office. The blooms of the wax begonia come in red, white, and pink, and it will be very happy indoors as long as you keep it humid, by placing it in a tray with pebbles and water.
To ensure your wax begonia flowers all year round, be sure to deadhead the blooms that are past their prime.
- MONEY TREE
Slow to grow but easy to care for the money tree needs only occasional watering. It does however prefer bright sunlight whenever possible, but rarely if ever wants repotting, making it an excellent easy-care option for the home.
A long-time symbol of good luck and prosperity, the money tree offers several specific benefits including reductions in headaches, asthma, and eye irritation.
10. DWARF AZALEA
As happy in the heat as in the cold, dwarf azalea is our final indoor plant pick. However, unlike their rhododendron cousins, the dwarf azaleas you can get from your local flower shop are more than comfortable inside because they enjoy indirect light.
Once you have your dwarf azalea all you will need to do is keep the soil moist, and it will reward you with stunning blooms, and cleaner air!
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