Junglefy your home and by doing so enhance the air you breathe! All of that by simply adding some plants to your home! In this blog post we share our top 5 indoor plants which are not only beautiful, but improve indoor air quality. So let’s get to it…
1. Swiss Cheese Plant
The Swiss Cheese Plant, or “Delicious Monster”, based on its botanical name Monstera Deliciosa, displays some of the most interestingly beautiful leaves. The leaves, when young, are full but as it matures they form holes and slits as to prevent damage (ripping and breaking) from heavy winds and downpours in its natural tropical habitats in South America. While beautiful, you need to be prepared to provide some extra space within you home. This plant is able to grow up to 20 m (66 ft) high and its leaves can reach 25-90 cm (10-35.5 in) by 25-75 cm (10-29.5 in). So make sure you have the space for it!
Otherwise this climbing shrub is an ideal plant for a large rooms like lobbies, hotel or restaurant foyer. Their aerial roots (roots that grow outside of soil, like orchids) are great for air purification.
Care: It grows best between 20-30 °C (68-86 °F) and requires moderate to high humidity with plenty of light, but no direct sun sunlight. They are rather easy to take care of, making them great for the home and only requires semi-regular watering. When the soil is dry to the touch, water it evenly. As the leaves of large, occasionally wiping them down with a damp rag will help prevent dust and mites. For more information on the swiss cheese plant and detailed care instructions check out the House Plant Experts’ write up.
2. Peace Lily
The Peace Lily has beautiful dark green leaves and white “flowers”. Interesting fact: what most people think of as the flower is actually a special leaf that grows and prottects the flowers. Personally I love how bushy they are but still have the long, straight growing flowers. The real benefit of this plant however is their ability to filter air.
Peace Lilies can help reduce the levels of mold spores that grow in some homes by absorbing them through their leaves and circulating them through their roots. Because of this, the Peace Lilly is a perfect plant for any bathroom.
Care: It grows best between the temperatures of 20–30 °C (68–86 °F) and requires high humidity and shade. An average levels of watering is required.
3. The Cast Iron Plant
The Aspidistra Elatior, also known as Iron Plant and Ballroom Plant, is an extremely easy indoor plant. This chinease native is a member of the lily family and grows little flowers near to the soil. Personally, I appreciate this plant because it prefers the shade. Living in a European apartment where big window fronts are not typical, shady corners are always a problem area for plants. The Iron Plant is ideal for those difficult to fill, shady areas.
Care: Since this plant is a rather slow growing, it does not need too much water or sunlight. Moderately water once a week and occasically use a all-purpose fertilizer. With those easy care instructions, you should be good to go!
4. Dieffenbachia (or green magic)
This plant is a tropical rain forests plant and looks it. This wildly textured, big leaved plant is native to South and Central America. Because of it’s stunning patterned leaves, this plant is a real eyecatcher. In (sub-)tropical regions it can reach a height of 2 metres, so watch out!
What I really love is the variety of designs this plant comes in. My favorite though are the ones with simple green leaves and a sigle white strip in the middle.
Care: This plant needs lots of light (however, not direct sunlight). Usually somewhere around 3 metres from a window is ideal. It should be kept at a warm place (18-23 degrees centigrade). This plant appreciates high humidity (60-70%). Spray this plant a lot and regularly. 2 or 3 times a day even! For more information on the dieffenbachia and detailed care instructions check out bakker.com
5. Succulents and cactus
To pick just one of these little guys would not give justice to this species. Succulents look best if assembled in a collective. You really can’t go wrong with them and it doesn’t matter how many succulent you have in your house, how small or tall they are or what color they have. Somehow nature was genious enough to simply make them all look good together! I guess nature already know that there will be a substantial amount of people that simply can’t keep a normal plant alive and came up with these super plants. 🙂 If alone in a pot or together on a shelf, they just work.
Care: Taking care of them is easy. If you prefer to mist them, I would suggest to do so weekly. If you properly water them, only do so about twice a month. Make sure they get some light, however there is no need for direct sunlight. These plants also survive in shadier areas of the home.
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So there you have it, our top 5 Indoor plants (at least for the moment 🙂 )