Spring has sprung, and summer is around the corner. What better way to enjoy the weather and bring a touch of the outdoors inside than with indoor plants?
These five, easy maintenance indoor plants will bring a little green (and oxygen) into your interior.
Today.com has this to say about this easy plant:
“Why you want it: First of all, this indoor plant has an air-purifying quality that can absorb and strip toxins like formaldehyde from materials in the home like carpet. How neat is that? It has trailing stems and works well in a hanging basket or as a climbing plant with some training onto a trellis or whatever object you like that will support it.
How to care for it: This indoor house plant can produce stems that trail eight feet or longer, so just cut them back when they get too long and your plant will continue to look full and healthy. It can thrive in an array of lighting conditions, but low light may diminish the leaves’ variegation. Allow soil to dry somewhat between watering. Pothos does well in an array of normal room temperatures.”
Air purifying? Absorbs and strips toxins? Easy to take care of? … Where do I sign?
The Peace Lily
HousePlantExperts.com provides this information about the Peace Lily:
“Removing pollutants: A study performed by NASA and Dr Wolverton to determine how plants can remove pollutants was conducted. As you can see, the list here tells us the peace lily removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethane, and others. I’m not an expert on pollutants, however, something tells me these don’t sound like something I want to be inhaling, so if a few plants can help, I’m in.
Flowering: The white lily flowers (known as a spathe) begin blooming with a twist at first before flourishing and revealing it’s yellow or white spadix in the center. The right light conditions are required for the flowers to bloom which can last a couple of months.
I had one that produced one flower the first spring and then three the year later.. so it seems as they mature the more they can produce, with enough light. They usually bloom springtime, sometimes later.
Foliage: The lance shaped (long..wide in the middle) dark green glossy leaves grow outwards and droop, and grow to around 6 inches long. Cleaning them gently with a soft sponge will keep them looking healthy and attractive.
Where they like to reside: Because the peace lily is a fairly small plant in height and width they are suitable to place where you see fit. It’s important to make sure the place has plenty of light, but not direct sunlight to prevent damaging the leaves. The best environment they prefer is light and shade throughout a day.”
Another beautiful, easy plant that removes pollutants from the air? Yes, please.
The Moth Orchid
SouthernLiving.com says that:
“Moth orchids are great year-round, but they’re especially well-suited for cold days when you’re spending a lot of time indoors. Their elegant flowers will brighten tables and windowsills in your home for months at a time. Don’t be intimidated by their exotic appearance. They need very little to thrive inside.
Kate Santos loves moth orchids. “Dr. Kate,” as her coworkers call her, is director of research and development for Costa Farms near Miami. It’s the largest grower of indoor plants in the South. “Moth orchids are perfect for new gardeners because they are some of the easiest orchids to grow,” Kate explains. “They also do not require a lot of attention, which makes them great for people who don’t have a lot of extra time.” Even experienced gardeners enjoy these easy flowers, she says, because new variations in flower color, size, and bloom become available each year, so gardeners can add to their existing collections.”
Intimidated by orchids? Start with the Moth Orchid. As you can see above, it’s a low maintenance, beautiful plant for the busy working American who still desires a little organic material inside.
The Lemon Tree
According to GoingHometoRoost.com, the Lemon Tree:
“Serve two purposes: to supply beautiful fragrant blooms and to provide delicious lemons for much of the year! They are hardy plants that can be moved to a patio for the summer and inside for the winter. These trees are always either flowering or blooming!
grow: in moderate light; 55-85°F. keep soil moist, and well drained.
size: up to 8 feet tall.”
Lemons are beautiful and fragrant, and lemon juice makes for a delicious addition to many drinks and dishes. I have a feeling the lemon tree will be making an appearance in my home very soon.
The Pachira Aquatica
ApartmentTherapy.com shares that:
“The Pachira aquatica is also known as the money tree, guiana chestnut or the saba nut. Because this tropical tree thrives near wetlands and swamps, it loves soil that is moist at all times. Hence, the kill-proof factor. It also thrives in indirect light so growing it indoors is no problem. Just position it in the brightest area of your home. (Wiki)
How to care for the Pachira aquatica:
• This plant loves moisture but you should never let it stand in water. Good drainage is essential.
• Position this plant in bright indirect light indoors, turning it everytime you water it for even growth and leafing.
• Water this plant consistently. 1 – 2 times per week depending on humidity. Make sure you water all the topsoil, just until the water starts leaking out the drain holes.
• For optimal longevity, lightly fertilize the Pachira 3 – 4 times a year with a water-soluble fertilizer. (I use an easy one that you scatter on the topsoil that gradually dissolves with each watering.)”
While money may not actually grow on this tree, it will save you some dinero as it is very hard to kill. I love the braided trunk!
Well there you have it! Five indoor plants that will liven up your space, and in some cases, even purify it. Plants are essential accessories and any of the above would make a great addition to your home.
Will you be purchasing any of these? Better yet, do you have one or more in your home? We would love to hear from you!
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