If you have a penchant for plants and gardening, you are also very likely to love those pops of green here and there in your indoors. Be it at home or work, a dash of green in a corner of your living room or a hanging creeper in your balcony obviously helps in beautifying your indoor spaces. Plants have the ability to keep the air healthy and the sight of them even calms the mind. So, before you get a plant home, read on to learn all about the plants that are practically immortal, and add aesthetic appeal to indoor spaces.
1. Aloe Vera
The Egyptians called aloe vera the ‘plant of immortality’, and this plant is known for its numerous medicinal values. The gel of aloe vera leaves can be used topically to treat insect bites, dry skin conditions, minor cuts and burns, and many other skin and hair issues. All you need to do is place an Aloe plant in a pot near a window. This semi-tropical plant requires infrequent watering.
2. Boston Fern
Boston Fern has frilly leaves and long, hanging fronds. Native to tropical and sub-tropical rainforests, it needs to be placed on a windowsill that receives indirect sunlight. Due to its high humidity tolerance, the kitchen or the bathroom are good places to place a Boston Fern. During the warm months, new fronds appear and the soil needs to be kept moist but not saturated. In winter, you can let the soil dry before watering the plant.
3. Cacti And Succulents
Growing cacti and other succulents can be highly rewarding as it is impossible to kill them. Only when the soil becomes very dry, you can quench their thirst by watering them. Just place them on the windowsill or on the sunniest spot at your home and neglect watering them often.
Dracaena adds a touch of greenery to malls, apartment blocks, and office spaces. These plants have a pleasant appearance and purify the air incredibly. Over 40 species of Dracaena are available. This plant is undemanding in terms of light, humidity, and watering, so you can place it in indirect sunlight and keep the soil moist but not wet.
5. English Ivy
English Ivy has been rated as one of NASA’s top plants that purify air. It can improve the symptoms of asthma and allergies and also, has the incredible ability to remove feces and mold from the surrounding air. It gives a pretty sight when you hang it in a basket or place it on a ledge as the leaves trail down. This is an evergreen vine, requires moderate sunlight, and has no preference for moist soil and cool temperature. Remember to keep the English Ivy away from children and pets as it is toxic in nature.
6. Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle Leaf Fig has an eye-catching beauty about it. With large, dark leaves, this plant looks like it is a lot more than it actually is. You can keep this plant and show off your gardening abilities incredibly. Fiddle Leaf Fig requires bright and indirect sunlight and must be watered only when the top inch of the soil goes dry. The favorable temperature of this plant is 65 to 75 degrees F.
7. Snake Plant
Snake Plant is also known as ‘Mother-in-Law’s tongue’, and it grows upright. It often has white or yellow edged leaves and white flowers rarely bloom on it. This plant emits oxygen during the night and takes in carbon dioxide. This results in making the quality of air better and results in healthier sleeping patterns. This hardy plant can survive low light conditions and drought, is not prone to insect infestations, and is possibly the best plant for those who lack gardening skills. All you need to do is place your Snake Plant in indirect sunlight and allow it to dry out between the watering days.
8. Spider Plant
Commonly found in waiting rooms and public spaces, the spider plant has the amazing ability to remove odor, fumes, and almost 90% formaldehyde from the air. You just need to place your Spider Plant in bright or medium lighting conditions and keep the soil evenly moist. It requires temperature of 40 to 85 degrees F.
Next time you visit the nursery, choose to bring these eternal plants home, so that they give you company all your life.