I really can't remember a time I didn't have houseplants. I've always had plants and usually quite a few of them. But not everyone has. Spending much more time at home right now has created an interest in safe hobbies to help pass the increased amount of time many of us are spending indoors.
We're Online Much MoreDeveloping an appreciation for plants and spaces filled with attractive greenery is being fueled by additional hours spent online. While scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, or some other site, it’s easy to become entranced by photos of beautiful green interiors. You may want to create your own cozy spaces like those currently being pictured in so many posts.
Health Benefits of HouseplantsHouseplants clean the air in our homes. They've been scientifically proven to absorb gases and VOCs through pores on the surface of their leaves. Microorganisms living in the soil of potted plants also play an instrumental role in neutralizing these VOCs and other pollutants.
Other BenefitsPlants can fill empty spaces in a corner or wall space where something is needed. For example, large houseplants placed next to pieces of furniture can fill a corner of a room. They also add softness against angular lines or hard surfaces, making them perfect for bathrooms. Other benefits of indoor plants include boosting creativity and productivity, reducing stress, and generating feelings of well-being.
Easy Houseplants to Grow
Will They Survive in My Environment?
The secret to keeping a houseplant alive is giving it the amount of light, humidity, and water it prefers when growing in its natural habitat. Most houseplants fall into one of two categories: tropicals (palms, ferns, and vines) or succulents.
A rule for houseplant care: tropical plants like humidity and succulents like dry warmth. Everything else falls somewhere in between.
The most common houseplants are native to warm, frost-free parts of the world and can be grown indoors in colder climates in portable containers or miniature gardens. Most houseplants are native to the tropics and sub-tropics. Those that make the best indoor specimens are the species that adjust easily to the warm, dry conditions usually found in indoor living spaces.
The most popular houseplant of this decade, the fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus lyrata), comes from the West African rainforest. If you purchase one, be prepared to baby it.
Succulents Are Trending
Some current trendy succulents include:
Epiphyllum anguliger (fishbone cactus)
Gasteria species (ox tongue)
Sedum morganianum (donkey's tail, below right)
Aphelandra squarrosa (zebra plant)
Aeonium arboreum (pinwheel desert rose)
Pachyphytum oviferum (moonstones)
Crassula perforata (string of buttons)
Fenestraria (baby toes)