What is a better way to decorate than by using live plants? Houseplants can add character and texture to any room, and can also be beneficial by increasing air quality and air moisture. – there are so many benefits of having indoor plants around your house. However, it can be hard to know which varieties of plants are suitable for indoor conditions plus how to properly care for them.
We’ve rounded up the top 5 best indoor plants that will thrive within the four walls of your home.
Spathiphyllum, commonly known as the Peace Lily, has long been a popular house plant, especially since NASA featured it in its list of best air purifying options. It has glossy, dark green foliage and stunning white flowers, usually growing between 45 to 65 centimetres tall. These tropical plants thrive in bright, indirect light, it can handle low light but that may cause it to bloom poorly. A peace lily will usually only need to be watered and misted once a week in warmer months, less often in winter. They hate soggy or wet soil and they’re prone to root rot so let the plants dry out a bit between waterings. Be sure to wipe down the foliage to prevent dust from building up. Make sure it is kept away from pets or children who may be tempted to chew it, as the plant is poisonous and may cause severe discomfort if ingested.
String of Pearls
With its long tendrils of trailing foliage covered in pea-like beads, the unique String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) creeping succulent is an ideal plant to add to a quirky room. Pot in well-draining sandy soil and place in a spot where its trailing foliage can hang down and cascade freely. Give it a drink every two weeks in summer and once a month in winter. This plant likes bright light, including direct sunlight.
Tip: Keep in a spot out of reach of drafts, open windows and air-conditioning vents as the cold air can cause leaf drop. String of Pearls is somewhat toxic so keep out of reach of children and pets.
These are some of the prettiest indoor plants. They’re voluminous, producing loads of big, glossy, dark green leaves that look striking against a big decorative pot. Fiddle-leaf figs are very trendy and are the plants you’ll often see in the glossy pages of home design magazines. Given the size of the leaves, these plants will clean the air in your home more efficiently than other plants. But keep in mind that these plants are fussy. They hate too much light or not enough. They hate wind, draughts or air conditioners. They also hate being moved too much and can drop their leaves if unhappy. Water only when the top layers of the soil are dry. Keep it in a bright area away from direct sunlight.
Swiss Cheese Plant
There’s no doubt you’ve seen the “swiss cheese plant” all over Pinterest as they’re one of the most popular indoor plants going around right now. Their lush green leaves with distinctive holes make a stunning statement in any room and they can grow to fit any space. Monstera plants prefer a warm climate away from direct sunlight and they benefit from regular cleaning with a soft, damp cloth. Let the top 4cm of soil dry out between watering as over watering may lead to root rot, signs of this are yellowing or wilting leaves, for best results Monsteras should enjoy conditions that are fairly moist so avoid artificial heating and cooling, they will require monthly feeding in spring and summer when planted in containers. In its natural habitat, Monsteras like climbing so provide it with some kind of stake or trellis for support.
If you’re prepared to give a Maidenhair Fern the TLC it needs then it can make a beautiful addition to your home. They have feathery, light green leaves with soft shiny stems and they make a great hanging plant. Not only do they look fragile, Maidenhair Ferns truly are the goldilocks of the plant world when it comes to care instructions. They require not too much light, but not too little, growing well in a warm spot with a bit of humidity. DIY rainforest environment by placing a saucer filled with pebbles beneath the potted plant. Fill the saucer with water to just below the top of the pebbles and s the water evaporates, it creates a humid microclimate around the plant.