Nurturing a plant indoors is one great way to liven up a home. Aesthetically-speaking, plants can become an all-natural decoration that can accentuate any room inside a house.
For instance, living rooms can definitely look lovelier with an indoor blowing plant. Toilets and Bath meantime will have fresher air with a small indoor plant. Herbs meanwhile are best in the kitchen area as it is like hitting two birds with one stone – herbs are decorative, and at the same time it can be used in cooking.
This article aims to help you decide on the indoor plants that are best for your home, taking into consideration your lifestyle, preferences, as well as needs. Plants may look complicated to nurture, but most of the time, once you got the right variety, they will thrive into your own home and lend more life to it. In fact, it literally breathes life to your indoor air as one of the main benefits of having houseplants is having a natural air purifier inside the home.
Apart from providing you with a guide on indoor plants, we will be discussing the many benefits of having indoor plants, the different types and uses, as well as what you will be needing to plant indoors.
Indoor plants are very beneficial to the homeowners as well as all the occupants of a home. Nurturing one (or many) comes with a lot of advantages. Here are some of the major benefits of nurturing plants at home:
In one of its web entries, WikiPedia mentioned about the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA’s Clean Air Study that backs up the claim that plants clean indoor air.
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“The NASA Clean Air Study has been led by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in association with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA). Its results suggest that certain common indoor plants may provide a natural way of removing toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air, helping neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome…NASA researchers suggest efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space.” Read the continuation of this WikiPedia entry here.
The best indoor plants for clean air are out there for you to nurture.
“In the great outdoors, plant roots tap the groundwater table for water which then evaporates through its leaves in a process known as transpiration. Studies show that this accounts for about 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere! The same thing happens at home (minus the groundwater table part), which increases the humidity indoors.
While this may sound unappealing during hot moist months, it’s a gift during drier months or if you live in an arid clime. According to Bayer Advanced, studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.
And other research reveals that higher absolute humidity is conducive for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus.” Read the other benefits of indoor plants enumerated by Treehugger.com in their article here.
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UK-Based Media Agency, The Guardian quoted a study that proves just that. “Offices devoid of pictures, souvenirs or any other distractions are ‘the most toxic space’ you can put a human into, say psychologists in a paper published on Monday, which says workers perform better when household plants are added to workplaces…
Dr Chris Knight from Exeter University and his fellow psychologists, who have been studying the issue for 10 years, concluded that employees were 15% more productive when "lean" workplaces are filled with just a few houseplants, as employees who actively engage with their surroundings are better workers.” Check out the continuation of this article here.
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“Orchids have a bad reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but really, the opposite is true. On our last trip to Costa Farms, we learned that orchids actually love to be neglected and most people end up killing their orchids with kindness (too much water and sunlight).
Aside from being easy to take care of, orchids rid the air of xylene—a pollutant found in many glues and paints—so they make wonderful housewarming gifts for anyone who recently moved into or renovated a new space. Unlike some other plants, orchids also respire and give off oxygen at night, so they’re great for the bedroom.” The continuation of the quoted write up can be found here.
So what are our most recommended indoor plants for your home? Below are some of our suggested plants, plus a brief description on what it is best for, what it can do for your home and how much effort it will take for you to grow and nurture it.
1. Moth Orchid. Low maintenance, and highly aesthetic, this indoor plant known scientifically as the Phalaenopsis lends charm to any room in your home. It is one of the best indoor plant low light to nurture.
Gardenista.com describes how it should be cared for: “Your moth orchid dislikes direct sunlight and should be potted in a mix of pine bark or sphagnum peat moss (not potting soil). Water it once every 7 to 10 days (poke your finger into the planter to make sure it’s dry to a depth of 1 inch before watering). Humidity makes orchids happy; bring yours into the bathroom when you shower.”
Now that you are already familiar with some plant varieties that can be easily grown and nourished at home, it is now time to get busy with caring for plants. Here are some tips in growing houseplants:
Indoor house plants are a joy to nurture when one discovers the happiness in caring for plants. Learn more about the plants that you wish to nourish. Enjoy caring for them. Let the plants send the good vibes back to your home by purifying your air, and making your home space even more attractive and relaxing.
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