Why Indoor Plants are an absolute must!
Indoor plants are wonderful! Not only do they bring a sense of joy, colour, and life to any indoor space; they do so while they continually grow, transforming your space into a happier and healthier home. Bringing a sense of the beauty of the outside inside for the locals to the Garden Route.
If living décor isn’t enough to get you excited by the idea of indoor plants, here are a few benefits of having plants inside your home:
- Indoor plants absorb Carbon Dioxide and produce Oxygen.
- They purify the air by removing toxins and pollutants.
- They can help deter illness, ease tension, and lower stress.
- They help create a relaxed and calmer environment
- They help with improved concentration, enhanced creativity, and increased productivity.
- The air-purifying and filtering properties of indoor plants ultimately foster a healthier and happier working and living environment.
Liven up your home with some indoor plants which don’t need a lot of water and don’t mind a little neglect. These are a few of the perfect indoor plants for those who don’t have green fingers:
- Nephrolepis Cordifolia, commonly known as Sword Fern.
Water: Ferns enjoy regular watering with the aim to keep the soil moist, not soggy.
Positioning & Care: Ferns need bright indirect light, like near a sunny window for optimal light absorption. They will endure cooler temperatures but prefer warmer rooms.
Special feature: They are considered a great bathroom plant and generally do well in hanging baskets because of their natural bushy and droopy form.
- Epipremnum Aureum commonly called Pothos or Devils Ivy.
Water: If you are one to neglect watering; Pothos is your plant! They like their soil to become slightly drier between waterings.
Positioning & Care: If leaves become pale, this indicates too much light. Pothos will endure low light conditions, but bright indirect light is best, as on shelves.
Special Feature: Excellent atop floating shelves and cascading down cabinets or fridges to take advantage of the beautiful trailing leaves. Also great with humidity and will adore living in your bathroom.
- Aglaonema commonly known as the Chinese Evergreen.
Water: Watering every second week in winter and once a week in summer is ideal for this plant. It likes the soil to be moist but not too wet. Fertilize with a water-soluble fertilizer once a year the plant starts to age.
Positioning & Care: Darker rooms that don’t get much sunlight really are perfect for Aglaonema, such as bedrooms, studies, offices, TV rooms, and lounges.
Special Feature: The remarkable thing about this plant is its ability to absorb benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide from the air. It is also a great plant for beginners because of its ease of care.
- Spathiphyllum, commonly known as Spath or Peace Lily.
Water: If a Spathiphyllum is in too small a pot it will wilt. Potting in a large pot will enable more water to be retained, and it can then be watered once a week. Brown leaves are indicative of too dry soil, although they can go happily with barely moist soil, and will not tolerate soggy soil at all.
Positioning & Care: Intense afternoon light should be avoided. Indirect filtered light is best for these plants. Too much fertilizer will cause green flowers, whilst not enough fertilizer will see a flowerless plant; so fertilize with plant food once a month.
Special Feature: With the ability to increase room humidity by 5%, these plants not only remove toxins from the air but are an excellent natural humidifier in any bedroom. They can also grow to great sizes with very little effort.
Warning: It should be noted that this plant contains calcium oxalate, which is toxic to pets. So, make sure to keep it safely out of reach of the masters of the house!
- Ficus Lyrata, most popularly called the Fiddle Leaf Fig.
Water: Pot in well-draining soil and water once a week, watering until the water drains out of the holes of the bottom of its pot. Drain all excess water out of the drip tray. Mist the leaves in very warm weather. Over-watering causes splodgy brown patterns in the leaves. Under-watering causes the leaves to brown on the edges and curl.
Positioning & Care: Indirect sun, as well as some morning direct sunlight, is the optimal mix for this plant. As this indoor plant can become a large tree up to 3m in height, it should be placed in a sturdy pot on the ground.
Special Feature: Makes an excellent feature in any lounge or bedroom and a statement piece in your entrance hall or office.
- The Monstera Deliciosa commonly known as the Delicious Monster.
Water: This plant is a heavy feeder and requires sufficient fertilizing to grow to its fullest potential. Wait until the top few centimeters of the soil is dry until watering, and then water well until it drains. Empty the drip tray. Water once a week in hotter months and reduce watering in cooler months.
Positioning & Care: This plant does not need an excess of direct sunlight to thrive. Delicious Monsters grow to a large size, and will soon overtake a small space, meaning it is not ideal for a windowsill. It’s jungle style, tender leaves will at some stage need support – stakes are handy for this.
Special Feature: The leaves can grow to 30cm in length, with the plant itself able to grow 3m in height.
It may seem far-fetched that greenery can have such a marked effect on our daily lives, but the results speak for themselves. The benefits of indoor plants and their ability to filter harmful toxins and pollutants make the air inside occupied indoor spaces more breathable and ultimately assist in transforming a room into a living space. In short, the benefits of indoor plants far outweigh the effort it takes to cultivate and sustain them.