Houseplants have grown in popularity in the past few years, with many more of us bringing the garden inside and having houseplants in our bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms amongst others. Houseplants can be fairly low maintenance, with some almost seeming indestructible and they can easily brighten up any indoor space. It is well known that plants in our living space have great health benefits to us, but they can do more for us than just improve mood and productivity. They can actually improve the air quality in our homes in a number of ways too. However, we need to make sure that we put them in the right place to keep them healthy and happy! Let’s take a look at which plants work best in each room of your house.
Sansevieria (Mother in Law’s Tongue)
The popular Sanseviera, cheekily nicknamed Mother in Law’s tongue for its sharp form, is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. Its strong, sword-like leaves create the perfect plant for a modern home. It is stylish and simple making it loved by interior designers. A good choice for beginners, Sanseviera is near indistructable, only requiring water once every few weeks. She will like a bright room.
These exotic looking Orchids are often referred to as the Pansy Orchid. These colourful orchids make a lovely decorative addition to a living room environment. They will fill your living area with a lovely fragrance and enjoy intermediate to warm conditions in bright (but not direct) sunlight.
If you’ve got the room – and it likes a lot of room! – Monstera deliciosa makes a stunning addition to your living space. This easy-to-grow houseplant can grow to a huge size and live for many years. It works well with many different interior styles and can be a real eye-catching plant to have in your living space.
Ficus benjamina ‘Kinky’
‘Kinky’ is a beautiful houseplant, which boasts fresh pale green and white leaves. This particular variety of Ficus is smaller than most and is delicately attractive. Its compact size makes it a good choice for many, who don’t want houseplants to take up too much space in a room. ‘Kinky’ is also very good at physically filtering toxins from the air, aiding a good night’s sleep.
Keeping an Aloe Vera plant in your bedroom is smart because, unlike most plants, aloe releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide at night. The gel inside the spiky leaves also makes an excellent moisturiser and is a good addition to homemade beauty products. Additionally, it doesn’t require much care, making it a good option for the newer houseplant owner.
The vibrant, long-lasting flowers of Kalanchoes will brighten up your kitchen. They love bright, natural light and as they are succulents with fleshy leaves and stems you don’t want to keep them constantly wet. They need good drainage so water yours well, let it all drain out and then water again when dry.
This great houseplant will be at home anywhere. Hanging or climbing, this houseplant with its distinctive leaves not only makes your home more beautiful, but also starts purifying the air indoors straightaway. It’s no surprise that we consider Scindapsus to be a domestic wonder!
Cacti/Succulents and Dendrobium Orchids also make great kitchen plants.
Nephrolepis (curly fern)
Very low-maintenance, Nephrolepis is a strong, air-purifying plant that requires very little care. A great choice for the bathroom as it thrives on high air humidity but doesn’t like draughts. They will do best when placed in a bright spot, without being exposed to direct sunlight.
Tough little Spider plants are not only easy to take care of, they’re actually hard to kill! They happen to be one of the best plants for the bathroom, since Spiders are one of the few plants that don’t need much light!
What about Bonsai?
Most of the people who are new to bonsai think they are “indoor plants”. This is because in this country it would not survive our change in seasons. In subtropical and tropical environments bonsai are just regular trees. Before you decide to buy one, pop into KOI Water Barn (based here at Coolings) about the best species for your environment.