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10 Easy Plants To Grow Indoors

Indoor plants

Pot it like it’s hot.

Indoor plants not only serve well as botanical decor for your home but also function as an air purifier to combat toxins within a room. Isolation has forced a lot of us to stay indoors, handing us an extended amount of time to focus on the small things, like what corner needs a leafy addition. But what plants are the best for your house? Here’s a list to help you find the plants that aren’t just low maintenance but act as a natural purifier.

1. Spider Plant <em>Chlorophytum comosum</em>

1. Spider Plant Chlorophytum comosum

They might sound horrifying but don’t worry, these plants do NOT attract spiders! These plants are easy to grow in a bright environment and tend to vine so give them some space. They’re incredibly low maintenance, so brilliant for any forgetful owners out there who just want some foliage for their home. Fun fact: Spider plants tend to flower, so watch out for those little sprouts.

2. Peace Lily <em>Spathiphyllum</em>

2. Peace Lily Spathiphyllum

Now here’s one for your mind, body and soul; the Peace Lily. These plants work well if you don’t have a heap of space or light. They enjoy shady environments and are one of those plants who will let you know when they need to be watered. If they droop, they need a drink! They bloom in the summer with large white flowers and are known to be quick growers.

3. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue <em>Dracaena trifasciata</em>

3. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Dracaena trifasciata

The Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is the most unique pick on our list, growing snake-like leaves that speckle between shades of green. They’re a succulent plant so they can handle almost anything, just water them occasionally and watch them grow within your home. Night owls, consider this plant for your room as they emit oxygen at night while simultaneously absorbing carbon dioxide, purifying the air and giving you a better night’s sleep.

4. Aloe Vera <em>Aloe barbadensis miller</em>

4. Aloe Vera Aloe barbadensis miller

Want a plant that can do more than just grow? Aloe Vera is your go-to. Not only is it a great air purifier the plant retains healing properties that can repair wounds. They will relieve any sunburn at just a crack of a leaf. These grow well in pots but remember to poke a hole at the bottom as it’s important to drain them after watering.

5. Pothos plant <em>Epipremnum aureum</em>

5. Pothos plant Epipremnum aureum

The pothos plant offers real designer finishes to a home, producing cascading tendrils, perfect for adding interest to a relatively plain space. Not only that, but they’re also highly versatile and happy to grow in either water or pots; plus they combat household toxins. Water once a week in the summer, and when dry in winter and you’ll be watching its heart-shaped leaves grow by the day.

6. Rubber Plants <em>Ficus elastica</em>

6. Rubber Plants Ficus elastica

What would fill a spare corner better than a small indoor tree? Rubber plants are one of the darker indoor plants, growing large, rich leaves that add a little class to any space. They’re super hardy, only requiring a weekly water and grow rapidly. This is the perfect choice if you’re after a centrepiece or statement plant.

7. Areca palms <em>Dypsis lutescens</em>

7. Areca palms Dypsis lutescens

Let’s get tropical! Areca Palms are brilliant for eliminating toxins and add a touch of paradise to your home. They’re brilliant for large spaces as their leaves tend to sprawl out. Thankfully, Areca Palms are also non-toxic for your furry friends, so don’t panic as it consumes the floor or its surrounds. Remember to water them a lot during the summer, otherwise, they are happy to grow on their own.

8. Swiss Cheese Plant <em>Monstera deliciosa</em>

8. Swiss Cheese Plant Monstera deliciosa

The Swiss Cheese Plant is a classic, but still very stylish option when decorating your home with house plants. The Monstera is a favourite not only for its unique leaves but also its simplicity when taking care of them. Only requiring a splash of water weekly, be sure to keep them in a bright environment with indirect sunlight and watch it grow generously while purifying the air.

9. Boston Fern <em>Nephrolepis exaltata</em>

9. Boston Fern Nephrolepis exaltata

Boston ferns are perfect if you are looking for a plant that will grow substantial foliage in a short amount of time. The Boston Fern enjoys high humidity and consistently moist soil, so will thrive in a bathroom that has a window. Not only beautiful on the outside,  also break down the pollutants in the root’s system, acting as a natural air purifier for your home.

10. Mums <em>Chrysanthemums</em>

10. Mums Chrysanthemums

When decorating your home with house plants, consider incorporating colour. Mums spruce up a space with their blooming flowers in a range of hues creating a wholesome, yet trendy vibe for your home. These plants are one of the best for air purification, however, they require slightly more attention than the rest of the plants on this list. Ensure they have good airflow and a bright environment. Only water with warm water and let them dry between drinks.

Want to take your love of plants to the next level? Improve your green thumb by growing your own vegetables for this season’s soups!

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