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Indoor plants can add great benefits to your home. Not only do they enhance the atmosphere, but they can even improve your health! That said, many homeowners are hesitant to keep indoor plants for fear of the upkeep. While leafy, verdant plants make your home more lively, a home full of dead plants is just depressing. Luckily, there are some great plants for beginners that even the least nurturing homeowners will have a hard time killing. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these hardy plants will thrive in your home.
The Snake Plant, while original native to West Africa, proves to be a sturdy indoor plant that can grow just about anywhere. The large, wide leaves add a tropical look to your home. These plants even remove toxins from the air, which can make your home a healthier place to live. Best of all, these plants are easy to care for and hard to kill. They only need to be watered occasionally and don’t need any specific kind of lighting.
The Spider Plant is one of the most popular houseplants, and for good reason. When kept in a bright spot with moist soil, these plants will thrive. If you notice the tips of the spider plant browning, don’t become alarmed. These brown bits will not harm the plant’s overall health. Flushing the plant through with a good watering can help bring life back into these browned bits. Make sure to use distilled water or rainwater, as fluoride in tap water can contribute to browning. If this method does not help, you can always trim back the damaged leaves with scissors. As your plant grows, you may notice smaller “baby” plants growing on the ends. These plants can then be repotted, which can then add even more beautiful greenery to your home.
People unfamiliar with plants sometimes confuse succulents with cacti. The key to remember is that all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. As such, succulents are plants that have adapted to survive well with minimal watering. This makes them the perfect choice for folks who frequently continue to water their plants.
Aloe is another popular type of succulent that requires low maintenance. Rather than consistent watering, simply spraying the leaves of your aloe plant should be enough to keep it flourishing. Aloe plants can come in various sizes, so you can decide which one works for you. Small aloe plants can be a great addition to your kitchen windowsill. An aloe plant can also be a practical and functional plant to keep in your home. If you break one of the thick leaves open, you can use the cool, soothing liquid inside to treat burns.
If you want something different from the typical greeny, leafy indoor plants, a bromeliad can be a great choice. These plants feature beautiful, bright-coloured foliage. This makes them perfect to display in your home.
Another good flowering option for homeowners who want a plant with colour is the Peace Lily. These plants bloom bright, white, spoon-shaped flowers that will grow intermittently throughout the year. The Peace Lily tolerates both low humidity and low light, so keep your AC on in the summer time won’t hurt it one bit.
Ivy is another popular plant variety for keeping indoors. This surprises some plant novices since the thin vines of Ivy make it look almost fragile. In reality, Ivy grows so successfully that you may soon find yourself having too much of it!
The best place for your Ivy is a high shelf or a hanging pot. This gives the vines room to grow downward, which creates a lovely effect.
If you have a little bit of extra space in your home for a somewhat bigger plant, a ficus is a good option. These plants grow a couple of feet high, which makes them a good statement piece to add to your living room or dining room. Another neat feature of the Ficus is the thick, woody stem. This stem makes the plant almost look like a small tree, and adds a very unique feel.
Do you love palm trees, but don’t live in the right environment to plant one in your front yard? Then a Parlor Palm is the perfect choice to make you feel like you’re in your favorite tropical escape. These plants can grow up to eight feet high and three feet wide. They fit nicely in an unused corner and are not fussy when it comes to light or temperature.
Philodendrons are classic houseplants, largely because they adapt effectively to most indoor settings. These plants grow quickly, so it’s fairly easy to start with a small plant that quickly propagates. Also, it withstands low light, which makes it a good choice for placing on mantels or bookcases. One factor to keep in mind with these plants is that the leaves can be toxic to pets. For this reason, you will want to keep them up high if you have dogs at home.
If you don’t have much experience caring for plants, these plants for beginners are a great place to start. These plants will both liven up your home and boost your confidence.
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