PLANTS, PLANTS, PLANTS
Plants add life and colour to any environment, so if you are not blessed with a large outdoor area, indoor plants are a sure way to spruce up some liveliness into your home and purify the air. Indoor plants are suitable for any space, whether it be large or small, and believe it or not, there are many plants that require very little maintenance. If you have been avoiding indoor plants because you are concerned that they are too difficult to keep and will need daily care, think again and reconsider! The following is a list of 10 indoor plants that are survivors of all environments.
1. Air Plants
Air plants, or the technical term - Tillandsias, are a unique plant because they do not need soil to survive. They are a small plant that can look great on a shelf, in the kitchen or in the bathroom. They require some sunlight and a mist spray twice a week.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera - the medicinal plant! It is a great plant to keep around if you have a rash or sunburn so you can utilise the Aloe Vera properties in the plant. They are a part of the succulent family and prefer to be in direct sunlight. They are small potted plants that look great on window shelves. Aloe Vera is on NASA'S list of air purifying plants.
3. Baby Toes
These are cute little plants that are a part of the succulent family and require very minimal care. They are great for tabletop decor and don't need direct sunlight to survive. Not surprisingly, their name stems from their unusual and small stature that some say resemble infant toes.
Air purifying and highly resilient are the word used to describe snake plants. They are exceptionally drought tolerant and actually thrive on very little water. Snake plants need very dry potting mix and although the snake plant likes to be in bright but indirect sunlight, it can survive in a dark corner. It is one of the toughest plants and can be neglected for weeks at a time and still survive perfectly fine. Research done by NASA stipulates that snake plants help purify the air by eliminating toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene.
5. Bird of Paradise
Native to South Africa, Bird of Paradise is an evergreen tropical herbaceous plant. It likes a bright spot indoors and needs little watering - only water it when the surface of the potting mix feels a little dry.
6. Chinese Evergreen
One of the most durable house plants you can grow. The Chinese Evergreen is tolerant of many conditions. Not surprisingly, this plant is one of the most popular house plants. It prefers low light conditions and although you can water regularly, it will also do equally well if you water once every few weeks.
Peace Lilies are fantastic houseplants, the dark green leaves and vibrant white flowers will brighten up your space and clean the air of the room they are in. Peace Lilies function well in medium to low light environments. If you decide on a peace lily, make sure not to over-water it, just check it once a week to see if they need water - these plants are very tolerant to drought!
8. Devils Ivy
Devils Ivy will grow virtually anywhere! It is a tough plant that likes minimal light, out of direct sunlight, and requires little water. It is suitable for growing all year round and looks great in troughs and hanging baskets.
9. Banana Tree
The Banana Tree is best known for its large stature (5+ meters in height) and beautiful lush leaves. They are characterised as a tropical and sub-tropical plant that prefers direct sunlight but also can flourish in cooler temperature zones.
10. Swiss Cheese Plant
The Swiss Cheese plant, also known as the five holes plant, is native to Central and South America. It likes bright but indirect sunlight and doesn't require daily watering. If you opt for the Swiss Cheese plant, do the "knuckles test" to determine if it requires water - put your knuckle in the soil to check the wetness and if it is nearly dry, water it.
ENJOY YOUR PLANT SHOPPING!