Beginner Friendly Houseplants to Bring Out the ‘Plant Tita’ in You
In a time where staying at home is considered essential, people are looking constantly looking for different activities and hobbies to do while being stuck at home. However, just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t get outside. One way to spend more time outdoors is by taking care of houseplants.
Anyone can buy a potted plant, but not everyone can keep it thriving. Do not fear. In this article, Tokyo Grand Renovation has gathered the perfect and very basic houseplants you can start with on your road to becoming the official ‘plant tita’.
The snake plant is one of the very common houseplants that can be seen in any household. Its scientific name is Sansevieria cylindrica. They like plenty of light, but they can handle less if necessary, and they are not too particular about watering—as long as it is not too much. They also thrive in an office environment. It improves indoor air quality and is extremely drought-resistant. It has variegated leaves that grow upright with yellow or white edges.
SUCCULENTS AND CACTI
There are dozens of varieties of succulents and desert cacti flooding into garden centers and grocery stores. In general, succulents are desert plants with thick, fleshy leaves; some of them have spines and some none. Agave is an example of a popular succulent, along with aloe and popular echeveria rosettes.
Cacti generally have spines and interesting leaf structures, including barrels, paddles, and columns. As a class, succulents and cacti are slow-growing and will withstand tremendous abuse. They do best with bright light, well-drained pots, and little water. In the right placement, these are plants that truly thrive on neglect.
Indoor plants is a perfect addition to your home, aside from being stylish, it has so many benefits.
The leaves of this plant range from green to grey-green in color. However, some varieties have white flecks on their stem surfaces. This plant species has been widely grown as an ornamental plant.
Aloe vera needs a moderate amount of sunlight, but not too much. This characteristic of aloe vera makes it a great plant for the bathroom. In addition, aloe vera does not need much water to survive.
Aside from its reputation for its topical use to relieve sunburns, abrasions and as a skin conditioner, this sun-loving succulent is known to battle formaldehyde (found in some cosmetics, dish detergent, fabric softener, and carpet cleaner) and benzene (found in some plastics, fabrics, pesticides and cigarette smoke).
BENEFITS OF HAVING A HOUSEPLANT
For someone who is not a green thumb, making your plants thrive is a bit of a challenge. Houseplants are the perfect avenue for newbies because most indoor plants require minimum time and attention. They are all easy to grow and can generally withstand erratic watering, uneven or bad light, and fluctuating temperatures. Other than being an ornament to a space, houseplants are said to reduce stress, and improve air quality in a room where it’s placed—and who wouldn’t want those?
Speaking of air quality, your home’s indoor air is likely more toxic than the air outside. That is because of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They are emitted as gases from ingredients found in many synthetic products you have in your home. Think aerosol sprays, cleaners, insect repellants, paints, varnishes, stored automotive products, adhesives, markers, vinyl floors, and even your upholstery.
Studies by scientists at NASA (yes, the space agency), American Society for Horticultural Science, and other respected institutions suggest that houseplants can be your best and most cost-effective option to clean the air of your home. They have a great ability to absorb not just carbon dioxide, but a long list of VOCs.
The houseplants mentioned above require minimal care and can survive even in harsh conditions. Keep in mind that no plant is everlasting. Simply giving them the minimum growing conditions necessary for their growth will result in verdant foliage and flowers.
Dreaming of that home filled with houseplants? Talk to a professional designer today!
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