Since you’re spending so much time indoors while the whole nation is on lockdown, why not take this as a good time to improve your home environment with some houseplants. Apart from adding pops of color to your living space, plants also help create a more eye-friendly and relaxing environment. They also help purify indoor air by clearing it off irritants, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best indoor plants as well as the plant shops that can deliver straight to your doorstep.
The best indoor plants
Known for its distinctive leaf patterns, this tropical plant is one of the most photogenic plants to have around. It’s very easy to care for and only needs watering once a week, so it’s perfect for novice plant parents. The monstera will thrive in filtered light and in consistently moist soil. It also prefers a humid environment, so it will do well in an air-conditioned room.
This popular air-purifying houseplant has large, shiny deep green leaves and a sturdy structure. It prefers bright, indirect light, and needs to be watered twice a week (don’t overdo it as this plant hates to sit in water).
Known for its broad, upright leaves, the snake plant is one of the best air-purifying plants out there, absorbing toxins through its leaves and producing pure oxygen. This hardy plant can grow in a variety of light conditions and only needs to be watered every week. Make sure to water only the soil, not the leaves, and wait till the soil is almost completely dry before watering again.
The fiddle-leaf fig is a beautiful plant, boasting huge, bright green leaves and a long, thin stem. But this beauty requires high-maintenance care, and is certainly not the easiest houseplant to look after. Fiddle-leaf figs grow in bright, filtered light, although a few hours of direct sun every day is also beneficial. In fact, these plants grow in the direction of light so it’s best to rotate them once a month to keep them standing straight. Twice-a-week watering is enough.
The peace lily has beautiful, structured green leaves and produces white flowers throughout the year. Known to thrive in rooms with no windows at all, the plant filters out toxins from the air, including benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and ammonia. Avoid putting this plant in direct sunlight.
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If you’ve always been unlucky with keeping indoor plants alive, then you may want to try again with a golden pothos, aka devil’s ivy. These leafy, low-maintenance plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They can grow in dry soil or in a vase of water, and can thrive in indirect light but also in low light.