10 Best Indoor Houseplants For Air Purifying
1, PHILODENDRON 2, GERANIUM 3, HENS AND CHICKS 4, ALOE VERA PLANT
5, ZZ PLANT 6, NORFOLK ISLAND PINE 7, CHRISTMAS CACTUS 8, HAWORTHIA
9, CAREX 10, MEDINILLA
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houseplants Some of us may not have the greenest of thumbs, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying all the beneﬁts of houseplants. Not only do houseplants add living beauty to your space, they help purify the air, giving you a boost in both body and spirit. (Though do keep in mind that some houseplants are toxic to furry family members or children, so check Naturemagazine.com or children’s health websites before incorporating greenery into your home.) These ten forgiving houseplants will ﬂourish under the care of even the most forgetful of gardeners. houseplants
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Add a subtle touch of burgundy or golden yellow to your living space with the wide, waxy leaves of philodendron. Try the varieties McColley’s Finale or Prince of Orange for colorful philodendron that are low-fuss. This houseplant can grow quickly, though, so keep it well groomed by trimming it back, staking upright types or winding the foliage around itself.
Why we love this houseplant: There are two types of philodendron: vining and non-climbing, so it’s a cinch to pick the type that best suits your space. It also accents other plants wonderfully.
A reliable and eager bloomer, even in winter, geraniums come in every shade of the rainbow and then some. If you want to add more than just color to your living space, explore the world of scented-leaf geraniums, which come in fragrances like pine, peppermint and nutmeg.
Why we love this houseplant: Geraniums are best left to their own devices. Water thoroughly, but only as needed, then sit back and enjoy the show.
3, HENS AND CHICKS
Whether it’s a single blooming sempervivum or a whole container of these rosette-shaped succulents, they make for an impressive presentation. These tough little guys need bright light to survive, and just one of these plants will easily propagate many more. This succulent’s only weakness is mealybugs, which can spread to other plants in your home if you’re not careful.
Why we love this houseplant: No matter where or how you plant it, hens and chicks will always look orderly and snug in their containers.
4, ALOE VERA PLANT
Want the look of an agave plant on a much smaller scale?
Try family-friendly aloe. This funky-looking succulent ﬂourishes in south-facing windowsills where they can get plenty of bright light, but east- and west-facing windows work just as well. Aloes love company—cluster a few different varieties together in one container for a unique look.
Why we love this houseplant: The popular aloe vera doesn’t just look good—it’ll make you feel good, too. The jelly-like pulp inside its leaves is a great home remedy for minor burns and insect bites.
With no blooms when grown indoors and a slow growthrate, ZZ plant doesn’t have a lot of frills. But what it lacks in pop, it makes up in polish with its glossy green leaves and vertical, palm-like stems. Splurge a little and buy a mature ZZ plant at the outset and give this slender statement plant its best chance to thrive in the indirect light of an east- or west-facing window.
Why we love this houseplant: ZZ plant works with every decorating style, because it looks awesome in any kind of container from a woven basket for a bohemian look to a chic glazed container for a modern space.
Create an evergreen forest in miniature with a few Norfolk Island pines. The soft, feathery needles make this live tree friendlier than most. It’ll eventually become a small tree, but slow the growth process a little bit by keeping it tightly potted. Grow it in bright light and keep the soil moist.
Why we love this houseplant:
Although unable to hold heavier ornaments, Norfolk Island pine can pull double-duty as a Christmas tree. Think cute, homemade popcorn chains, origami and garland!
7, CHRISTMAS CACTUS
There are very few plants that prompt warm, fuzzy feelings of holiday nostalgia like the Christmas cactus. This cactus bursts into beautiful bloom in midwinter, and its plump ﬂowers come in a range of colors from bright yellows to deep pinks. For the best performance, don’t fuss and fret over Christmas cactus beyond watering it when its soil is dry.
Why we love this houseplant: This cactus asks for next to nothing from its caretaker and will readily live on for years and years. It also makes a thoughtful gift!
It’s easy to guess why haworthia is sometimes referred to as the zebra plant—the white, stripey bumps along its leaves make it stand out in a crowd. Not only is this houseplant eye-catching, it also withstands nearly any abuse thrown at it, since it doesn’t require much watering and does ﬁne in most light conditions, though a southfacing window is best practice.
Why we love this houseplant: Haworthia has a long history—it was ﬁrst referenced in writing in the early 1600s when European explorers brought haworthia back from southern Africa
There are thousands of species of carex and they come in all shapes and sizes, but you really can’t go wrong with any of them. You’ll enjoy their elegant bursts of sweeping grass-like blades. If planting a larger variety, like Ice Ballet (C. morrowii), you’ll eventually need a hefty container, but always start with a pot one size bigger than it is currently growing in to prevent root rot.
Why we love this houseplant: If you have a habit of overwatering plants, carex is more tolerant of accidental soakings than most houseplants.
Put a medinilla in a room and it will demand your attention with its broad green leaves and pink-thenpurple blooms. Give this showstopper houseplant the spotlight it deserves with a heavy container and a southfacing window, then watch as it slowly grows to the size of a small citrus tree (depending on variety).
Why we love this houseplant: Medinilla cheers up any room with its bright pink ﬂower clusters during the doldrums of autumn and winter.