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We know that trees are necessary for our survival and unavoidable in the fight against air pollution. In the same way, green plants play the role of smaller scale depolluting in our interiors. They purify the air by absorbing harmful suspended particles (carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, bacteria, molds, allergens) and evacuating them through their roots.
Do you want to purify the air in your home or to be less stressed? How about using these healthy indoor plants? In this article, you should discover small houseplants that are not only beautiful but do not take up too much space.
As you read this, you can learn the following:
* Small Houseplants to Expose
* Hanging Houseplants
* The Best Small Indoor Plants to Adopt at Home
* Beautiful Houseplants for Small Spaces
* Pests and Diseases
Small Houseplants to Expose
When floor space is limited, it is still possible to place mini potted plants in the corner of the room, on a table, or a chest of drawers. The excellent solution is to favor small indoor trees such as croton, dwarf palm, and fern if the desired effect is the mini jungle. For a more discreet result, use small green or flowering plants such as spathiphyllum, rosebush, or succulents such as cactus. At the time of purchase, make sure to choose a dwarf variety and ask the florist for details about its maximum size. Also, look for the Latin name of the plant. Small plants usually have the terms “pumila,” “minima,” or “nana” in their names.
To free up as much floor space as possible, you can also opt for the use of hanging pots. Bougainvillea, ivy, philodendron, and pothos grow well in the air. Note that if you place your hanging pots are near a piece of furniture, hanging plants tend to run over them. This is usually the most beautiful effect. Also, you can brighten up your kitchen by growing small potted aromatic plants such as chives, basil, or parsley. Small pots with a diameter of 10 cm are generally sufficient to fill them. You can keep them well sheltered indoors throughout the winter and summer months. When the weather is nice, you can place them outside, only on the windowsill.
The Best Small Indoor Plants to Adopt at Home
Living among plants has become a popular trend in recent years. How can you create a green space in your home when you don’t have a green thumb? Which house plants are the most resistant?
If you don’t have a green thumb or if you are a beginner and you don’t want to have to ask your neighbors for help every time you’re away – it’s best to opt for plants that are tough and don’t require too much maintenance. After all, living in a green setting is not only for experienced gardeners! So you choose plants that only need to be watered once a week, that enjoy sun or shade, or plants that bloom for a long time.
Nevertheless, it is necessary to know how to take care of your plants with eco-gardening tips! The most natural plants to live with are the orchid (phalaenopsis), which only needs watering once a week by soaking. Also, the aspidistra, with its elegant dark green foliage, that can make your interior warm even in the winter. We also advise to use the dracaena, whose dry leaves have to be removed as you go along, or the ficus (or rubber), which grows well and requires little maintenance. Aloe vera is also a trendy and healthy plant, which, like cacti, needs light but requires little water.
In any case, you choose your house plants in a garden center or specialist shop. Do not hesitate to ask for advice on how to please your plant once you’ve settled in.
Beautiful Houseplants for Small Spaces
There are so many advantages to having plants in a house or apartment: not only do they complement the decor, but they also bring life and purify the air.
Sansevieria or mother-in-law’s tongue: This plant only needs a little light and a a small amount of water. The only thing you can do to keep it alive is not to water it too often! That way, you can easily forget about it and give it a little water once a month.
ZZ plant (zamioculcas zamiifolia): The beauty of this plant lies in its shiny leaves, which seem to come straight out of the rainforest. That gives it a “little fresh air.” Although, it doesn’t need much; it can stay just as beautiful, even without light and water for months. Therefore, it’s perfect for adding life to a dark room!
Aloe: This succulent is very trendy, and it is a medicinal plant; you can pick one of its leaves and apply the juice directly to a burn or skin lesion. Aloe needs light, so you should place it on the edge of a window. Otherwise, Aloe is natural to maintain, and you can water it rarely.
Crassula (jade plant): Another incredible variety, the jade plant likes sunny places but requires little watering and maintenance. It grows slowly and can live for decades!
Rubber plant: This plant can grow up to 8 feet tall, making it ideal for adding a good “punch” of green in a room. It just doesn’t need to be watered too often (the soil needs to dry out between watering). However, the plant prefers medium to bright light, so don’t place it in a room without windows.
Areca: It is an indoor palm tree that can give a beautiful tropical touch to any room. It can grow up to 7 feet tall, but cannot expand too much if you keep it in a small pot. This plant likes indirect light and does not need much water (water once every two weeks or so).
Pests and Diseases
Houseplants are, as their name suggests, intended to be displayed inside your apartment or house. There are many varieties of indoor plants: traditional green plants, flowering plants (orchids, hydrangeas), bonsai, yuccas, and ficus. However, many diseases affect small indoor plants.
Seasonal diseases: Indoor plants are generally more sensitive to freshness, especially during the winter period. Also, the foliage develops less, and watering must then be less frequent.
Some fungi (Phytophthora, Botrytis) attack indoor plants in winter. The leaves die and turn greyish (Botrytis); the roots are attacked and rot down to the stem (Phytophthora). Treatments consist of removing the affected leaves, applying a fungicide spray, and airing the room.
Bulky pests: Apart from fungi, house plants can be affected by other pests.
The spider mites are colored mites or microscopic red spiders. To eliminate them, water your plants regularly and spray a specific acaricide.
Scale insects of various varieties include mealybugs can produce a whitish substance. This deposit can be visible on the leaves of your houseplants. Affected foliage can die.
There are many flowering plants. Each one corresponds to a particular type of interior. Some appreciate rooms with little heating; others can do well in warm places. The perfect ones can work wonders in a traditional interior, while others can maintain the design side of a modern home. However, they all have one thing in common; that is to bloom well, they need an adequate amount of light. In a smoker’s apartment, for example, a philodendron, an azalea, or a chlorophytum are more likely to be chosen. In a house undergoing renovation where the paintwork has recently been renewed, you should use chrysanthemums or philodendrons instead. In wet rooms (bathrooms and kitchens), you should prefer azaleas and palm trees.