In one of our latest posts, “A Flower garden at home“, we wrote about flowers on furniture and other home accessories. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know which flower or plant is actually good for which room?
When you go plant shopping, keep in mind that not all plants are “inside” plants and more importantly, visualize each room and remember the amount of light it gets; specifically low, medium or high amounts of light.
In general, the best way for a plant to be noticed when entering a room is by placing it against a simple background. Some people like to dedicate a corner and create a small indoor garden by placing couple of plants, both big and small right next to each other.
Remember, plants are not only decorative- they can also improve the air quality in our homes. As it seems like our already fast- paced lives are approaching super-sonic speeds by the hour, with the help of these plants, let’s try to create a clean, calm, green, happy place inside the home.
Dracaena marginata, also known as Dragon Tree, is a very popular houseplant that needs suprisingly little attention. It requires a minimum temperature of 15 °C (59 °F), and is more tolerant than most plants to dry soil and irregular watering.
This lovely plant holds a place in the NASA Clean Air Study as it is an effective air cleaner and is one of the best plants for removing Xylene and Trichloroethylene gases. Note: Do not expose this plant to direct sunlight!
Spathiphyllum, known as Peace Lilies, also hold a place on the NASA Clean Air Study. This plant survives best in shade, needs little sunlight and is one of the best plants to purify air. It’s a perfect plant for the bedroom as it cleans indoor air of many environmental contaminants, including benzene, formaldehyde, and other pollutants. One plant can clean up to 10 m² and it should be watered approximately once a week. If your bedroom is full of contaminants and laden with chemicals, the Peace Lilly is for you!
Note: Spathiphyllum is mildly toxic to animals when ingested, so keep an eye on your furry companion.
Our bathrooms usually have higher humidity levels from showers and baths. Here we have to look for a plant that can sustain and benefit from these higher humidity levels. Also keep in mind the lighting; if your bathroom has low light levels, which many do, be sure to choose a plant that doesn’t need direct or high level light. Bamboo Varieties are a perfect option for the bathroom. If you do prefer a plant we suggest:
Dieffenbachia, also called Dumb Cane ;D. This plant requires moist soil at all times and high humidity levels. It will survive lower light levels so it’s a perfect plant for our bathrooms.
Of course herbs like mints, rosemary, basil, thyme etc, can brighten our kitchen but indoor plants placed in the kitchen make your kitchen feel more like home. We suggest hanging plants to be placed in sunny window spots.
Chlorophytum comosum, often called the spider plant is a great plant for beginners, as it is easy to grow and is very tolerant in case you forget about her for a couple of weeks. It is also able to thrive in a wide range of conditions. So it’s a perfect kitchen plant!
Epipremnum aureum, also known as the Pothos, is a perfect green kitchen decoration. The preferred temperature is between 17 to 30 °C , again great for a warm and steamy kitchen environment. Note: It’s mildly toxic to cats and dogs so make sure you place it out of their reach, preferably on top of your kitchen furniture.