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Popular Houseplants And How To Take Care Of Them

Emma Tomsich4-Minute Read
May 28, 2020

If you’ve always dreamed of brightening up your home with greenery but haven’t been successful with the maintenance of a garden, you might be looking for an effortless way to incorporate plants into your home’s decoration. Lucky for you, there are many houseplants that require little to no care! Read on to learn more about the benefits of having a houseplant and how you can care for them.

Benefits Of Having Houseplants

Houseplants are a great way to take your home’s decor to the next level and add more sophistication and color to your home. But houseplants also have other benefits that go beyond what the eye can see! For example, houseplants are known to reduce physiological and psychological stress. They can also purify the air in your home by filtering out pollutants. These benefits can make your home a calmer and more peaceful place. Now all you have to do is pick the right one!

Best Houseplants

When deciding which indoor plant is best for your home, you should take many factors into consideration. Think about the climate of your home, how much light it receives and how much time you have to dedicate to your new greenery. These considerations will help you find the perfect plant for you. But don’t worry if this is your first time getting a houseplant – we’ll mainly focus on which plants are easiest to take care of and which are best for purifying the air.

ZZ Plant

ZZ plant on shelf.

The ZZ plant, also known as Zamioculcas Zamiifolia is one of the easiest plants to care for. It’s the perfect plant for living in a lower-light environment, and it doesn’t attract bugs or pests. It has rhizomes to help it store water and survive droughts, so it only needs to be watered three times per month. If you tend to forget about your plant and its watering schedule, the ZZ plant might be the right one for you!

Dracaena

Dracaena plant on table.

Another plant that is low maintenance and perfect for a busy life is the dracaena. This plant can thrive in all levels of light, but it’s best to keep it out of direct sunlight. Because of its easy maintenance, having a dracaena plant will feel more like a decoration and less like something you need to take care of.

Pothos

Crawling pathos plant.

If you’re looking for a plant that can do more than sit on a surface, consider getting a pothos plant. These plants can be hung from a basket, and its vines can grow over 10 feet long! It can survive in a variety of lighting, and it is known for purifying and filtering toxins that form in carpets and rugs like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

Rubber Tree

Rubber tree on the floor.

If you have a pattern of forgetting to water your plants, the rubber tree will be perfect for you. The rubber tree can handle some underwatering and neglect, but make sure to give it as much sunlight as it can get. That way, it can grow and serve its purpose of filtering carbon dioxide out of your home.

Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Fiddle-leaf fig plant.

The fiddle-leaf fig has more appeal than just a cool name. It’s known for its tall, dark green leaves that can brighten up any boring room. The fiddle-leaf fig can grow in most bright locations and only needs to be watered when the soil is dry.

Zebra Plant

Zebra plants and succulents on a shelf.

Named for its striped leaves, the zebra plant can thrive in low light locations with minimal watering. Because of its compact size, the striped plant is the perfect addition to any kitchen or bathroom.

Jade Plant

Small indoor jade plant.

Looking for another low-maintenance option? The jade plant may be perfect for you! It’s a succulent native to South Africa, and is known for retaining water all year-round. If they don’t get enough water, jade plants go dormant and stop growing. But when they’re watered again, they start growing and flourishing again!

Philodendron

Philodendron plant hanging over a bed.

The philodendron is a plant popular across the world and in homes around the country. It likes being on the dry side, so you only need to water it once a week. You can take care of it by monitoring how it responds to its environment. If its leaves turn yellow, it’s getting too much sunlight, and if it’s growing small leaves, it needs to be fed fertilizer.

Aloe Vera

Small aloe vera plant.

Homeowners love their aloe vera plants because they act as beautiful decorations and useful healers. The aloe inside the plant has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can be used on scrapes and wounds. These plants thrive in sunny spots and need to be watered regularly but like to dry out in between waterings.

Yucca

Yucca plant.

If you have a personality that radiates happiness and sunshine, the yucca will be your perfect match. The key to taking care of a yucca plant is giving it as much sun as it can get and watering it sparingly.

Air Plant

Small air plant on a table.

If you have scrolled through social media or read home magazines lately, you may have noticed how trendy the air plant is. Also known as Tillandsia, the air plant grows without dirt. All you need to do to care for an air plant is dunk it in water for 2 – 3 hours every 10 days or so. The rest of the time can be spent hanging it in your home or taking artsy pictures to post on social media!

Spider Plant

Spider plant held up by a man.

Unlike some plants, the spider plant is pet friendly! It can also propagate itself, purify the air and add a jungle-like feel to your home. All you need to do is place it in low-to-bright light (but not direct sun) and let it grow!

Snake Plant

Large snake plant.

Named after its leaves that resemble snakeskin, the snake plant is resilient and can thrive in any lighting and any environment. It is known to survive droughts, which makes it perfect for a new plant parent! Snake plants can also act as a filter against harmful chemicals, and purify the air.

Hopefully by now you’ve realized that caring for a plant can be a fun and manageable task. Find an indoor plant that’s perfect for your lifestyle and home. Have fun decorating your home with plants, and good luck being a plant parent!

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    Emma Tomsich

    Emma Tomsich is a student at Marquette University studying Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Relations. She has a passion for writing, and hopes to one day own her own business. In her free time, Emma likes to travel, shop, run and drink coffee.