It’s impressive how a little greenery can brighten up an interior space. In addition to adding color and texture to your favorite room, indoor plants can also spruce up your air quality and enhance your mental well-being.
Not all of us can have a garden, or even a window ledge to grow plants on, but everyone can own an indoor plant. Even if you’re the type of person that could kill a fake plant, these plants won't require too much maintenance from you allowing you to cultivate your inner green thumb. Here are a few plant ideas to include in your home décor.
Succulents are a perfect option for forgetful gardeners because they store water in their thick and fleshy leaves, which means they will still thrive if you forget to water them. Available in a vast array of colors and textures, succulents are extremely adaptive and can survive any number of dreadful conditions you may expose them to. Just make sure they’re exposed to bright light and give them water once every other month in the winter. They practically take care of themselves! Plant them together, or plant them individually, they do well as room décor. Succulents are the cutest little plants that will add brightness to any space!
2. Lucky Bamboo
Ancient traditions believe that Lucky Bamboo, also known as Dracaena Sanderiana, brings health, love, happiness and wealth. A perfect way to add some Feng Shui into your home or office.
There are just a few simple guidelines for growing Lucky Bamboo. First, avoid direct sunlight as Lucky Bamboo needs very little light to thrive. Second, the Lucky Bamboo roots must be moist at all times. Lucky Bamboo prefers a few inches of fresh or filtered water. Place the Lucky Bamboo in a clear glass vase with stones for an elegant minimalist look.
3. Money Tree
While actual money will not grow on this tree, the money tree, also known as the Pachira plant, has many stories leading up to its nickname. Legend has it that a poor Taiwanese farmer found the Pachira plant growing in his field and immediately saw its beauty. He decided to grow and sell these plants, quickly becoming one of the wealthiest farmers in Taiwan. Legend also has it that this elated farmer called his prize plant the “good fortune tree” or the “good luck money tree.” However, the real story begins in the 1980's when a man by the name of Liu popularized the potted Pachira plants by braiding the plants stems together and the trend quickly spread from Taiwan to the rest of the world. Today, the money tree still symbolizes good wishes for success and prosperity, making it a perfect gift for special occasions such as a housewarming party or a business grand opening.
To properly maintain your money tree, place the plant where it will be exposed to indirect sunlight. You can even rotate the plant every week to keep the leaves growing evenly. Water the plant thoroughly about once a week. If you're anything like me and tend to forget when the last time you watered the plants was, take a look at the leaves. If the plant’s leaves are droopy and yellow, you’re giving the plant too much water. If the leaves are wrinkly and curled up, you’re not giving it enough water.
4. Snake Plant
Finally, we end with a plant that can really thrive on neglect. Generations of gardeners have called the snake plant, also known as Sansevieria Trifasciata, a favorite. It can grow in any room in the house, even areas with low light and dry conditions. The snake plant is a great choice for the bedroom because it converts CO2 into oxygen at night, in comparison to other plants that complete this process during the day when you're away at work. They feature stiff, sword-like leaves making it a natural choice for a more contemporary space.
As long as you water it now and again, about every two-three weeks, this plant will look stunning. Be sure to not over-water this plant.
No indoor plant is indestructible, but these feisty few will make having a greener home that much easier on you. While this list of indoor plants may be easy to maintain, some of them may be toxic. Research and be sure your plants are are safe for your pets, as well.
If we have perhaps converted you into adding some greenery in your home or office, or already have an indoor plant that you have managed to keep alive, let us know in the comments below or tweet me @whalenkristin.