With the world still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, people have been spending more and more time at home. Many people have unfortunately lost jobs while many others have been quarantined at home as authorities struggle to control the spread of the virus. If you are one of those people who now find themselves confined to their homes, you may be looking for a productive way to spend your time. Gardening is one such activity that can help you pass the time at home while providing a range of other benefits.
When people think of gardening, they may think of beautiful sprawling outdoor spaces. But in this blog, we will focus on house plants that can be grown and maintained indoors with very little effort and space.
Indoor plants and greenery are widely used for decorative purposes. They are an inexpensive way to spice up even the most boring spaces. For example, adorning your window sills with beautiful flowering plants, succulents or hanging vines can transform a room from bland to breathtaking. You can also have fun with the pots and containers you display your plants in, making it part of the décor of the room.
However, house plants are more than just decorative. They are actually good for your health too. Growing and caring for plants can be therapeutic, providing a healthy avenue to relieve stress. Plants also essentially do the opposite of what humans do when they breathe. During the day time, they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide thereby freshening the air and absorbing harmful toxins. In fact, studies have shown that houseplants can absorb up to 87 per cent of toxins in the air in a 24-hour period.
Studies have also shown that indoor plants can improve concentration and productivity by up to 15 per cent, reduce stress levels and boost your mood – making them perfect for not only your home but your work space too. Additionally, some plants like orchids, succulents and bromeliads release oxygen at night making them the perfect plants to have in your bedroom for a calming effect that can lead to a better night’s sleep.
So, what types of plants are the most suited for indoors? Well, there are many different types that are easy to care for and will flourish even in spaces that have low light. Let’s take a look at a few.
Snake plant – The name may sound scary but this plant gets its name from its thin, upright leaves with a green and yellow “scaly” pattern that looks like snake skin. It is a low maintenance plant that can thrive in almost any environment. Although it prefers bright light, it can tolerate low-light levels and if you forget to water it for a few days, it will survive. This kind of plant is suitable to place on a windowsill, desk, counter or anywhere in the home.
Spider plant – Another plant named after a frightening creature but it is anything but frightening. The spider plant gets its name from its long, thin leaves that resembles spider legs. This type of plant is super easy to care for. It needs bright light but does not require direct sunlight so they are perfect to place in a room with large windows.
Rubber tree – This is one of the lowest maintenance decorative plants you can have in your home. They are tolerant to dry conditions so if you forget to water it for days at a time, it will survive. It however requires bright light so it is most suitable for a windowsill or porch or any area of your home that gets a lot of sunlight.
Aloe vera – This isn’t just a plant for decoration. Aloe vera has many useful properties that make it a highly sought-after ingredient in hair care and skin care products. Aloe vera juice also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. So, it is a useful plant to have around the home. Keep your aloe vera plant in a bright, sunny spot and don’t worry about keeping it alive. This plant does not require frequent watering. You can allow the soil to completely dry out between waterings.
Cactus – This is another plant that can survive in harsh, dry conditions and they come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. They also flower periodically and will give your home a pop of color when they bloom.
Speaking of color, some people prefer flowering plants as opposed to green, leafy plants in their home. Let’s take a look at a few of the blooming plants that can survive indoors and give your space a splash of natural color.
Orchids – There are many different types of orchids that bloom in different colors. They are not as fragile as they look and can bloom for months and live for years with very little care. Most varieties require bright light so they are more suitable for window sills and areas that are exposed to direct sunlight.
Poinsettia – This plant is a popular in Trinidad, especially around Christmas time. It is a seasonal plant but, with the right care, can bloom for months. When in full, bloom the deep red blossoms will brighten and enhance any room it is placed in.
Portulaca Grandiflora – This pretty flowering plant is better known in Trinidad as “jump up and kiss me”. Though best suited for outdoors, this plant is popular as an ornamental indoor plant and blooms in a range of colors. There are pink, red, white, yellow and even purple varieties so you are bound to find a color that suits you. Portulaca is ideal for window boxes or shallow containers as they usually grow to just about 6 inches in height. They can also be placed in hanging baskets.
Peace lily – This plant is perfect for indoors as it prefers low to moderate light. Its shiny green leaves and spoon-shaped white flowers will add a touch of elegance to any room. Peace lilies can last for many years with very little care and moderate watering.
The choices are endless. There are so many different varieties of both blooming and non-blooming house plants to choose from to help bring a naturistic feel to your home. Most garden stores will have seeds and seedlings that you can purchase to plant as well as soil, pots and whatever you need to get your planting project started. Now is as good a time as any to practice your growing skills and occupy your time productively while at home. TriniHelper is here to provide any additional tips and assistance that you may need.