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.