Health Benefits of Indoor Plants & How to Keep them Alive

Enjoy the health benefits of indoor plants

A room full of leafy green plants looks lush and welcoming, and also offers tangible health benefits. With a little know-how, houseplants are easy to keep alive and will make your house feel more like a home. Read on for some easy beginner’s plants to try and how to look after them.

Greener, healthier living

Studies have shown that in hospitals, house plants can increase tolerance to pain, and in workplaces and schools, they can improve people’s moods, reduce stress levels and increase productivity. All good reasons to bring some extra greenery into your home, too.

House plants improve indoor air quality, which can be worse than outside due to poor ventilation and environmental toxins like mold or chemicals. As well as regular ventilation, plants can help to remove chemical compounds from the air – the more plants, the merrier. And there are potential energy savings to be made.

5 easy house plants for beginners

We all want to avoid spending money on plants only to have them die, as dead plants are not mood boosters. Fortunately, many indoor plants are easy to care for and can thrive indefinitely with a little effort.

Despite its unflattering name, Mother in Law’s tongue is a wonderful plant for indoors – with long, spiky leaves, it tolerates neglect, grows happily in a pot and requires no pruning. In fact, you can divide it to create more. It likes bright, filtered light or partial shade, and well-drained soil.

Happy to face in any direction and tolerant of some shade, the beautiful Peace Lily is an air purifier that also looks beautiful in any space. Beautiful white flowers will likely appear in early summer if the plant is kept in good light.

Very hard to kill and said to bring good luck, the jade plant is an easy to grow succulent that makes a good housewarming gift. As long as they aren’t overwatered, they will live happily indoors, preferably in a bright spot, although too much direct sunlight is not advised. Although slow-growing, jade plants are easy to propagate so, you can make more and even give them away as gifts.

With its distinctive holey leaves, the Swiss cheese plant is perhaps the most recognisable of all when it comes to indoor jungles. Like most indoor plants it likes bright, indirect light and moist, well-drained soil. Wiping the leaves with a damp cloth every week or so will ensure it stays healthy.

With its impressive height and stunning, glossy leaves, it’s hard to go past the South African Fiddle leaf fig. They love bright, indirect light, well-drained soil and a little humidity, which you can create artificially by misting them every few days. Wiping down the leaves will also keep them looking fabulous.

Tips for decorating with indoor plants

  • First of all, look at your light throughout the day. Narrow down the optimal spots for your houseplants. Most don’t like direct sun, but nor will they thrive in darkness. Think about where they will do best and add a plant stand or small table to sit them on. 
  • Think about containers. For modern interiors, plain or stone pots look great. For more traditional homes, look for patterned china pots. Sculptural plants such as cacti work well in modern homes, while traditional interiors will suit ferns and palms.
  • Have fun and see what works. Move plants according to seasons, group them for impact, and identify which thrive or don’t in your home. Pick up plants and pots at garage sales and enjoy the changing life and colour they bring to your home.

Similar Posts