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Indoor plants are a fantastic inclusion in any interior design. Plants clean the air, improve ambience and the right species can certainly add a touch of class. Check these 7 perfect indoor plants you can use to green up your home.
A Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum may seem like an old-fashioned option, but their easy care nature makes them a popular choice for both office and homes. Most commonly, Peace lilies have elongated dark green foliage and an interesting white flower. But what most believe to be the flower is actually a special leaf bract that grows over the flow bud like a hood for protection. Lilies can grow in medium to low light, but low light will produce less flowers. Like all indoor plants, the large leaves tend to be dust magnets, so wipe them down with a damp cloth at least once a year.
Another oldie, but definitely a goodie! Mother-in-law’s tongue or Sansevieria trifasciata may also be known as a snake plant or Saint George’s Sword and it is a species native to the tropical areas of West Africa. With its upright, erect leaf habit the snake plant makes for a striking feature specimen in the modern home setting.
Place in a well-lit location preferably with some direct sunlight at some stage throughout the day, but filtered light will still bring good results provided it is not deep shade. Water moderately through the spring and summer, but significantly less during the winter months.
The great thing about these little guys is propagation is as simple and cutting up a leaf and allowing to dry for a few days then planting them straight into some fresh potting mixture.
Cheap, colourfull and full of variety! What’s not to love about succulents? The trick with succulents is the right balance of warmth and water. Most succulents like those from the agave species love dry, warm conditions like that of their origins from Southern USA and Mexico. This can be hard to manage indoors, as most people’s first reaction to a sick looking plant is water. A warm northern facing spot in front of a window can create a fantastic micro-climate perfect for succulents. Alternatively, utlise glass containers called terraniums to create artificial environments with humidity and warmth.
Choose specially designed planting mixtures for succulents to ensure correct drainage and water hold capacity and remember, the fastest way to kill a succulent is with too much TLC. Only water enough to keep the leaves from withering, this will be tough for some as it flies in the face of ‘normal’ plant care.
A Rubber plant or Ficus elastica can be a great feature plant in your home. The large form leaves and growth habit make it the perfect speciman plant that will certainly be an eye catcher over in a brightly lite corner. Let’s be clear, a rubber plant is more of a tree than a plant but with broad shiny attractive leaves it’s hard to go past.
Be carefull with this one, if you have a hungry pet that likes to eat the greenery, a rubber plant will be toxic. But the great news is a rubber plant has been rated one of the best house plants to clean the air and is highly disease and pest resistant.