Plants Make Us Happy, don’t they? We all love to grow some plant or the other, indoors. For some it could just be a simple Money Plant or a Lucky Bamboo and for some it could be hundreds of them. But what are the best indoor plants? Which ones should you keep and which shouldn’t you?
Here’s a list of the 5 best indoor plants you can grow right at home which would look amazing and do a great job of purifying the air from toxic chemicals.
This list was curated mainly for Indian households. However, it still holds good for most countries.
“Go get a Money Plant !!” is probably the first advice you would hear from anyone when you want to start off with your indoor garden. Well, they weren’t wrong. The Pothos plant is undeniably one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. They do well in low light and handle starvation & neglect much better than you would expect. They can also be grown well in both water and soil (take your pick!!)
Pothos plants are also excellent air purifiers and filter the air from harmful pollutants like Carbon Monoxide, Benzene and Formaldehyde.
So why do you need a Pothos plant?
Very easy to grow
Very little maintenance
Can grow in soil or water
Great air purifier
Easy to propagate
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The ZZ Plant or the Zanzibar Gem always adds an extra touch of style and sophistication to any home. Literally indestructible and extremely easy to grow, this plant can tolerate neglect so well that you would end up feeling bad for it.
It can grow in very low to almost No light. I’m not kidding, It really can and you need to water it only once every 2 weeks. There have been instances where they weren’t watered for almost 8 weeks and they did absolutely fine.
The ZZ plant cleans Xylene and Toulene from the air. Just be careful not to get it into your eyes or eat it. It will cause mild irritation and indigestion. Make sure your pets don’t eat them too.
So why do you need a ZZ plant?
Added visual appeal to the home
Requires less frequency of watering
Tolerates low light very well
Great air purifier
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The Rubber Plant or Indian Rubber Tree (Ficus Elastica) is another easy to grow, low maintenance plant. Its dark burgundy coloured, glossy leaves leaves instantly add a beautifulaesthetic appeal to any house. It has been trending in interior decor from 2017 now, just like the Fiddle Leaf Fig and everyone wants one.
It prefers medium to well lit spaces and will also survive in lower light (but at the cost of a slower growth rate). The plant requires well draining soil and loves to be moist during the growing season. In India, watering it once every 5-7 days should just do fine.
The Rubber plant cleans formaldehyde from the air, but beware, it can be toxic if ingested and the rubber sap could cause irritation too. Ensure that your kids and pets stay away from it. Keep the leaves clean and shiny by wiping them off with a soft wet cloth and plain water.
The Snake Plant or Sansevieria trifasciata also goes by other names like the “Mother in-law’s Tongue” and the “Bowstring Hemp” is so easy to grow that you can literally buy it and forget about it.
It can grow in any light. Bright light? – No problem! Low light? – No problem! No light? – No problem. Its that simple. It needs well draining loose soil and will thrive. Water once in 10 days and it won’t complain and if you forget to water it for a month, it will still survive. Sounds perfect doesn’t it? Thats why its called the “Perfect House Plant”
NASA classified the snake plant as a great air purifier as well. It removes Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene and Toulene. However, it is mildly toxic if consumed by pets. So you know what to do!
So why do you need a Snake plant?
Great aesthetic appeal
Can tolerate drought
Great air purifier
Water once in 10 days
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The Monstera Adansonii affectionally called the Swiss Cheese Vine is a beautiful plant that can creep or trail depending on how you like it. It adds elegant beauty to the home and is easy to grow.
A native to the jungles of South America, it loves humidity and shade. Please it near a window but not in direct sunlight and see the magic. Remember that placing this in direct sunlight will burn the leaves. It loves humidity and therefore would love an occasional spray or even placed under a tray of pebbles filled with water. This Monstera needs well draining loose soil, preferably with a peat mix to retain that moisture. Water it only when the top soil is dry and not too frequently.
Keep it away from your pets because its “moderately” toxic and might cause irritation or indigestion.
Remember to fertilise your plants once every month with a good quality Organic Seaweed Fertiliser. Early mornings or late evenings are the best time to dose fertilisers. I personally use this on all my plants and they just seem to love it.