15 Best Indoor Plants for Home Decor and Better Health
In addition to purifying the air, indoor plants have proven to be good for human health.
On a recent study, a group of people in their early twenties experienced a massive decrease in blood pressure and other physical stress symptoms when they followed a computer-related task with an indoor gardening session. The results suggested that tending to indoor potted plant “Reduced physiological and psychological stress, especially in comparison to mental tasks performed using technology.”
Psychology Today also reports that plants can help:
- Lower blood pressure
- Raise productivity
- Increase attentiveness
- Raise job satisfaction
- Improve perceptions of the space
- Improve reaction times
- Lower levels of anxiety
- Improve well-being
All this is proof that with the amount of time you spend inside your home, especially during the hot summer months, investing in the right indoor plants will set you up for better health and a more functional living space. Plant Solutions has prepared the list to help you find the right one.
Chinese Money Plant
Also known as Pilea Peperomioides, this is a popular quick-growing plant. The money plant requires plenty of indirect sunlight and does well near a bright window.
Remember to rotate it once or twice a week to prevent all the stems from growing in the same direction. Pilea Peperomioides prefers sandy soils that dry out between watering, and should be fertilized twice a year.
These striking plants have beautifully striped leaves. The Dracaena will happily thrive in a pot indoors or on your patio in a partially shaded area. Avoid direct sunlight if you don’t want to scorch your plant’s leaves. Mist them lightly with water, but do not allow the soil to become soggy. The advantage of having this plant is that they are low-maintenance. No need to worry about them too much because they can withstand a little neglect, in case you forget to water them. It is recommended that you water Dracaena plants using filtered water, as opposed to tap water, because they are sensitive to fluoride.
Monstera is a beautiful statement plant that requires indirect sun and a lot of space – they will be unhappy if set in a corner or on a side table. In the wild, these plants will climb up trees and other plants, producing leaves as large as two feet wide. Your houseplant won’t get quite so large, but it would benefit from a trellis or pole to climb. Water your monstera moderately, about once a week, and wait until the soil is nearly dry to the touch. Avoid repotting too often and prune by pinching off new growth to curb excessive growth.
Hoya is a house plant that you will love because it is low-maintenance and long life. They make the perfect indoor plant for a tabletop or bookshelf but can make an attractive hanging plant as well. Place your Hoya Plants in a location with eastern exposure to ensure they get enough sun, but try to keep them out of the hotter afternoon light. Hoya prefers to keep their roots dry, so wait until the soil is dry to the touch before watering.
Philodendron does well as an indoor plant, but they do appreciate the occasional trip outdoors to a shady spot. Indoors, the plant prefers bright but indirect sunlight to prevent the scorching and yellowing of the leaves. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between watering and fertilize monthly in spring and summer, reducing to once every six weeks in the fall and winter.
Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis)
This frilly fern, also known as the sword fern, is beautiful in a pot or a hanging basket. The Kimberly Queen is one of the easiest ferns to maintain. As an indoor plant, it does well in medium light and plenty of humidity. Consider placing it in a close group with other plants or placing a small humidifier near it. Keep the soil moist, but make sure it has good drainage and fertilize twice a year
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Snake Plants are one of the toughest indoor plantsand will take just about anything you throw at them. Their leaves are tall, strong and bold, and are known for filtering toxins out of the air. The watering of this plant should be done once every 2 to 6 weeks. Make sure the soil dries out almost completely between watering. Keep them out of direct sunlight to avoid scorching the leaves.
Pothos are plants that do well in just about any environment. They prefer nutrient-rich soil, but can also grow in poorer conditions. Although they enjoy indirect sunlight, they can tolerate low-light conditions well enough, making them a popular addition to bathrooms and offices. To care for it, fertilize your Pothos every three months and water it once the top inch of soil has dried out.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolis)
The “ZZ” plant has beautiful dark green leaves whose waxy surface helps brighten any room by reflecting the light. They are drought tolerant and accept low-light conditions, making them ideal for darker bedrooms and offices. The plant grows slowly, reaching a mature height between 2-3 feet. Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering periods and fertilize it monthly. All parts of the ZZ plant are poisonous, so you would have to take precaution and keep it away from curious children or plant-nibbling pets.
This is another tough plant that does not need to be constantly tended to. All you have to do is provide them with well-drained soil, and bright, indirect light, and they will happily grow. Water them well, but allow the soil to dry out between the watering intervals. This plant is a beautiful addition to your home, and its setup can be sitting on a tabletop or hanging.
Aloe vera plants are known for their amazing benefits, including the ability to heal cuts and burns. They are also wonderful indoor plants due to their air-purifying qualities, decorative quality, and easy care. Make sure your pot has drain holes as these plants do best in dry conditions.
These plants feature large leaves with vibrant shades of dark green, light green, and purple. They grow well in bright light, but you should try to avoid direct sunlight because the leaves can be sensitive to the sun. You should also let the soil dry out a bit before watering.
These houseplants enhance the natural beauty of any room as their multiple varieties feature large leaves with exotic color combinations such as yellow, green, and red. Although they can survive in both low and bright light, If you want your Croton plants to show more color,expose them to more light. To care for your croton plant, water them regularly as they like consistent moisture.
Although they may look delicate, these indoor plants are actually quite durable. They thrive in medium to high light and in humid conditions, making them perfect for kitchens and restrooms. Alternatively, if you want to put yours in a drier room in your house, place them on a tray of pebbles and regularly fill the tray with water.
When it comes to indoor plants, Peace Lilies are some of the most common varieties. In addition to being easy to care for, they regularly bloom stunning white flowers year-round. They can also thrive in areas with less light. Water these plants regularly as they prefer consistently moist soil