There’s a reason we feel good when we walk around in nature. Even just stepping outside for a few minutes can reduce stress, fatigue, and improve your overall mood. Humans were meant to live as one with nature but our modern society keeps many of us from getting in touch with nature. It is especially hard to experience nature in the winter when we are cooped up all day. Luckily, you can bring the magic of the outdoors, indoors, with these indoor plants.
Improving Your Indoor Spaces
Indoor plants are quite versatile and easy to take care of. Most of them require very little water and some can even be fine left alone in a dimly lit room. If you spend a lot of time at the office and you’re tired of staring at the same beige cubicle, why not spruce up your space with a few plants? Indoor can breathe life into any room or office you put them in. It’s a great way to anchor your space in an organic way.
Toxins in the air are on the rise, especially if you live in the big city where it’s hard to avoid air pollution. Air pollution isn’t just outside, it can get into our homes as well. At any time, the air in your home can be filled with pollutants, airborne mold, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene. Thankfully, we can improve the quality of our indoor air with plants. Plants are able to absorb the harmful toxins floating through the air.
The Heartleaf Philodendron
The philodendron is the perfect plant to have in a study or a room with tall ceilings. Given the opportunity, this green vine with heart-shaped leaves will climb up anything. You can pinch stems off at any time to help keep the plant full and bushy. Pinch leaves after the leaf node to encourage a new stem to grow. Philodendron is perfect for offices, studies, or placed on mantle pieces. Heartleaf philodendron can do quite well in most light conditions. Place in a pot with holes so the water can drain. Do not overwater and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
Talk about a hardy house plant. The ZZ plant is one of the toughest plants around. It can go long periods of time without water and can grow in very little light. This is a great plant for that room in your house that doesn’t get a lot of sunlight. ZZ plant works well as an office plant as well as you can neglect it over the weekend and come back on Monday and it will be just fine. It also is a great plant for removing xylene and benzene from the air. One side note about the ZZ plant is that it is poisonous to ingest. So keep away from curious pets.
Snake plants are famous for being able to go for long periods of time without taking a drink. The snake plant makes the perfect gift for someone who is prone to killing plants. Snake plants prefer to be placed in a bright room with plenty of sunlight but it can do well in lower levels of light. Snake plants are easy to propagate. Just separate one of the shoots and plant it in another container.
Pothos is a favorite plant among office workers. So much so that it has been dubbed the “cubicle plant”. Pothos grows to fit any container and does not overgrow. Pothos is a vine-like philodendron and can climb over bookshelves, cubicle walls, or whatever is reachable. Pothos can filter benzene and formaldehyde from the air.
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