Gardening is a rewarding avocation, and indoor plants are ideal for beginners, but there is more to keeping plants than choosing your favorite seedlings and following the instructions on the pot. It’s worth going the extra mile though: your indoor plants create a tranquil mood, and growing them has been shown to alleviate stress.
What exactly does it take to qualify as a good indoor plant? Aside from being low maintenance, one must offer several qualities like a healthy root system, foliage, and minimal light requirements. Below are a handful of indoor plants that can help destress your home and find inner peace.
The Peace Lily
A beautiful low maintenance plant is the Peace Lily, which can grow in medium to low light. This plant is ideal for homes that lack natural light. It also helps remove formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and xylene from the air. The Peace Lily has also been shown to purify the air by removing toxins like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.
When it needs water, the Peace Lily will tell you by showing signs of droopy leaves and perks back instantly after watering. You can also mist it for added humidity to the room. For best results, place them in front of a window to see their white petals bloom.
Hydroponic plants like Lucky Bamboo are extremely easy to care for, living permanently in a bath of water. Bamboo plants are great options if you want to add a lush, tropical feel to your home or office space. While this plant prefers bright light, it can also thrive in low light areas, as long as it receives enough water and care.
Bamboo plants work well at reducing the airborne formaldehyde and safe for the family as they are nontoxic to pets. Not to mention, they are also used in Feng Shui to improve the energy flow in a room and purify the quality of indoor air.
Looking at a Bonsai tree has been shown to induce physical and mental relaxation in injury patients. Therefore, it is worth expanding your garden to introduce this little tree. Growing from seed can be difficult, but with the correct starter materials, many are successful. Only certain types, such as the Chinese Elm, can be grown indoors, so be sure to research before buying.
The Zebrina Pendula, also known as the Wandering Jew plant, named after a Biblical character, is known to clear the air of allergens and pollutants. It has been shown to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. However, its deep purple leaves require a little extra care to ensure they don’t overgrow and look sickly. Pinching them back should stop this effect, but must be done regularly to keep up with its growth speed.
Also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue,” the Snake plant is simple to care for, as it requires direct sunlight and minimal watering. Thus, caring for snake plants is relatively easy. In fact, the snake plant is on NASA’s list of houseplants that clean and purify indoor air. It is also said to help with headaches and breathing problems. However, it is also important to note that saponins found in snake plants make it toxic to pets and may cause nausea and vomiting.
You may spend a lot of time with your plants and caring for them, but why not set aside a little time to just appreciate them in all their beauty? Breathe in their scent, check for new growth, prune them if needed, and practice deep breathing in a room filled with plants. You may be surprised at how calm and de-stressed you feel afterward.