Green on the inside – the best pot plants for healthy air and a gorgeous interior
Indoor plants are one of the cheapest and most effective ways to transform your home, and generally require very little care or love to thrive. Even better, they soak up pollutants that can be emitted from the paints, carpets, furniture and appliances, and produce oxygen to keep your home feeling fresh. Plants are so effective at keeping inside air healthy, that NASA has conducted serious research into working out which plants are the best, for use in their space shuttles.
To make it easier for you, here’s a list of some of the best species to look out for and some things to keep in mind.
What plants, where?
Indoor plants are famously hardy, and can generally survive with limited light and water. However, it’s important to work out where you’d like to put some
plants and make sure that you’ve chosen species well suited to that location. Some indoor plants prefer more light, and others less – and many might
be sensitive to higher temperatures that might exist close to an unshaded window. Create a list for yourself of where you’d like to put plants, and
take note of whether it gets direct sun and how hot it can be during the day.
One of the best things about pot plants, however, is that they can be easily moved around – so if you find a plant isn’t thriving in a particular spot,
try it somewhere else!
Look out for your wooden floors and tables
You don’t want your pot plants to rot or leave marks on your floors or tables, so make sure you invest in saucers for your pots to capture any water. While
you’re at it, you might like to consider self-watering pots, which have a water reservoir that can capture excess water and help keep the plant irrigated
There are many lists online of the best species for indoor environments in our region, with some links below to help get you started. The main key is to
look for species that don’t need a lot of direct light – ask at your local nursery for more tips!
Also keep in mind that several indoor species can be easily propagated, so if you have a friend with a plant you love, check if you can take a cutting
that you can pop in a jar of water for a few weeks to grow roots. Other plants that produce multiple plants and roots in the same pot can be divided.