The health benefits of growing plants in the house are endless. Since plants have the biological ability to remove chemicals from the air, they naturally provide an increase in air quality, minimizing allergies and dwindling the numbers in airborne pollutants to create a healthier environment. The effects of having plants in the home have been proven to positively impact the psychological, cognitive and overall wellbeing of a household.
With a cold winter winding down and spring peering just around the corner, there is no better time to revitalize your home with some quick and easy indoor plant ideas.
There are infinite possibilities for incorporating some nature into your home; with an incredible range of plants to choose from, you can freshen up your home (and filter your air!) with little to no effort needed. The style of your home may reflect your decision in plant choice, or it may just depend on your personal tastes, either way here are 10 funky plants that will revive your home effortlessly!
1. Scented Geraniums
Scented Geraniums or Pelargoniums are an exciting type of plant to have around the house. These low maintenance plants are fragrant and versatile while they provide natural perfumes throughout your home. The arrays of scents emitted by these plants are numerous; ranging from rose to chocolate mint, there are many delicious natural perfumes to choose from.
2. Snake Plant
The Snake Plant or Sansevieria Trifasciata is relatively low maintenance and prefers a light and humid environment. These plants are known for their purifying qualities; an ideal placement would be in or near the bathroom and/or near the kitchen.
3. Rubber Tree
These exotic looking tropical plants are called indoor Rubber Tree plants. They produce thick waxy looking foliage that can add life to any room. These plants prefer indirect sunlight and a medium level of upkeep.
4. Indoor Croton
The Indoor Croton is a festive looking plant that shows off its tropical foliage with a bright display of colors. Croton plants are indeed tropical plants that prefer warmer temperatures and are sensitive to their habitat. These sensitive plants are known to lose some or all leaves when changing environments (but don’t worry, they grow back!).
5. Bonsai Method
The Bonsai Method of planting displays that of nurturing trimmings or seeds from suitable types of trees in shallow trays that allow for minimal growth (height). The planting and maintenance of Bonsai make this a considerably high-involvment hobby that some may consider to be a lot of upkeep. However, the attention pays off with each and every single unique Bonsai plant.
6. Jade Plant
The Jade Plant or Crassula Argentea is a shrub like plant that is fairly easy to maintain. They require light maintenance and average temperature and water consumption. A kitchen or an office would be an ideal setting for a jade plant.
Succulents are a type of plant that is notoriously easy to care for. The succulent plant is a meaty plant that retains high amounts of water. They can be waxy, hairy or spiny depending on the variation you find. Common types of succulents are cacti and agave.
8. Crown of Thorns
The Crown of Thorns is a branch of succulents that originated in Madagascar. It should be noted that this plant might be highly toxic to many animals and humans alike if ingested. This plant is also highly sensitive to its surroundings and is known to lose its leaves when exposed to a high stress or unusual situation such as climate or habitat change.
Orchid or Orchidaceae is a beautiful flowering plant that provides a pleasing visual appearance but require a fair amount of maintenance and upkeep. Orchids come in many color variations but all generally require the same care and attention.
10. Indoor Herb Garden
One of the most exciting indoor plant ideas must be an herb garden. After nurturing the sprouts or cuttings you can harvest the fruits of your work and use the herbs in preparing meals. Although growing an herb garden requires more maintenance and attention, this can be one of the most rewarding indoor plant projects to take on. Some of the most popular herbs to introduce to the indoor garden are sage, basil, rosemary, chives and mint.