Benefits of Houseplants
Houseplants are a growing trend in home decor as they add living beauty to your home. But did you know studies have shown houseplants can help relieve stress, boost your mood and help with concentration.According to a study done by Texas A&M University, having houseplants around your home and workplace can improve not only your creative performance but also problem-solving skills. Additionally, scientists from the University of Exeter discovered that plants can boost your concentration, productivity and well-being by 47%. Further research suggests that houseplants throughout your home and workspace can reduce stress levels, bringing the phenomenon 'biophilia' (a love for nature) indoors.
While we breathe oxygen in and release carbon dioxide, plants are doing the opposite - releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. Based on research by NASA, houseplants can remove help remove toxins in the air. Furthermore, houseplants can help regulate humidity in the air through their foliage. So if you're really looking to decrease your humidity look for plants with larger leaves. The more houseplants the merrier.
Our Favorite Healthy Houseplants
Sanservia 'Snake Plant'
This plant rids the air of toxins and reduces airborne allergens, making it the premier air purifying plant. The Snake Plant is extremely durable and is able to survive with little light and water. Great for beginners!
There are many different varieties of Croton in different foliage color combinations. It has large leaves with exotic color patterns. Crotons survive in low to high light spots in your home, but they will show more color when you place them in a brighter spot. Water regularly as soil becomes dry.
This low maintenance longer vining plant is one of the easiest to grow. Place on a table, shelf or hanging basket and let the vines grow and trail. Or plant it in a pot with a pole and let it grow up the pole. Grow it in low to medium light and allow soil to dry between waterings.
Also known as Chinese Evergreen, have speckled leaves in a variety of colors from pink to red to green. They add a unique color and texture to your home decor. These houseplants are low-low-maintenance - ideal for travelers! Place in low to medium light. Water thoroughly but allow to dry out in between waterings.
Variegated Creeping Fig
This vining plant has small, puckered, heart-shaped green and white leaves. It is lovely grown in a hanging basket or trained as a topiary. Place in a bright spot and keep the soil evenly moist.
This delicate looking little fern is actually quite tough. The soft, small green leaves on black stalks arch gracefully. The key to keeping a Maidenhair Fern happy is to place it in high humidity. Rooms like kitchens and bathrooms are naturally more humid. Place this fern in a medium to high light spot.
Many people believe this plant is lucky and a symbol of wealth. Standing upright with green leaves above the trunk it adds architecture and drama to a room. It is very easy to maintain; you can grow it in any light condition indoors and can be allowed to completely dry between waterings.
With its tall succulent stems and architectural structure, this plant is a favorite for homes with modern decor. It requires very little maintenance and is nearly indestructible. Place it in medium to high light. Water only when soil is dry to the touch.
This indoor plant has large, colorful patterned leaves in shades of deep green and purple. A great mid-sized upright plant that can be placed on a table or on the floor. They prefer a bright spot but be careful as their leaves are sensitive to direct sunlight. Allow the soil to dry slightly before watering.