House plants have become particularly popular in millennial homes and they have a wide variety of health benefits! Plants play a role is purifying the air in your homes as well as contributing to what appears to be a calmer and more peaceful home environment.
Let’s not forget, they also look great! Flowers can really make a home feel like a home, and brighten up the place.
New to keeping plants? Opt for something low maintenance and be mindful that too much water can be just as harmful as not enough. If in doubt, invest in a small water spray bottle and give them a light spray every so often instead. This method allows the water to reach the leaves quicker and avoids leaving the plant in a puddle!
To increase the lifespan of your plants consider keeping a moderate temperature throughout your home – consistent extreme changes in temperature can be harmful. Also think about moving them around a little. Adapting their exposure to light can change how well they grow and flower. If a plant is looking particularly limp in a dark corner, perhaps move it to a prime spot near the window and see if this makes a difference.
The key to taking care of your plants is to not give up. Show them some love, be patient and see how they grow.
We’ve pulled together our favourite plants to brighten up your homes:
Aloe has fantastic health benefits with a number of healing properties. You’ll no doubt use skincare products which include aloe extract, as there is a soothing quality to the leaves which supports with the healing of skin burns and cuts. They’re also great for the atmosphere and require very little maintenance. The plant works to counter the amount of harmful chemicals in the air which are often found in cleaning products.
This might be the absolute favourite! A stunning flowering plant which most definitely lives up to the name. The Peace Lily is low maintenance, full-bodied and works well in the shaded areas of your home. Do not put on display in direct sunlight and instead brighten up the cooler, shadier areas of your home.
The Snake Plant grows tall and could do well in the bedroom, as it functions to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the night – perfect for a great night’s sleep! Most plants actually do this during the day, so the Snake Plant is unique in this sense. They require very little maintenance and don’t need much in the way of water and sunlight to survive – so this could be positioned anywhere in your room.
Be mindful of your plant selection if you have pets in your home, as some house plants like Amaryllis, can be toxic to animals. It’s always worth asking when purchasing to be sure.