Houseplants for Health
It’s now a well-known fact that growing houseplants in your home improves the air quality, and we’ve put together a list of our top ten favourites that are easy-to-grow and look fabulous: One houseplant per 10 square metres is enough to help clean the air so a few plants in an average-sized room will help make a difference!
- Peace lily: (Spathiphyllum species). Ever popular for being tolerant of low light areas indoors, the peace lily will flower on and off throughout the year.
- Spider plant: (Chlorophytum comosum). Easiest of all houseplants – it grows anywhere - plus it is so easy to propagate from the tiny plantlets that will appear on the end of its stems.
- Kentia palm: (Howea forsteriana). Beautiful elegant palm which is expensive but worth it. Lovely in a partly shady area.
- Boston fern: (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’). Popular since the Victorian era, this fern needs bright but indirect light and high humidity. Therefore, mist the leaves regularly or keep on a tray of gravel with the water just below the surface.
- English ivy: (Hedera helix). Tough and attractive, easy to grow ivy needs cool conditions, especially in winter.
- Snake plant: (Sanseveria trifasciata). Aka “mother-in-law’s tongue”. This plant is tolerant of almost any conditions and is available in many different foliage colours.
- Aloe vera: “First aid plant”. This succulent is easy to grow in bright light. Water sparingly.
- Jade plant: (Crassula ovata). Aka money tree – bushy succulent thriving in hot, sunny conditions. Can get quite large and last for years!
- Devil’s ivy: (Epipremnum aureum). Also called Scindapsis aureus. Very useful trailing plant or can be trained on a moss pole. Tolerant of low light levels
- Flamingo flower: (Anthurium andreanum). Beautiful waxy flowers last for weeks. Grows best in bright but indirect light