Make your House a Home with a Houseplant

Why buy a houseplant?

Houseplants have soared in popularity in recent years. Indoor foliage and flowers can reduce stress levels and, according to a study by NASA, favourites including the peace lily (Spathiphyllum), spider plant(Chlorophytum ) and snake plant (Sansevieria) enhance air quality by removing toxins. We can’t resist the temptation to transform homes into urban jungles.

Our modern-day homes can have some airborne ‘chemicals’ due to many different materials used in furniture, carpets and in paints. Though in very low levels, some houseplants can assist in reducing these from our homes by purifying the air around us.

10 best houseplants for beginners

Potted houseplants have a luxurious appearance and can be used to brighten up the room on a budget. They also have a great impact on the environment, and many of them filter the air. But what if you don't know much about how to grow plants or which houseplants are the best ones to grow? Easy! Discover the top 10 houseplants for beginners! They are easy to grow and can survive in various weathers.

1.Snake Plant

a plant which gives off oxygen in the night is the Snake Plant, or as you may know it, the Mother-in-Laws Tongue. These plants can remove a variety of air pollutants, including carbon dioxide as they use this to transpire making it one of the best houseplants for air purification.

2.Peace Lily

A popular houseplant that blooms indoor is the beautiful Peace Lily. These plants have unusual white flowers and have been identified as one of the top air purifying houseplants for removing harsh chemicals and purifying the air! They work by absorbing the airborne ‘toxins’ through their leaves, down into the roots and break them down in the soil.

3. Aloe Vera

You are probably no stranger to the notion that Aloe Vera provides many health and beauty benefits due to its healing ability, making it a common plant for the home. However, it also provides air purifying abilities to help some common chemicals founds in household detergents, paint & glue. Aloe Vera works by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide during the night – which means the air is being cleaned while you sleep!

4. Weeping Fig

 Some Clean Air Studies have identified that the Weeping Fig is particularly effective when purifying the air from common ‘chemicals’ found in adhesives and nail polishes, glues and stain removers. The plant can actually be grown both outdoors and indoors, but it makes a very attractive houseplant with its long, glossy leaves.

5. Boston Fern

 Do you suffer from dry skin in the cold weather? It may be worth investing in one of these stunning indoor plants to help. The Boston Fern has been proven to give a significant increase to the quality of air as they help to restore moisture and act as a humidifier. This unique quality makes them one of the top air-purifying plants on a list in Clean Air Studies.

6. Spider Plant

Not all of us possess the green thumb. Also it can be time consuming to look after plants properly if you have a busy lifestyle. If this is you, the Spider Plant could be a great option as they are extremely easy to grow. This houseplant is able to remove carbon dioxide ( the stuff we breathe out into the air around us) therefore creating more oxygen.

7. Dracaena

It can take a while for these houseplants to grow as the Dracaena can grow to up to 8ft in height, so make sure you place these in a room with high ceilings. These tall houseplants are very efficient in ‘cleaning’ the air, especially in newly-furnished rooms.

8. Bamboo Palm

The Bamboo Palm is near the top of the list in many Clean Air Studies. It is amazing for purifying the air of certain chemicals associated with paints and new carpets . They do however require a lot of room to grow (up to 12 feet), which is one of the reasons they are great for filtering so much air!

9. Chrysanthemum

Also known as ‘Mums’, these flowers can provide a beautiful burst of colour into your home; available in a variety of colours ranging from yellow, pink, red and white! Not only do they make a lovely display, but they are also great for cleansing the air. They are also particularly useful in removing chemicals associated with paints and glues. To keep your Chrysanthemums flowering, make sure you place them in a room that is bright and receives a lot of direct sunlight.

10. Orchid

Most houseplant orchids like bright light, but not direct sun, such as on a north- or east-facing windowsill. They like regular watering and misting, preferably with rainwater or boiled water rather than tap water. Many need to be grown in specific orchid compost, rather than traditional houseplant compost.

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