Did you know that houseplants are good for your health? According to NBC Better, studies have shown that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity by up to 15 percent, reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your work space, too. Extensive research by NASA has further revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxin in 24 hours.
I love the fact that many of the plants in my home have health benefits. Plants also have a lot to do with how the space feels. In my personal experience, plants makes every room in my house cozy and inviting. A few days ago, I took all my living room plants to my front balcony to water them. My husband immediately told me that our living room looks somewhat sad. It was so true. Without plants, our living room and our entire apartment felt like a box with a couch and dining table. Thanks to our plants, the space has character and a relaxing charm.
I am going to share with you some of my favourite indoor plants and some of their benefits. Most of my information is based on my personal experience and experience of others in books and blogs that I have come across.
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When I was a child, my grandmother had a lo of Sword Fern plants. I remember playing with their leaves all the time. I was fascinated by their long branches and the many leaves growing on them. One of my favourite things about this plant is that it helps to restore humidity to the air. According to Inter Flora, the Sword Fern is thought to be one of the best air purifying houseplants due to its lush green foliage.
Sword Fern needs a cool place with high humidity and indirect light.
As soon as my husband and I moved to Switzerland, I was searching for a Monstera Delicious to fill our new home with some tropical vibes. Luckily, a friend of mine gave us one as a wedding present. The plant has definitely lived up to its name as it hasn't stopped growing ever since. It looks so elegant and robust at the same time. One of the things that I like most about the Monsterra Deliciosa is that it can adapt to different environments very easily.
This plant helps to clean the air and is particularly effective in humidifying air conditioned interiors.
The Monstera Deliciosa needs medium light.
Cactus are very easy to take care of. They need only a little amount of water, but need a good amount of light. Place your cactus close to a window. This will allow the cactus to take the amount of light it needs. Cactus can bring a lot of joy into your home, but they don't have any air-cleaning properties.
Close to a window with bright direct light.
This plant has become very popular when architects and interior designers started using it to decorate. I have to admit that I do understand why designers use this plant so often. The leaves are so big and unique. Everything about the Ficus Lyrata is exaggerated and as a consequence makes the space look special and elegant. Gadgets Review wrote that the Ficus Lyrata has amazing health benefits, as the leaves serve as an air purifier. It also helps to eliminate dust, controls humidity, and prevents health problems like sore throats, coughs and cold. That is amazing!
The Ficus Lyrata needs bright indirect light.
I bought the Ponytail Palm for one of my plant pots in a gallery exhibition. To my surprise, the Ponytail Palm is very easy to take care of and looks beautiful. According to Business Insider, their massive trunk can store a lot of water, which makes it a great plant for people who lack a green thumb. The Ponytail Palm adapts very easy to any kind of climate, looks absolutely beautiful, its pet-friendly (non-toxic for dogs and cats) and used to dry and arid conditions.
The Ponytail Palm needs low to medium indirect light.
HOUSE MAP FOR YOUR PLANTS
I want to share with you a house map for plants from The Sill. This map has helped me find the right plants for my home.
Image from thesill.com
If you want to learn more about plants, I am adding some links below that talk more about the plants, their benefits and how to take care of them .
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