Here at iTOVi, we’re pretty picky about what we bring into our homes. Whether it’s essential oils, food, or potted plants, we only bring in the best of the best for our families. When it comes to indoor plants, you really can’t go wrong bringing a little of the outside in! But there are certain types of plants that are easy to care for and beneficial for your health. In this guide, we’ll be covering the basics of houseplant care and how to rejuvenate your home environment with nature.
Why should I consider getting indoor plants?
Before we begin, we want to tell you why we have plants in our homes and why you should too. Not only do indoor plants add a pop of color to energize your environment, but they also naturally purify the air as they grow. Thanks to photosynthesis, plants can increase oxygen and humidity levels in their surroundings. So if you’re looking for a natural way to improve overall wellness in your home, look no further than right outside your window!
What type of plant should I get?
There are so many options when it comes to picking out plants, but some plant species are a lot easier to care for than others. If you’re new to the green game, you may want a succulent or snake plant to get you started. If you’ve had a green thumb for years, then challenge yourself with some beautiful orchids! Here are some of our favorite plants listed in order from easiest to hardest:
1. ZZ Plant
Officially known as zamioculcas zamiifolia, this is quite possibly the most indestructible indoor plant we found! It can survive in low humidity, low light, and with very little water. With a ZZ plant, it’s almost easier to care for it if you forget about it. So if you’re a forgetful gardener, then this is the house plant for you.
2. Aloe Vera
Similar to succulents, aloe vera plants are extremely durable and can go a week or two between soaks. It’s recommended that their soil is completely dry before watering again. And due to their slow growth rate, you can easily tuck these independent plants into any nook or cranny. They’re the perfect desktop accessory!
3. Spider Plant
These fast-growing shoots are perfect if you’re looking for a houseplant more on the larger side. They only need to be watered once a week, and if kept in a bright, indirectly lit area, should have a very long lifespan.
This plant is perfect for beginners since it actually tells you what it needs (not literally, but can we agree that talking plants would be outrageously cool?). In between waterings, allow the first inch of the top-soil to dry out. If the leaves become droopy, that means you are either over-watering or under-watering this plant. However, once you find the optimal watering routine, the leaves should recover quickly.
5. Peacock Plant
These plants are known for their beautiful leaf patterns and can be sensitive to bright light. This plant thrives in a high humidity environment (around 60% or so) and their soil should remain moist at all times, but the unique color is worth the extra attentiveness for this indoor plant!
How do I take care of them?
While each plant has unique requirements, most indoor plants need these three things: sunlight, water, and soil. Before picking out your plant, be sure to do some research about how often it needs to be watered. We recommend setting an alarm on your phone or posting a note on the fridge, so you don’t forget weekly or daily watering. If you need to leave town for an extended period, be sure to have a friend or family member stop by to water and give your plants a little extra love in your absence.
Indoor plants can make a lovely addition to your home if you give them the time and care they need. Just like all living things, they need a little love and nurturing to grow. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling and breathing the benefits in no time!
If you’re looking for more information on the various types of indoor plants, head on over to Gardening Know How.