House plants do much more than simply beautify your indoor space. It is known in the scientific community that keeping plants inside your home can bring a plethora of physical and mental health benefits. Many of your average, everyday house plants improve your health by fighting pollutants, producing oxygen, and subsequently contribute to a zen feeling in your home by purifying your space. Some of the psychological benefits of having house plants are increased self-esteem, improved mood and sense of well-being, reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, and increased feelings of calm, relaxation, and optimism.
So having plants inside is only a good thing! So just what to do you do with greenery once you get it in your home? And which plants should you even get? Well, this Ideabook is dedicated to telling you just that. Here are a few tips and tricks on getting, arranging, and maintaining greenery in your home.
Just about any plant you want is a great choice for your home to help purify the air and your spirit. Some of the best plants for air purification are ferns, palm trees, rubber plants and Janet Craigs, English ivy, and peace lilies. If you're going for pure, aesthetic beauty, some of the most charming plants you can buy are African violets, hibiscus, oxalis, Brazilian fireworks, gloxinia, and geraniums.
If you want a plant that offers more than air purification or aesthetic beauty, invest in an aloe plant. The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties that soothe skin burns and cuts and monitor the air quality in your home. Aloe purifies the air of pollutants, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, aloe's leaves will turn spotted brown.
Obviously, when it comes to watering plants, the frequency of watering and the volume of water depends entirely on the plant. If you're looking for low maintenance plants, consider succulents such as aloe vera, zanzibar gem, and slim cacti, ponytail palms, snake plants, Chinese evergreen, and begonias, as they require almost no water and you don't have to water them that often.
If you have more of a green thumb and watering plants isn't an issue for you, some lovely plants to consider are canna, turtlehead, elephant's ear, Siberian iris, and cardinal flowers. These are all tropical plants that thrive on massive amounts of water and sunlight.
Just a general rule of thumb: Plants with large, glossy, dark leaves tend to absorb more heat and require a lot of water. If hydrating is a concern, stick with smaller and lighter-coloured or silvery leaves that retain water and diffuse light.
So now that you've chosen your plants, it's time to figure out where to put them! First, let's consider simply potting the plants. Here are a few tips for caring for potted plants:
First, you have to choose a good pot. Make sure there are one or more holes in the bottom of your container so that water can flow out freely. Insufficient drainage can cause roots to drown and cause the plant to die. Then choose the soil. Don't use soil from the yard or garden, as it can be filled with weed seeds, insects, and fungal diseases. Buy soil at your local garden center. If you are planting succulents or cacti, use a mix formulated just for them. Once you have the pot and the soil, just place your plant inside and put your newly potted plant on any surface you want.
So now you have some potted plants. Where can you put them? One of the coolest and most unique ways to display your greenery in your home is to hang your plants on the walls. Take this image as a prime example. It's hard to imagine this space without these beautiful plants on the wall, but this living room would be quite plain without the vibrant green colour of the leaves that pop in a neutral coloured room.
When you want to build a living wall for yourself, the correct selection of plants plays a major role. The lipstick plant is one of the best plants for a vertical garden. Paired with the ever versatile fern, and you have a gorgeous living wall in no time.
Can light bulbs be anything but functional glass bubbles? The answer is yes! And they're quite the cute and stylish accessories for your home. Creating your own light bulb planter can be difficult, as it requires careful removal of the base of the lightbulb in order to get the plant inside. If you're not willing to take on this project on your own, don't worry. You can buy light bulb planters at most home and garden centres. But once you do get one, you'll need to make sure that you keep your plants watered. Depending on the type of plants you have, you may need to water them anywhere between once a week and just once a month.
Another nice alternative to light bulb planters is to put a light bulb in a planter! Take this image for example. A small, geometric glass planter perfectly houses small cacti and a light.
The key to keeping your home looking alive with plant life is to figure out their individual life cycle. Many common plants only grow for one season and then need to be replanted the next. These plants are called annuals and some pretty ones include marigold, angel's trumpet, ferns, baby blues, and begonia.
Biennials are plants whose entire life cycle occurs within two years. In the first year, these plants are only vegetative, which means they don't produce reproductive structures. During their second year, the plant stem elongates, and flowers and seeds are produced.
And then there are perennials. Perennials persist to grow for many seasons and are commonly trees and shrubs.