Indoor House Plants and Their Many Benefits

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Modern living room with houseplants (interiorgardens)
Modern living room with houseplants (interiorgardens)

In addition to adding a bit of green to your home, house plants are very important as they filter the air in your home and provide you with fresh oxygen. This keeps carbon dioxide levels regulated as well as lowers the risk of Sick Building Syndrome, stagnant air, and mold.

Aloe

Aloe (avso).
Aloe (avso).

Aloe grows to be 3ft high x 3 ft wide and needs bright light, 65 – 75°F atmosphere, and moderately dry soil.

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus (cleveland)
Christmas Cactus (cleveland)

This plant has the beauty of a flower with the easy maintenance of a cactus! They grow to be about 8 in x 6 in and needs bright light, 70 – 80°F atmosphere, and moderately dry, well-drained soil.

Ficus

Ficus (thedeskofannie)
Ficus (thedeskofannie)

Ficus’ seem to be the standard interior plant. They grow to be anywhere between 1 and 12 feet and need medium to bright light, 65 – 75°F atmosphere, and barely moist soil.

Parlor Palm

Parlor Palm (houzz)
Parlor Palm (houzz)

Parlor Palms are another classic. They grow to be between 1 and 8 ft and need medium to low light, 55 – 75°F atmosphere, and evenly moist soil.

Hoya

Hoya (thepalmroom)
Hoya (thepalmroom)

Hoya grows to be at most 1 foot long and needs medium to bright light, 55 – 75° atmosphere, and moderately dry soil.

English Ivy

English Ivy (Marilyn)
English Ivy (Marilyn)

This classic foliage can get up to 1 ft high and 6 ft wide, they need medium to bright light, 55 – 70°F atmosphere, average to high humidity, and evenly moist soil.

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Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia (Pinterest)
Dieffenbachia (Pinterest)

While the name may be a mouthful, it is a very common houseplant. It should be avoided in places with pets and babies as chewing on the leaves can lead to numbness and swelling tongues. They can grow to be 3 ft high and need low to medium light, 65 – 80°F atmosphere, and evenly moist soil.

Cast-Iron Plant

Cast-Iron Plant (lumuinteriors)
Cast-Iron Plant (lumuinteriors)

This nearly indestructible plant is perfect for a busy home that is not always able to care for a high maintenance plant. It is the perfect ‘dark corner’ occupant. It can grow to be 2 ft tall and wide and needs only low light, 45 – 85°F atmosphere, and evenly barely moist soil.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily (Houzz)
Peace Lily (Houzz)

For those who want a little more color in their plant, peace lilies are ideal. These are also very low maintenance plants needing only low to bright light, 60 – 85°F atmosphere, and evenly moist soil.

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