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The Best Low-Maintenance Houseplants

Mar 28, 2017

 Having plants in your home can improve your health, mood, and quality of life. In fact, greenery and flowers can improve your blood pressure and anxiety, as well as the air quality of your home. Take a look at our favorite easy-to-care-for plants below.

 

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When it comes to low-maintenance plants, aloe is often found at the top of the list. Not only does the gel derived from the plant soothe cuts and burns, aloe plants help clear pollutants from the air. When harmful chemicals from cleaning products become excessive, the leaves of the plant will start to show brown spots.

 

To care for an aloe plant, allow the soil to dry completely between watering. Depending on the humidity in your home, this could mean between 2 to 3 weeks. Place your aloe plant in an area with plenty of natural lighting.

 

Calathea

Nicknamed the “peacock plant,” and occasionally, a “prayer plant,” a Calathea plant displays beautiful purple, green and pink leaves. Avoid placing this plant in bright light to avoid faded leaves, and keep the leaves moist to make the most of this beauty.

 

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English Ivy

English Ivy, with its long and climbing tendrils can add plenty of visual interest to a home whether it is placed in a pot, hanging basket, or window box. According to theChicago Botanic Garden, among the most popular varieties of this plant include Domino, Irish Lace, and Cascade. English Ivy flourishes in moderate temperatures and medium sunlight. This timeless and elegant plant is easy to care for and makes an excellent present.


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PeaceLily

This simple beauty juxtaposes dark green leaves with white spoon-shaped flowers that grow in the summer. The peace lily enjoys warm and humid environments and indirect sunlight. Take notice of the size before you purchase a peace lily considering that this plant can grow between one and six feet.

 

Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum - otherwise called a spider plant - can help add visual interest and texture to a room with its long and thin leaves. This fast-growing plant is a natural air purifier and thrives in well-lit areas. Better yet, this plant’s quick-growing nature makes it easy to adapt. In fact, you can cut off one of the plantlets to transplant and grow elsewhere or to share with friends. The spider plant is excellent for novices as it can withstand neglect in well-drained soil and bright, indirect light.

 

Snake Plants

This plant has vivid sword-like leaves with dramatic yellow and white patterning. To add vertical visual interest or to brightening a corner, add a Snake plant to your home. These plants don’t need much light or water to grow. While most plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the day, the Snake plant does so at night. Place this plant in your bedroom for a boost of purified air while you sleep!

 

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Succulents

Succulents are an excellent option if you often forget to water your houseplants. All you need is a sunny spot and occasional watering. These tough plants can last for years and come in a wide assortment of species and varieties. Among the most popular are Candelabra Tree, Flapjacks, Crown of Thorns, Jade, Hens and Chicks, and Pincushion Cactus. Head toGarden Know How for ideas on starting a succulent garden.

 

Philodendron

A popular choice in many homes, a Philodendron plant grows decorative vines and are easy to care for with moderate water and some sunlight. The Philodendron, like the English Ivy, is excellent at absorbing xylene, a toxin found in many glues and leathers.

 

Caring for houseplants offers plenty of mental and physical health benefits. For more resources on caring for your loved ones, visit Horizon Health Care.

 



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