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    Indoor Plant Ideas for Your Home

    October 3, 2017

    Indoor Plant Ideas for Your HomeThinking of selling your house? While curb appeal has a big impact, nothing livens up your home’s interior like a few well placed houseplants.

    Staging a home for sale is not a new concept, but it is a practice that has gained steam with more challenging markets.

    Thankfully, not only do plants add a pop of color but they can soften a corner or hide an assortment of unsightly things like outlets, plumbing and heating pipes and electrical outlet plugs to name a few.

    Okay, so maybe you’re not the best at tending to plants! But we have some some helpful advice to picking the right indoor houseplant.

    Indoor Plant Ideas

    1. Podocarpus
    Podocarpus macrophyllus, are excellent large foyer plants, where they can form attractive and sometimes striking indoor topiary. But many people don’t think of them at all as houseplants. But it’s a lovely, compact plant with long, green foliage that can be shaped very easily into columns, triangles, or almost any shape.

    2. Fiddle Leaf Fig
    For starters, there’s the fiddle leaf fig, known for its leathery leaves and substantial presence. Just make sure you don’t over water this plant (allow the soil’s surface to dry out in between waterings)! Medium to bright light is the magic formula.

    3. Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
    Also known as the ZZ plant (or the zee zee plant) is a long-lasting, super-resilient houseplant that can handle low to bright light. Note that the plant can be poisonous to pets and children if they start chewing on the leaves!

    4. The Rubber Plant
    The rubber plant is known for its ability to make a big statement with its large shiny leaves. Note that this plant leaks a milky white sap if damaged, as well as the fact that it can be trimmed to form more of a shrub than a tree. Give your rubber plant medium to bright indirect light, be sure to avoid direct sun, and allow the surface of the soil to dry out in between waterings.

    5. The Boston Fern
    The Boston fern can live for decades, especially when kept moist. Misting this plant is helpful between waterings, and medium to bright light is preferred. You often see this plant hanging in a basket or proudly resting on a pedestal. Not to mention, it makes a big statement with its full form.

    6. Cactus House Plants
    Cactus house plants are available in all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes, and sizes. The two types originate from the desert (most popular) or the forest and differ in appearance and the natural habitat they thrive in, which reflects on the care needed for each of them. Is you cactus not growing? The cause could be due to lack of or too much watering. Reduce or increase to the correct amount’s and wait to see progress.

    Types of cactus house plants

    • Rat’s Tail – Aporocactus Flagelliformis
    • Peruvian Apple – Cereus Peruvianus
    • Bunny Ears – Opuntia Microdasys
    • Christmas (Thanksgiving) – Schlumbergera Bridgesii
    • Easter Cactus – Hatiora Gaertneri
    • Orchid – Disocactus Ackermannii
    • Golden Barrel Cactus – Echinocactus Grusonii.

    Air Purification

    A lot of people know that having plants in the house can help with improving your life. But there have been claims that they can also help with cleaning your air.

    There was a study done by NASA in 1989 to find some new ways for leaning air in the space stations. Even though they found some really cool things, this study doesn’t claim that houseplants are able to remove the chemicals from the air.

    One thing that the study does say is that fans which contain filters that are activated carbon are able to quickly filter a lot of polluted air and should be used with houseplants to solve air pollution inside.

    So can a houseplant purify air? The theory says yes. But in order to have the amount of air cleaning power you’re thinking of, you’d need 680 plants inside your house, and that’s with just the typical pollutants. The better idea is to buy a system for air filtration or simply vacuuming more.

    Another thing that you should keep in mind is that sometimes houseplants can make the quality of your air worse. They can introduce pesticides used by nurseries or bacteria in the potting mix.

    Here are some tips that you can use to help your plants stay clean:

    • 1. Dust their leaves and dust your house
    • 2. Keep the potting mix where it should be using gravel or river rocks.
    • 3. Don’t use any pesticides if it’s possible.
    • 4. Put saucers under each of your plants so that extra potting mix is caught
    • 5. So that you’re preventing mold, just water plants whenever their potting mix’s top ½ inch is dry.
    • 6. If you see leaves that are fallen, damaged, yellowed or disease, remove them.

    Even though plants aren’t great at keeping your air clean, they can make you feel great and can keep your home cheerful. So don’t be afraid to keep some plants around the house.

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