Aside from visual beauty, there are a lot of health benefits when it comes to growing plants at home. They release oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide and reduce up to 87 percent of toxins in the air within 24-hours. Homegrown plants can also boost a person’s mood and reduce stress levels. A lot of people enjoy keeping plants at home because they provide a sense of nature and calmness, freshening up each room to create a positive feeling throughout. However, plants require a certain level of care, and some tend to survive better than others.
In this article we share with you five easy to care for plants for both in the home and the garden.
In the Home
To boost your health, mood and productivity, consider housing the following five natural and long-lasting plants within your home and office. The best part is these plants do not require a lot of attention to thrive.
Top tip: Plants with broad leaves are often the best for regulating humidity, which is necessary during the winter months when the air is dry!
Rubber plants have a very attractive shine on their dark green leaves. These houseplants are very easy to grow both indoors and outdoors and can get up to 10-feet tall. Their vibrant color spreads a lot of positivity. If you want to keep these plants small, it’s necessary to trim the leaves regularly.
They are best planted in large clay pots with a well-aerated potting soil. Rubber plants require a lot of indirect sunlight and should be kept near a window or sliding door. Always let the soil dry out in-between watering.
These indoor plants provide a very tropical ambiance, and their leaves can grow up to one foot long. The entire plant, however, can grow up to 6-feet tall. They are a cheerful addition to any corner of a bedroom and should be kept at room temperature, under medium to low light conditions. A dieffenbachia should be planted in a large flowerpot, and the soil should be kept evenly moist.
Heartleaf Philodendron plants are easiest to keep indoors, as they require very little light. They can be planted in a medium-sized clay pot and placed in a room with shelves so the leaves can wrap around them. The dark green leaves also develop into little hearts closer to the stems. These plants should always be kept at room temperature. The surface of the soil needs to be dry and should not be watered more than once a week. Too much moisture might kill the plant or hinder its growth.
These plants are the perfect choice for a tropical climate look and can grow up to 7-feet tall. If you prefer to keep them small, place them in a small-sized floor pot and that will limit their growth. The soil needs to be kept mostly dry, with very little watering every alternate week. They do not require a lot of sunlight and can be ideal for decorating hallways.
Orchids are very visually appealing because they come in different colors. They require plenty of sunlight and humidity and can be placed next to a bedroom window. A humid utility room can also provide a safe environment for orchids to grow if there is enough natural light. If there is not enough humidity, place a tray of pebbles under the plants, and mist them daily. This can act as a humidifier.
If the orchid stops growing despite all the right conditions, it might be time for repotting. Orchids need to be kept in a pot which allows gentle airflow and proper drainage, enough to retain some moisture. They should be watered once a week.
In the Garden
Some plants require a lot of sunlight and are better to grow in gardens, and patios. If you’re looking for a lot of variation in colour and scent, these are five examples of outdoor plants that are easy to maintain.
Pansies are very colorful, easy to maintain and very fragrant. Adding a pleasant touch to any garden. Even if the weather is cold, they continue to bloom. They need at least 6-hours a day of sunlight and grow best in well-drained soil, with a high level of organic matter. Be sure to water them regularly to keep the roots cool.
Forsythia provide a bright and sun kissed look with its yellow leaves. They need a lot of sunlight and can grow healthy in any type of soil. These plants can easily survive in cold temperatures and bloom in early spring. Bear in mind that forsythias can grow very large if they are not clipped regularly. However, it is easy to make a nice garden hedge with them.
These are plants that grow to cover old walls and dirty fences. They are perfect as outdoor plants as they bring color to a garden throughout the year. Honeysuckles can also survive through cold weather and have a variety of colorful flowers which have a delicious scent. They also produce berries which are enjoyed by birds. These can grow in any soil type and need to be sprayed with water regularly, especially if it’s very hot outside.
These outdoor plants are easiest to maintain since they bloom nonstop and rarely need to be cared for. People often forget about them. They have bright colorful flowers which can attract butterflies and survive through any weather. You can also hang them over old fences to make them look more attractive.
These are small outdoor plants that can be kept on the patio in a small pot or planted in a flower bed. Geraniums thrive in warm weather, but they can still bloom during winter before it snows. They are easy to grow and maintain in any soil type.
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