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Houseplants 101

Shannon Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Sep 14 4 minutes read

Houseplants can bring out your home's style and give other benefits to you and your family. They are not only decorative but they also contribute to cleaning the environment and air. From different variations of plants ranging from succulents to blooming houseplants, you can know everything you need, to have your plants thriving in your home.

 

Succulents:
These tough and low maintenance plants are the ideal beginner plants. Especially great for all the busy homeowners because they don’t require a regular watering or care and add a nice accent to any room in the house.

Humidity loving plants:
This bathroom plants can make your bathroom look vibrant and shimmering. Put your flower pot on gravel, loose rocks or sand to trap moisture and sustain your bathroom plants alive year-round.

Kitchen herbs:
Plants like these will benefit your kitchen and cooking from kitchen herbs! Place them near your windows and use them in your favorite dishes.

Hanging plants:
Hanging potted plants is a pleasant way to jazz up your decor. Putting hanging baskets on top of your collection of houseplants makes an amusing layered look, with plants from floor to ceiling.


The Best Indoor Houseplants

Peace Lily

Peace Lily's ability to purify the air, provide a relaxing atmosphere, it can also reduce harmful indoor compounds. These are excellent  houseplants because they enhance dark areas, such as bathrooms, bedrooms, and offices


Golden Pothos

These are the most common indoor plant, especially if you find yourself looking at a screen all day. Aside from purifying the air, this power plant can also prevent ocular hypertension. If you already had too much screen time, relax your eyes and take a break with the Golden Pothos.


Cacti

Cacti are perfect indoor plants for those who are not able to sustain plants for long. It doesn't require much care and it grows all on their own. They only require minimal watering, so it's something to worry less about.


Snake Plants

This type of plant is vibrant and lively which requires only little maintenance. They grow on indirect sunlight and flourish with a single touch. The best approach when caring for snake plants is to drench and dry, which can extend their lives significantly. Benefits include absorption of benzene, xylene, toluene, and keep the system free of toxic fumes.


Weeping Fig

Don't let the name discourage you. These plants are ones experts say must find a place in every household. It helps in filtering out hidden pollutants in common places such as carpets, curtains, furniture, sheets, etc. Weeping figs is basically nature's air purifier.


Calatheas

These charmers not only provide colorful décor but also assists a better indoor environment by cleansing the air. Don't be shocked when their leaves close at night, they'll open again in the morning!



How to Care for Indoor Plants

Once you’ve started to grow houseplants, you ’ll also need to know how to sustain care for them.

Repotting

I bought a plant… how do I add it to my pot? Pick the right size of the container and potting mix. One of the reasons plants die is because of soggy soil. Find a new pot that is only slightly bigger and has the proper drainage for excess water. Select an all-purpose potting mix for most plants or a cactus mix for succulents that require excellent drainage. 

Lighting

If your plant needs a direct or indirect supply of sunlight to flourish, consider placing plants in windowsills or purchasing a grow lamp if that wont suffice. 

Nutrients 

Some plants might need extra nutrients in order to gro. This can easily be done by repotting your plants with nutrient-rich soil, which will release nutrients over time. Some soil is specially formulated for indoor plants, which feature all the basic nutrients they will need to thrive inside your home.

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