Top 9 Indoor Plants: Purify The Air With Minimum Maintenance

9 plants that filter indoor air

Over the past decade, there has been a rise in the number of indoor gardeners- not only in the US but throughout the world.

With more and more people moving into the fast-paced and small spaced city life, having an outdoor garden has become a luxury few have the room for.

The good news, however, is that this has caused a surge in the number of people opting for indoor gardening. Indoor gardening is affordable, easy, time efficient, and helps you stay healthy!

In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the best indoor plants you can get for your room, apartment, your office or any closed space.

Now without further ado, let’s begin.

 

1) Sansevieria (Mother-in-law’s Tongue)

1) Sansevieria (Mother in law’s tongue)

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Also known as a Snake Plant, this house plant is among the easiest ones to take care of and one of our best sellers.

This is mainly due to its ability to be grown in a variety of lighting conditions. This means that you really don’t have to worry about your apartment, room, or office getting a lot of sunlight. All you need is to make sure the soil and the air inside the room are dry. This allows the Sansevieria leaves to grow perfectly upright.

The Sansevieria / Mother-in-law’s Tongue helps in purifying the air and also improves the humidity level, making it the perfect plant for your home.

The only thing you need to make sure of is that the root ball stays a bit damp during the summers and a bit dryer in the winter.

 

2)  Ferns

2)  Ferns

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Ferns are houseplants that can add a tropical look and feel to your house. Ferns are a good choice for those who want a low-maintenance houseplant with an amazing look.

There are a lot of types of ferns to choose from including:

  • Boston / sword / ladder fern
  • Bird’s nest
  • Button fern
  • Maidenhair fern (Adiantum)
  • Silver Brake
  • Kangaroo paw

Ferns are suitable for growing indoors as long as you provide them with the right amounts of light, humidity and moisture. This is because ferns originate from the tropical areas where humidity is high.

To increase the humidity surrounding your fern, we recommend that you put some pebbles in the saucer and set the fern on the pebbles. As you water the fern, the water settles in between the pebbles and helps increase the moisture in the air around the fern.

If you find this somewhat complicated, you can always opt for misting your fern from time to time with water

 

3) Fiddle Leaf Fig

 

This indoor plant is probably the most popular one out there. The Fiddle Leaf Fig took social media by the storm a few years back- so much so that it was on Twitter’s trending page. Even today, the hype of this tree-like indoor plant lives on.

The beauty of the large, dark green leaves on this beautiful houseplant really catch the eye and might give the impression that its a high maintenance plant- but it really isn’t.

To take care of the Fiddle Leaf Fig, keep your room temperature between around 65 and 75 degrees, provide bright to medium light and water when the soil is dry to the touch.

Also, make sure to trim it if you feel like it’s taking up a lot of space. This plant can grow up to 6 feet tall!

 

 

 

4) Philodendron

Philodendron

This houseplant is a very easy one to care for and adapts easily to the conditions inside the house.  There are two main types of Philodendron- vining and non-climbing.

Vining Philodendrons require a structure to support them so they can grow upwards. Examples include the Blushing Philodendron and the Heartleaf Philodendron.

The Lacy Tree Philodendron and the Bird’s Nest Philodendron, on the other hand, are examples of the non-climbing Philodendrons. This type usually has an upright, spreading growth habit.

When deciding which one you want to keep indoors, make sure that you take into consideration that the width of the non-climbers can be twice as much as their height. This means they take up a lot of room in order to grow.

Taking care of Philodendron houseplants is easy since they are able to thrive indoors year round without any problems. Just make sure the location you put your Philodendron in has access to bright, indirect sunlight and maintain a regular watering schedule.

 

5) Pothos (Devil’s ivy)

5) Pothos (Devil’s ivy)

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This popular houseplant is known by several names, such as Golden Pothos, Hunter’s Robe, Ivy Arum, Money Plant, and Taro Vine.

P0thos is easy to grow and maintain in an indoor setting.  All you need to do is to place it somewhere with bright, but indirect sunlight. You can keep it in low light as well.

When it comes to watering the plant, you need to make sure you dry out the soil, preventing the roots from getting wet. To make this easier, you can grow the plant in any well-draining potting soil.

Pothos is a fast growing plant that can grow 6-10′ over time. If you don’t want it to take over all of your space, make sure to give it a trim every few months.

Since Pothos helps clean out toxins from the air, make sure to place one in your office and/or living rooms. This will help in removing carbon monoxide from these spaces.

 

6) Calatheas

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Commonly known as Cathedral/Peacock/Zebra/Rattlesnake/Prayer plants, the Calathea plant is mostly used for indoor office or home decoration purposes. This makes it one of our best sellers.

One of the reasons this plant is so popular is that it requires a very small amount of indirect lighting to grow making it perfect for many indoors spaces.   Calathea don’t require a strict watering schedule either- water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch.

Calathea plants are not only easy to take care of, but they are really good looking as well. The bright green leaves of this plant bring life to any place.

 

 7) Monstera Philodendron

7) Monstera Philodendron

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The Monstera Philodendron, better known as the Split Leaf Philodendron, is a popular plant mainly due to its big size and low maintenance.

The Monstera Philodendron is also known as the Windowleaf Plant, Ceriman, and the Mexican Breadfruit Plant.

Even though this plant is large in size, it only requires medium to bright intensity of indirect sunlight to grow. If kept in the right conditions, you might see your Monstera Philodendron bloom.

Make sure to water it well. Always make sure the top 25-30% of the soil is dry before you water the plant. Though it is advisable to keep the soil damp, make sure it doesn’t get soggy.

 

8) Peace Lily

8) Peace Lily

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Another air purifying plant on our list, the Peace Lily is a beautiful indoor plant that flowers.  This makes the Peace Lily delightful to look at as well as being an air purifier.

To take care of this majestic indoor plant, all you need is to put it in a place with light partial shade. This houseplant is so low maintenance that there have been instances of it thriving in rooms with no windows at all.

Another great advantage of keeping a peace lily is that it sends out signals if it isn’t getting the required attention. For example, when in need of water, it sags down a bit. And if the leaves start yellowing, this means the light is too strong for it. These signs make it easier even for first-time plant owners to develop a green thumb.

And if, for some reason, you still miss all the signs and find your Peace Lily completely depleted, just give it some water and sunlight. You will be surprised at how quickly the Peace Lily revives.

9) Zanzibar Gem

9) Zanzibar Gem

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Known for being ‘almost indestructible’, this amazingly stunning plant is perfect for those who tend to forget their plants.

The Zanzibar Gem, also known as ZZ plant, is a drought-resistant plant native to Africa. The deep and green glossy leaves may give it the look of a high water consuming plant. The reality however, is quite the opposite. These bad boys can survive an extremely long period of time without water.

To let this plant thrive, make sure to water it no more than once a month.

When it comes to its main source of food, sunlight, make sure it gets a moderate or medium amount of it indirectly. While Zanzibar Gems can live in extremely low light, it isn’t advisable since low light means little new growth & stretchy stems.

 

And there you have it- your guide to some of the best houseplants for your indoor spaces.

Whether you’re a veteran indoor gardener or someone with a new found passion,  give any and all of these houseplants a try.

 

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