By: TAYLOR LAMBERT
With the pandemic continuing to rage on and quarantine dragging out even further, people have had no choice but to stay home. Due to the stay at home order, people have started using plants to cope with the terror that COVID-19 causes. Plants are a great way to increase the feng-shui, a traditional practice from ancient China that claims to use energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment of your home; they’re also beneficial to your health and all-around fun to keep! Healthy benefits of keeping plants in your home include improving the overall air quality by reducing carbon dioxide levels, decreasing the presence of some pollutants, keeping temperatures down, etc. As far as aesthetics, plants are a perfect way to improve upon any space; from the Monstera to the Boston Fern, adding greenery to your home is always a great choice. Here is a list of some of the most popular and healthful plants to keep in your home:
Monstera thrives in a high-humidity environment and prefers to stay out of direct sunlight, too much sunlight will cause the leaves to burn. As this plant continues to grow, it may require pruning.
Snake Plants (Mother-in-law’s tongue)
Snake plants are one of the best plants to have in your home, not only because of their unique look but also because research has proven that they are the most oxygen-producing house plant. Snake plants work as air purifiers as well as removing toxins like carbon dioxide, benzene, and formaldehyde. These plants like being in full sun, shade and can survive with lack of water; essentially, these plants thrive on neglect. This is probably one of the easiest houseplants to keep!
Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)
Pothos is another plant that is almost impossible to kill, which is why so many love them! These plants will thrive in bright, low, and almost no light at all which is why they’re so easy to care for. These plants are also very easy to propagate; just snip off a vine and let the end sit in water until roots grow to about 4 inches long, then transplant it and watch it grow!
The rubber plant’s ability to remove toxins from the air, such as bacteria and mold spores, is one reason why this succulent-like plant would be a wonderful addition to your home. Besides removing toxins, the rubber plant’s attractive foliage is a great way to add some more life to your space.
Philodendron is another viney plant, sometimes confused for the pothos, that requires little care. These plants are very versatile and can be hung from the ceiling as well as anywhere else you see fit. These plants are also great air-purifiers, but make sure to keep them away from any pets or curious kids, because they are mildly toxic if consumed.
The spider plant is yet another great plant for those of us who have more of a knack for killing plants than keeping them alive. These plants thrive in any light and do well with over or under watering. This plant produces more oxygen than some and it’s been proven that they remove 95% of toxins from the air.
Jade is one of the most popular types of succulent, but their reputation for good luck goes unnoticed by many. Chinese practitioners of feng shui call this plant the money plant, and place them in their homes to attract wealth. This is a hardy plant that doesn’t require a lot of watering, but does need good sun.
Boston ferns are a low maintenance plant and one of the easiest ferns to grow, but that doesn’t mean you can neglect them like some of the other plants on this list. Boston ferns, like most other ferns, grow in high humidity rainforests and marshes, which means that they need adequate humidity to flourish. When caring for one of these plants, the soil should remain moist and never be allowed to dry out. These ferns do best in indirect light because direct light will burn their fronds.