#1. They purify the air
NASA rated the English Ivy as the number one best air-filtering houseplant. Studies have shown that houseplants remove harmful indoor pollutants such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, pollen, mold, and more – nasty things that are known to cause headaches, fatigue, sickness, and allergies. Other plants great at purifying the air are Spider Plants, Peace Lilies, and Boston Ferns.
#2. They make you feel better
Did you know the Aloe Vera plant has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes? The gel from the center of the leaves contains anti-inflammatory, wound-healing properties. Aloe Vera plants require very little water or bright light in order to thrive indoors. In general, plants have been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and make people happy.
#3. They add color and decoration
If you’re living in an apartment, you might be staring at a lot of beige. Plants not only add color but also texture. Put them in groupings to create a focal point or mix up your colors and variety to add intrigue. Plants with bold shapes and textures include Snake Plants, colorful Crotons, and Lacey Ferns.
#4. They highlight the season
Plants are a great way to decorate seasonally. In the spring, try African Violets with cheerful pastel flowers and during the summer, try tropical looking Bromeliads. In the fall, add oranges and yellows to your décor with Crotons, and in winter, add festive cheer with classic Poinsettias. There is a houseplant for every season!
#5. They are easy to care for
Did you know that certain varieties of houseplants could easily grow in any home? Snake Plants, which are actually a type of succulent, grow well in every lighting situation (bright to dark) and require very little water (once every few weeks or so.) Peace Lilies, a tropical looking plant, require a little more water and grow in bright to lower light as well. Cacti can be grown indoors as long as they are in a brightly lit room, and not overwatered (again, once every few weeks is ideal.) Air Plants, plants that do not grow in soil, can be kept in bright to medium light and watered once a week by soaking in the sink for a few hours. What’s easier than that?