While scrolling through social media, many of us would have seen homes littered with lush green plants and aren’t those homes just goals? Now, not many of us have a green thumb, or can barely feed ourselves on time (ahem). Fret not! NASA, our millennial saving grace, released a two-year study on houseplants! This study lists out the best indoor plants that help clean and purify the air of nasty pollutants like trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde, yuck!
Here are 5 of the plants that you can have in your own home that are pretty and low maintenance!
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A flowering plant that is low maintenance? Say no more! The peace lily only needs to be watered once a week and needs very little sunlight, a perfect plant to put in that nook in your living room that you don’t know what to do with.
Mother in Laws Tongue/Snake Plant
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This is a plant you truly have to try to kill, as long as you remember to water it occasionally and fertilize it as and when. It does not need much sunlight, and can tolerate virtually any weather- if you’re a busy individual, this plant will be perfect pick.
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Green leaves contrasted with white centers, this is the colorblock plant of your dreams. First of all, it is beautiful with its big, shiny, waxy, leaves and it its lush silhouette will certainly be a great focal point that belongs in any room of your home. Also another plant that doesn’t require much sunlight, and a plant that does not respond well to overwatering, you can certainly forget to water it from time to time.
Channel you Harvard dreams into your houseplants and get this little-potted baby that looks fantastic hanging from a planter. English Ivys prefer cooler temperatures so it’s the perfect little plant to keep in your bedroom (or bathroom). Plus, if you want another little plant, just snip off a stem and repot it- in two weeks or so you’ll have another English Ivy starting to grow 😉
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Alright, the name of this plant is a dead giveaway. The leaves are massive, and come on, if we are all being honest with ourselves, it is hard to not get excited about a plant with leaves bigger than your face. This plant thrives well in hotter climates, and makes a fantastic green friend to have around in a humid environment. If it gets too hot or rainy, you can even use the biggest leaf as an umbrella (read: Totoro)
Now, these are great plants to start growing your indoor garden with. Easy to care for, low maintenance, and aesthetically pleasing. Best part? They clean your air too, so the smog and pollution that the wind brings in from the city is one less thing you have to worry about.
Getting the plants is one hurdle in itself, what about pots? Planters? Should you get a big pot or a hanging planter? Get one of Gawin.ph’s trusted interior designers here to help you with your quest to achieve your idyllic urban indoor jungle.
written by Sereena Low