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Incorporating air-purifying plants into the home isn’t just for those with a green thumb. If your thumb is on its way to the green, but more of a yellow here’s a whole list of the best plants for newbies. The added bonus? Every play on this list meets two criteria:
There are countless benefits to adding more plants to your home. Through their natural process of photosynthesis, plants help remove toxins from the air by converting carbon dioxide into fresh oxygen. Studies have proven that indoor plants absorb cancer-causing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene.
Plants are a timeless way to add texture, style, and character to your room. It also brings nature into your home, and being connected to nature on a consistent basis can provide many benefits to one’s mental health and overall wellbeing.
All of the plants on this list are great for beginners. They all are quite resilient and can survive most environments. I’ve listed underneath each one, the preferred environment for each plant. Keep in mind that plants are alive, just like you and me. They deserve attention, care, and respect. And if you really want to be a great plant parent, yes, it’s true, they deserve positive affirmations. It’s been proven that speaking positively to your plants really does help them flourish.
I learned from a plant guru that it’s best practice to steer away from how often to water plants via a time schedule. It’s better to get to know your plant by observing it. You can tell when it’s “happy” by the color, the leaves, and the overall vibe it gives off. If it’s drooping and pale and brown leaves, it’s probably not doing too hot. Typically, you’ll want the check if the top 1-2 inches of soil is bone dry and that’s when you water. If it’s been a week and just by looking at the soil it looks wet, don’t water it.
Throughout the seasons, what the plant needs will change, so you’ll want to set at least one day a week to go around your house and tend to your plants, check on them, speak life to them, turn them so the other side of them starts getting sunlight. A little mindful, tender loving care works wonders, just like with us humans.
It’s also good practice to mist the leaves periodically with a mister and also to wipe the dust off the leaves. The tiny particles of dust can interfere with how much sunlight the plant is able to absord.
Snake Plants are one of the best air-purifying plants because you pretty much can’t kill them. They are ultra-durable and resilient to most conditions. From a design perspective, they add a bit of a sharp, clean, modern vibe to space, and can accentuate the height of an area since they are so vertical.
They prefer indirect sunlight, however, they can also do pretty well in low-light areas such as a shady corner of a room. The key with these bad boys is to never overwater. Well, that’s the key with most plants, but especially for this one. If you overwater it, it will rot out.
I had one of these and it kept growing babies! I think I had it for 2 years and was able to get about 5 different plants out of it. Typically I’d just gave them to people as gifts.
All in all, though, it’s my top choice pick for a beginner. Just make sure they don’t overwater it. It’s better to underwater this one than to overwater it. Always check to make sure the top 1-2 inches of soil is bone dry before watering and make sure it’s in a pot with good drainage.
English Ivy is a gorgeous, classic, air-purifying plant, but keep in mind it can be quite invasive because it’s an aggressive crawler! It does great indoors or outdoor and prefers bright, indirect sunlight. It also really does not like to be overwatered so wait til this guy’s top 1-2 inches of soil is bone dry before watering.
Ivy tends to do well on a shelf or bookcase where it can crawl down, or on a trellis where it can crawl up. It adds beautiful fullness, life, movement, and texture to a space. The variation in the leaves also adds a lot of natural beauty to a room. It gives off a more traditional, classic vibe as far as style goes.
Golden Pothos is another crawling air-purifying plan. They have a vibrant green color and a very clean and simple. With these, you’ll also want the top 1-2 inches to dry out before watering. They prefer bright, indirect light, but will also tolerate medium and low light. They just don’t like direct sunlight as it can burn their leaves.
This is a great plant to soften a room or bring any subtle natural element to the space. It does great on a shelf or mantle or somewhere it can crawl down.
Rubber Plants are a great air-purifying plant and super easy to care for. The thick durable, shiny leaves give a retro, vintage vibe. We have ours next to our record player and I just love that combination. These plants do not like any cold drafts of windy areas, so keep them away from your doors and breezy windows. They thrive in medium to bright indirect sunlight, but can also tolerate bright direct light. They aren’t the most tolerant of low light. Misting these guys periodically will keep them happy too.
A dragon tree is a classic air-purifying plant that is also very easy to care for. It brings a modern, spunky, and exciting energy to a room. These guys typically prefer a good amount of direct sun, about 4-6 hours a day. They’ll also need some shade too though. If the leaves turn brown, that’s a sign it’s probably getting too much sun. As far as watering goes, you’ll also want to let the top 1-2 inches of soil dry out before watering.
Peace Lilies are a sign of peace, innocence, purity, healing, hope, and prosperity. It’s often gifted as a sign of sympathy, longevity, beauty, rebirth, chastity, or virtue. These plants actually prefer indirect light and even shade, which is why they’re ideal for indoor environments. They’re known to do well in offices with fluorescent lights and no windows! When the leaves begin to droop, that’s how you’ll know it needs water.
The spider plant tends to symbolize the renewal of connections with others. It’s said that if you hang this plant in your kitchen, it brings abundance and prosperity.
Spider plants are a wonderful plant to give to people who are moving away from home for the first time. They bring a vibrant, natural, uplifting energy to a space and are very easy to care for. These guys prefer well-drained soil and indirect sunlight. They do not like to be overwatered as they can become very soggy and rot.
The Heartleaf philodendron is one of my favorite air-purifying plants for the home. As its name mentions, the leaves are in the shape of a heart, which symbolizes the love of nature and growth. These plants are said to bring good health and abundance, making them a gorgeous gift or accent to any room in your home.
Since this plant originated in the Caribbean, it prefers moist or humid environments. However, be careful not to overwater or mist as it has a tendency to develop a fungus if kept too moist. This plant is sensitive to extreme heat and prefers indirect sunlight.
Fittonia’s are gorgeous indoor plants, and they add much variety and texture to a space due to their interesting coloration. They typically prefer bright, indirect sunlight. However, too low of light can cause it to lose some of its vibrant, beautiful color as well as slow down its growth. Too much light can burn the leaves. So just like goldilocks, the amount of light must be juuuuust right. These guys love water and to be kept moist, just not wet and soggy.
Boston Ferns are another classic air-purifying plant. They add so much fullness, life, and texture to any space. They are gorgeous, voluptuous plants that get bigger and bigger the happier they are. These plants are loved and used all around the world. They generally symbolise eternal youth. In New Zealand, they are said to represent new life and new beginnings. In Japan, ferns symbolize family and the home for future generations.
The fern symbolizes eternal youth. To the indigenous Maori of New Zealand, the fern represented new life and new beginnings. To the Japanese, the fern symbolizes family and hope for future generations. According to Victorians, the fern symbolizes humility and sincerity.
Chinese evergreens are a great plant for beginners, and they also provide benefits to the air in your home. The variation in color on the leaves adds beautiful color and texture to any space. They’re soft, elegant and a classic plant to beautify any home. They prefer high humidity and medium to low indirect sunlight. A plant like this would do well in a bathroom near a shower, without indirect light.
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