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According to the EPA, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. This is worse for your health than you’d think. Most things in your home, like paint, drywall, copy machines, carpeting, and so much more, release pollutants, making indoor toxins 2 to 5 times higher than it is outdoors.
Enter indoor plants, the natural air purifier and stress reliever! Indoor plants are great for multiple reasons, including removing air pollutants, reducing stress, boosting productivity, and not to mention they make your home look so much lovelier!
When caring for plants that don’t need a lot of sunlight, keep in mind that they still need at least some light to survive. If there are no windows, please make sure your room lights are enough. If they don’t get enough light, they will often stop growing or have stunted new growth.
I individually link how to properly care for each of these plants to help you out on being an awesome plant owner!!
Also- if you have pets or children, make sure to double check if a plant is toxic to them or not. Best to be safe than sorry!
The Chinese Evergreen plant is a luck-bringing plant that’s great for new plant moms! They clean out formaldehyde and benzene from the air in your home. Be careful not to allow it to get direct sunlight as it can burn the leaves.
Learn how to care for the Chinese Evergreen Plant.
Every Bromeliad is unique in its shape, color(s), and pattern. A special plant with a long gorgeous green foliage and will bloom once in its lifetime.
Learn how to care for Bromeliads.
3. Peace Lily
Peace Lilys are adaptable, low-maintenance, and symbolize the rebirth of the soul. These are great for breaking down and neutralizing toxic gases like benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. If left near a window it will bloom gorgeous white flowers once in its lifetime.
Learn how to care for Peace Lilys.
4. Devil’s Ivy
This plant is known as the Golden Pothos, but commonly called “Devil’s Ivy” since it’s almost impossible to kill and stays green even in the dark. They are one of the most effective air purifiers for removing common toxins.
Learn how to care for Devil’s Ivy.
5. Snake Plant
The Snake Plant emits oxygen at night that helps you sleep better. They remove xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air. They have been used in Nigerian rituals to remove the evil eye.
Learn how to care for the Snake Plant.
The Monstera can tolerate neglect and drought. It accepts low-light conditions but will thrive and grow faster in medium to bright indirect light. It removes copious amounts of toxins, but be careful not to leave it around kids and pets as the leaves are toxic!
Learn how to care for Monstera.
7. Weeping Fig
The weeping fig is one of the most popular indoor trees. It grows quite slowly and is toxic to pets. It prefers to stay in one place. If you move it around it has to re-adapt to the lighting conditions and may drop a few leaves. The weeping fig is particularly good at filtering formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
Learn how to care for the Weeping fig.
This popular house plant is also known as the Sweetheart Plant because of its heart-shaped leaves. These are extremely easy to grow and are said to be harder to kill than keep alive. They will thrive in a small pot for a couple of years with little care.
Learn how to care for the Heart-leaf Philodendron.
Growing the cast-iron plant indoors is extremely easy. It thrives in low light conditions and requires very little humidity. The cast-iron plant is one of the many plants that are particularly good at absorbing toxic chemicals in the air that are often found in homes, like benzene and formaldehyde.
Learn how to care for the Cast-Iron Plant.
10. Dragon Tree
The Dragon Tree is one of the easiest plants to grow and maintain, and can grow up to 6 feet high indoors! They are slow growing plants that require little care and maintenance. They also recover fast if left uncared for, for a long period of time.
Learn how to care for the Dragon Tree.
11. Ponytail Plant
The ponytail plant is very good for being able to withstand periods of dryness because their large trunk holds water. They also do very well in low and indirect lighting and can grow up to 3 feet tall. I personally had this plant (I had to give it away because I was moving:( ) and it was absolutely one of my favorites.
Learn how to care for the Ponytail Plant.
12. Nerve Plant
The Nerve Plant is perfect for terrariums or bottle gardens. The most popular color is silvery-white, but you can also find them in red, pink, white, and green. They usually grow up to 3 to 6 inches, but can grow up to 12 to 18 inches.
Learn how to care for the Nerve Plant.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope this helped you on your journey to becoming a successful plant mama (or dad ;))! 💚