Think you can’t “garden” in the winter months? Think again! Indoor plants offer so many benefits for homeowners. With the brisk outdoor air, many of us keep our windows closed from fall through spring. Indoor plants are exceptional at cleaning the air and elevating the air quality inside our homes. They also possess the power to beautify any and every space in the home, from the main living area and kitchen to the guest bedroom and owner’s bathroom. Finally, indoor plants offer us the opportunity to indulge our green thumbs in the colder months while we wait for the earth to thaw in springtime.
Convinced about the benefits of indoor plants? Read on for tips to successful indoor planting.
Selecting the Best Indoor Plants
Just as plants in outdoor gardens serve different purposes, so too do indoor plants. When it comes to cleaning the air, a few varieties top the list. Here are some choices that stand out for their air-purifying power:
- Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata “Laurentii”)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”)
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Rubber tree (Ficus elastica)
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum “Vittatum”)
When selecting indoor plants for your home, you’ll also want to consider each plant’s size—will it fit where you want to place it? Also, how much attention will the plant need? How much water and sunlight will it require? Are these things you are willing and able to provide?
Where to Place Indoor Plants
You’ve found a healthy, attractive plant that will help keep your indoor air fresh. Great! Now it’s time to determine where this plant will thrive within the home. Beyond the space it will require, sunlight is a major factor to keep in mind. Does the plant need bright indirect light, like the philodendron? Low light, like the dragon tree? Or perhaps it thrives in either, such as elegant trailing English ivy. The benefits of natural light do not end with humans in the household—plants love this light too! The large windows in a Berkeley Homes design offer plant-pleasing light throughout the home.
When to Water Indoor Plants
Whatever variety of indoor plants you choose for your home, be certain to learn their water needs. Some plants love hydration and humidity, while others prefer the soil to dry out between drinks. Watch for drooping leaves, which can be a sign of underwatering, or mushy stems and yellow leaves, a sign of root rot. Follow a watering routine that works with your schedule while simultaneously keeping plants healthy and happy.
Which plants will you choose to accentuate your beautiful, brand-new home by Berkeley Homes?
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