House Plants and Your Home: Benefits and Care Instructions

Apartment drab? In need of a change? Just looking to add a little color to your living space? House plants are the perfect way to do that! While plants in the home can contribute in such aesthetic ways, they also enhance quality of life as well. Plants bring extra color and reflect light in the room, making it a more cheerful and sunny place. These charming house plants also take the waste from our respiration (carbon dioxide) and convert it into usable oxygen. This promotes good ventilation in homes that wouldn’t normally have such.

Many homeowners cite their inability to keep plants alive as their main reason for not having any. For some temperamental plants, this is a viable excuse. However, there are many other options in the house plant world that even someone with no green thumb whatsoever could have thriving in their home.

Orchids are perhaps the easiest plant to maintain indoors. They are meant to be kept in indirect sunlight somewhere it is humid. Often times the bathroom is the best place to house them, as the steam from the shower keeps them green and moist. These beauties come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. On top of that, they only need to be watered once a week What could be easier?

Once you’ve settled on a particular house plant, next is deciding where to place it. First, take into consideration light. The direction of your windows will determine how much light they let in during the day, move the plant accordingly. Another important note is that while plants expell oxygen as a byproduct of cellular respiration during the day, their byproduct at night is the opposite; carbon dioxide. Because of this, house plants should not be placed in the bedroom at night, as they will leech the oxygen that the individual sleeping would have normally used.

If you still feel that you may be unable to care for a house plant, but want the beautiful appeal of flowers or foliage, try silk plants as they never need to be watered, only dusted.