Tips & Tricks: Helpful Indoor Plants
Houseplants are an important part of a home. They make rooms feel more alive, they add a splash of color and they just look great. But we can get more than that out of our plants. Here are twelve houseplants that can improve your home’s air quality, help out in the kitchen and make the whole place smell lovely.
Even clean homes can have lots of nasty stuff in the air. Chemicals – from the ones under the sink to the glue holding your carpet down – can release unhealthy gases. Thankfully, there are plants out there that remove these toxins from the air.
Peace Lillies: An old favorite, the Peace Lily is an incredible natural air filter. It can get rid chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xyelene, toluene and ammonia!
Spiderplants: The Spiderplants – don’t worry, no actual spiders – is a hardy, fast-growing plant that’s really good at removing formaldehyde from the air. Another bonus – it’s pretty easy to grow.
Snakeplants: Again, no snakes. This plain but effective plant is tough (great for those of us with less-than-green thumbs) and does an amazing job removing toxins.
Aloe Vera: This a wonderful little plant. Besides being a great desktop air filter, its leaves can be used to soothe burns.
Want to give your recipes a fresher feel? Try these four herbs you can grow indoors.
Rosemary: This great tasting herb comes in a few varieties. Zana Faulkner recommends an upright, bushy variety. That way you can grow indoors without having to take up too much space.
Chives: This plant is hardy, grows like a weed and can be used in lots of recipes. A great way to start your herb garden.
Mint: Mint is refreshing and smells great. When growing it indoors, go with peppermint rather than spearmint. Peppermint has a more potent flavor, so you need to grow less of it.
Basil: The rest of these plants are pretty easy to grow, but basil can be tricky. If you’re confident in your gardening abilities, give it a shot. This guide will help you out.
All right – this one isn’t really “practical” like the other two groups of plants, but who doesn’t want a nice smelling home?
Sweet Bay: While this one pulls double duty as an herb you can use in recipes, its also gives off a nice scent that Justin Hancock describes as “savory” and “herbal.”
Lavender: A personal favorite of mine, lavender is a fantastic plant. It’s attractive, relatively tough and has a great scent. I can’t recommend it enough.
Oncidium Orchids: If you’re looking for a more unusual plant and don’t mind spending a little time looking through a nursery, you’ll find that varieties of this orchid can release a wonderful smell and also act as a great centerpiece.
Scented Geraniums: This is one of the most recommended plants online. It comes in a wide variety of scents – everything from chocolate to mint – and is relatively easy to grow.