It is no surprise that many of us, especially Hong Kongers, are living in densely populated urban environment without a proper garden or backyard. Indoor plants have therefore become increasingly popular in recent years to compensate for the lack of greenery around us. Houseplants are also a great addition to reconnect our homes to Mother earth and bring a little bit of nature into our modern, tech-driven lives.
Did you know having houseplants can also help fight against the flu?
Plant’s ability to purify the air and decrease dust, can help fight viruses that cause colds and coughs. As well as releasing oxygen, some plants like eucalyptus even have the ability to clear congestion from one’s system. Not to mention, spending more time around plants can lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, reduce stress levels and help you focus better, resulting in better productivity and creativity.
With so many health benefits of houseplants, why hesitate to glam your apartment with these insta-worthy indoor plants? Check out these houseplants that are easy to care for.
1. Aloe Vera
Healing properties found in aloe helps to heal cuts and burns, we all can use aloe in the house which is ready to use for sunburns and minor cuts. Aloe doesn’t need a lot of watering, just let the soil dry out and put it in a warm place with plenty of light. It will emit oxygen and act as an air pollutant filter, especially toxins from cleaning products.
2. Areca Palm
Areca palm is an easy plant to care for but won’t tolerate neglect. Water them often to keep the soil lightly moist during spring and summer and allow the soil to dry a little bit during fall and winter. It releases moisture into the air, which helps with dry skin, the flu and sinus problems as it keeps the space humid enough and makes it easier to breathe.
3. Rubber plant (Ficus Elastica)
Thick, glossy and leathery, rubber plants are amazing indoor plants that can tolerate less light than other plants it’s size, but is best in bright indirect light. They improve indoor air quality, absorb and convert airborne chemicals to breathable oxygen.
4. Cast-Iron Plant
Cast-iron plants live up to its name. They survive low light, poor quality soil, infrequent watering and a wide range of temperatures. This stunner likes to be left alone so don’t be too attentive.
5. Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)
Similar to the snake plant, pothos doesn’t require a lot of light. They enjoy being in dry soil so they can withstand infrequent watering.
6. Mother-in-law’s tongue/ “Snake Plant”
Mother-in-law’s tongue, aka snake plants, are basically impossible to kill. These plants originate from the desert and don’t need much water at all, just once every one or two weeks and leave them in low light or direct light. It also keeps the temperature low and cleans the air better than most other indoor plants as it has the ability to absorb excessive levels of carbon monoxide.
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