I'm a sucker for succulents and air plants. They are largely inexpensive, come in all shapes, sizes, colors and easy to grow, always a winning combination!
While I'm blessed to have an occupation that sees me spending a fair bit of time outdoors, most of us spend as much as 90% of our lives indoors. In fact the EPA currently ranks indoor air pollution as the number one threat to public health, but did you know that humble houseplants can reduce the levels of several of these airborne pollutants?
It's pretty incredible, really: plants that have developed in low-light conditions in the jungles of South American and Asia, with remarkably clean lines and tight textures that work amazingly in inside conditions in homes around the globe.
Low amounts of work, and quite the domestic payoff. Apartment Therapy has assembled fifteen of their favorite easy houseplant projects from 2009, which add a fun, intentional element with no fears of black thumbin' it.
A succulent is a beautiful thing. "Many of the following projects involve these easy-care beauties, while others are just simple but inspiring gardens and planters, some of them for small spaces, some for low-water situations, and so on. Enjoy!"
House plants are not safe around me. I've managed to kill yet another one outright and my Peace Lily is looking like it might buy it any minute. I don't know how it happens, since the houseplant apocalypse of aught seven I've been much more careful with the watering and the feeding and the light requirements and not saying mean things to them... but still they die.
With that in mind I've compiled a list of plants that have a reputation of...
Just because it's all frozen outside doesn't mean your green thumb gets to lie dormant all season. Instead, move your green friends inside. Here's ten hearty varieties to get you started.
Aloe (Aloe spp.).
Amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.).
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia spp.)
Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera spp.).
Clivia (Clivia spp.).
Corn Plant (Dracaena spp.).
Jewel Orchid (Ludisia spp.).
Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe spp.).
Moth Orchid (Phalaenop...
"Next time you go shopping for home cleaning supplies, consider adding large-leaved plants for every room in the house. They reduce unhealthy pollutants as well as airborne bacteria and fungi while adding the humidity needed to combat respiratory and allergic conditions."
Top 10 Air Cleaning Plants
1. Areca palm
2. Reed palm
3. Dwarf date palm
4. Boston fern
6. English ivy
7. Australian sword fern
8. Peace lily
9. Rubber plant
My Snake Plant (aka Mother-in-Law’s Tongue) started looking a little sad. After some consideration, I decided to give it a make-over rather than replace it. MILT’s have shallow roots, which is why mine was falling over. To make the plant look a bit more interesting, I decided to add a friend to the pot. Of course it had to be a plant that would tolerate the same living conditions as the notoriously hardy MILT. A Philodendron–that I happened to...
I'd be cool if I never saw another African violet in my life, but that certain doesn't mean I don't love a little in-home foliage. None of the species below cost much, and all can be grow large enough to fill the grandest of empty space
Ivies are some of my favorite plants. Most will grow under a lightbulb, if necessary, but generally they prefer filtered light or bright, indirect natural light. The ivies listed here prefer even moisture but don’t like a soggy pot, which means their pots should have a drainage hole. For soil, a good potting variety with equal parts loam, sand and peat moss will help them thrive. They like to be pinched back so they don’t become ‘leggy’. The...
Thanks to hybridization of the philodendron, we have some easy-to-care-for houseplant alternatives to the prosaic pothos. So, if you’re hankering for a bit of green but have medium to low light conditions and a less-than-green thumb, you might want to keep these options in mind the next time you visit your favorite florist shop.
Prince of Orange Philodendron
Moonlight Philodendron (This one requires a bit more light than...