Did you know houseplants are good for relieving stress and improving your mood all while purifying the air? (You can put that in your pipe and smoke it.) Having fresh plants in your home will literally improve air quality by releasing oxygen and taking in carbon dioxide, proven to be able to remove up to 87 percent of toxins in the air— which can make your space more zen and bring to life even the most boring of rooms.
You need to feel comfortable where you’re working, and make your space your own. Plants are awesome decorations, and if you take good care of them, they last a long time. Here are 10 plants for your house that will totally Zen you out.
The plant is commonly grown for interior decoration in public buildings and as a houseplant. It grows best between the temperatures of 20–30 °C (68–86 °F) and requires high humidity and shade. Growth ceases below 10 °C (50 °F) and it is killed by frost. In the coastal zones of Sicily, especially in the Palermo area, where it is called “zampa di leone” (“lion’s paw”), it is often cultivated outdoors. In ideal conditions it flowers about three years after it is planted. Flowering is rare when grown indoors. The plant can be propagated by taking cuttings of a mature plant or by air layering. This species and the cultivar ‘Variegata’ have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
Also known as Malabar Chestnut (or Pachira Aquatica), the Money Tree is known to bring prosperity and good luck. The braiding of the tree is what’s said to be the symbol of money and luck locking together. Depending on the pot it’s planted in, this awesome plant can grow up to seven feet tall. This plant will grow while in indirect sunlight, but if you notice it starting to wither, you may need to place in a better lit area.
Money Trees thrive in humid weather, and need to be watered every six to ten days. They are great for those who need a little more luck in their lives. Plus, it’s beautiful. I wouldn’t mind looking at this plant while working! Who knows, maybe it’ll bring some extra money your way, too!
Junipers are coniferous trees within the Cypress family. They are gorgeous and come in many different shapes and sizes. When Junipers are young, they have tiny needle-like foliage. The foliage becomes scale-like when they’re older. Junipers are known to create deadwood, due to live veins getting trapped under dying branches.
This tree thrives better when you mist the soil, and needs humidity in order to grow. If you heavily water the plant, it will become stressed out and grow tiny needle-like foliage again. (Super shocking, right? Who knew a plant could become stressed to the point of re-growing itself?) As long as you read up on how to care for Junipers, they’ll last a long time for you! Junipers are gorgeous, and many people decorate the soil with painted rocks to add that extra Zen.
Yes, succulents are the icon of every Instagram post of your apartment and have gotten so mainstream that they could almost be seen as basic. But, much of the reason succulents are so popular is because they are incredibly simple to take care of and the best plant for new plant owners given their power of eluding death. They are low maintenance and happiest when placed on a windowsill where they get direct sunlight. Succulents should be watered about once a week—don’t overdo it, less is more.
Orchids (also known as Orchidaceae) have been around for millions of years, and are still one of the most beautiful flowers (if I do say so myself). There are over 25,000 different types of Orchids on the planet right now. Their smell is sweet enough to attract bees, but rancid enough to keep those pesky flies away (which is great, since you don’t want flies around your workspace)! The Orchid is known to be a symbol of love, beauty, and luxury.
With an elegant name like “parlor palm,” who can resist? Will adding this plant immediately transform your space to be akin to the luxe Great Gatsby era? Perhaps. But we love the parlor palm not only for its name, but for its low maintenance. Parlor palms are the easiest to care for of the indoor palm tree varieties, and they thrive in low to medium light areas like your “parlor.” They only need to be watered every two weeks, so again suitable for all you jet-setters. While a slow grower, the parlor palm can eventually grow to up to four feet tall to become an eye-catching floor plant. Parlor palms are also known to be good for purifying the air as well as being pet-friendly.
Yucca plants are very attractive plants to add to your workspace. They flourish beautifully, add a nice focal point, and look super classy. There are over 20 species of Yucca plants; some grow on canes instead of stems! Yucca plants will survive in shaded areas, but do need some indirect sunlight in order to flourish.
Frigid temperatures can kill Yucca plants, so it’s important that you maintain temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants can be rapid growers—they range from 36 inches to eight feet tall! The best part? They’re one of the few plants that are insect-free! Many bugs (spiders included) HATE this plant and will steer clear of them. If you’re afraid of bugs and insects, this might be the plant for you!
The Zamioculcas zamiifolia is one of the toughest indoor plants out there. They are able to thrive in areas with both low and high amounts of light. The ZZ plant removes Toluene and Xylene from indoor air.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
This fiddle leaf fig really turned all of that around for me. Its a very visually appealing plant that is casual enough for any decor.
Due its broad leaves it is extremely efficient at purifying air, and is highly rated for indoor and office use. Another benefit of the fiddle leaf is that it helps control humidity. Just be sure to put this plant in a bright and sunny room, as it needs a lot of it. Water your fiddle leaf fig once a week and you’ll have a thriving, beautiful, air-purifying plant. But, this plants are not suitable for pets, and if consumed can be poisonous. So make sure you keep them out of your pet’s reach and do a little research before buying!
Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
Last but certainly not least, philodendrons are one of our personal favorite plants at Botanic HQ. That’s because these plant are also one of the most effective indoor plants for improving your air quality and require very little maintenance (aka its hard to kill, which every busy girl needs).
These plants are trendy right now, so go get yourself or your bestie one. You deserve it. This plants are not suitable for pets, and if consumed can be poisonous. So make sure you keep them out of your pet’s reach and do a little research before buying!