Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Bring Summer 'In' this Season with Easy-to-Grow Houseplants

Natasha D'Souza Darpan, 28 May, 2024
  • Bring Summer 'In' this Season with Easy-to-Grow Houseplants

As the sun begins to warm up the Great White North and we eagerly bid farewell to spring, there's no better time to embrace the vibrant spirit of the season and extending the outdoors ‘in’. And what better way to do so than by adorning your living space with lush, green houseplants!

Indoor gardening is more than just a hobby, a lifestyle choice that has myriad benefits and has today become a stress-buster for many. From filtering the air we breathe to elevating our mood to reducing stress, the positive impact of houseplants on our well-being cannot be overstated enough. So why not be a micro-gardener this summer and let our homes blossom with life?

The Upsides of an indoor botanical garden

Not only do they add a touch of freshness to our spaces, but they also act as natural air purifiers, removing harmful toxins and pollutants from the air we breathe. Additionally, studies have shown that simply being in the presence of plants can have a calming effect on our minds, helping to alleviate our anxiety levels.

Humans have an innate connection to nature, known as biophilia, and indoor plants help to satisfy this need by bringing elements of the natural world indoors. This connection to nature has been linked to improved cognitive function, emotional well-being, and overall satisfaction with life.

Discover Beginner-Friendly Houseplants

While it may seem like a commitment and you may feel extremely paranoid about bringing these babies home, there are plenty of pro-beginner houseplants that are perfect for summer and require minimal maintenance.

Aloe Vera: This no-fuss plant requires no much attention and typically takes very little of your investment in time and effort. Known for its soothing properties and hassle-free care, aloe vera is a resilient succulent that thrives in bright, indirect light. Not only does it add a touch of greenery to your space, but it also serves as a natural remedy for minor burns and skin irritations.

Best known for: Its moisturizing and antimicrobial properties which aid in easing discomfort, soothing redness and swelling and fostering healing process

Spider plant: These long-tail bunched plants aka Chlorophytum comosum can easily be propagated by placing them in water or directly in soil. Once the roots develop, they can be separated from the parent plant and potted up to create new spider plant offspring. One of the key attributes of spider plants is their adaptability to different growing conditions. Also, they are known to forgive negligence by the plant-parent and make for great interior additions and possess ornamental value.

Best known for: Regulating humidity levels indoors, creating a more comfortable and pleasant atmosphere, especially in dry or air-conditioned environments.

Pothos: With its cascading vines and heart-shaped leaves, pothos is a popular choice for indoor gardeners of all skill levels. They are used as hanging plants and bloom magically in less-than-ideal environments. This low-maintenance plant thrives in a variety of light conditions and truly makes for beginner’s luck! Simply water it when the soil feels dry, and watch it flourish.

Best known for: Purifying the air and removing toxins from the environment

Peace Lily: Renowned for its gorgeous white blooms and aesthetic appeal, the peace lily is a beautiful addition to any indoor garden. It thrives in low to moderate light and only needs to be watered when the soil is dry to the touch. Plus, it's pet-friendly, making it the perfect friend for your fur friends too.

Best known for: Promoting restfulness, positive energy and aiding sleep by absorbing allergens in the air

Building your very own “garden of Eden” by splashing some tropical vibe

Explore some green fun and turn your home into a tropical island with these oh-so-worthy additions.

Bird of Paradise: With its striking foliage and exotic blooms, the bird of paradise plant adds a touch of drama to any room. While it requires bright, indirect light to thrive, it's relatively low-maintenance and rewards growers with stunning flowers reminiscent of its namesake.

Best known for: Creating a calming environment and promoting mental wellness

Monstera Deliciosa: These large, glossy leaves and unique fenestrations plant, the monstera deliciosa is a statement-making adornment that’s sure to turn heads and be a favorite among guests. Though it requires regular watering, it is not too demanding!

Best known for: Fostering an improved microclimate while increasing visual relaxation

Kalanchoe: One of the most adaptable plant, the Kalanchoe with its colorful flowers and attractive foliage, spurs beauty and cheer to any indoor or outdoor space. It can be moved indoors and outdoors basis the climate making it suitable for busy home-gardeners. It requires well-draining soil, ample sunlight and minimal watering and grows its natural course.

Best known for: It’s compound called bufadienolides that expedites healing of cuts, burns, and other skin injuries

Snake Plant: If you're looking for a plant that is contemporary, space agnostic and keeps growing as you keep thriving, then look no further! With its upright leaves and striking architectural silhouette, it adds a touch of modern elegance to homes of all sizes. Plus, it's known for its air-purifying qualities, making it as functional as it is beautiful.

Best known for: It’s allergy-relief properties especially for people suffering with asthma as it removes irritants from the air


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