Houseplants add color and warmth to a home, while maintaining good air quality. Through photosynthesis, plants are able to add oxygen to the home and many plants also help to remove toxins and pollutants from the air, making the home environment a healthier place to live. Choose from a few of the best house plants to create a calm, relaxing and healthy home.
Aloe Vera (Aloe spp.)
The aloe vera plant is an easy-to-grow succulent, needing only minimal care. Its bright green, elongated leaves contains a gel that is often used to treat cuts, burns and insect bites. Aloe vera grows best in bright light such as on windowsill, low-humidity conditions, and can tolerate temperatures down to 40 degrees F. This plant will grow to 3 feet tall and likes moderately dry soil.
Dracaena (Dracaena spp.)
Also known as corn plant, dracaena makes a great indoor houseplant because of its beauty and ease with which to grow and care for. The leaves are long and variegated and the plant can grow up to 10 feet tall when reaching maturity, yet by keeping the top lopped off, the size can be kept manageable. Dracaena thrives in medium to bright light such as in a south-facing window, temperatures of 65 to 75 degrees F., and soil that is barely moist.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
A vigorous growing vine with dark green or variegated foliage, English ivy is one of the best houseplants to grow, as it requires very minimal care and will grow in just about any conditions. It does well with low lighting or bright indirect sunlight, temperatures around 55 to 70 degrees F., and a misting and watering every other day to keep the soil evenly moist. Growing from 6 to 12 inches tall, it can be placed on a mantel, shelf or hanging basket, and the growth is easily controlled by pruning as needed.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
Peace lily adds both greenery and color to a home with its glossy green leaves and spoon-shaped creamy white flowers blooming in the summer. It grows from 1 to 6 feet tall in low to bright light, and likes temperatures from 60 to 85 degrees F. It needs evenly moist, but not soaking wet, soil.
Spider Plant (Chlorphytum comosum)
Easy to care for and a delight to look at, the spider plant is another great houseplant. It has wiry stems with small, white flowers on the ends and leaves with white stripes running down the center. Spider plants grow from 6 to 12 inches tall, thrive in medium to bright light, and love temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees F. They need evenly moist soil. It is best to use either rain water or distilled water, since the plant is sensitive to contaminates in water and if exposed, the leaves can develop brown tips.
Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanium)
A gorgeous plant to grow indoors, anthurium adds brilliant color to a home decor with its dark green leaves and bright, glossy-red flowers, both of which are heart-shaped. The plant grows from 2 to 3 feet in height and is fairly easy to care for. It needs good lighting, but no direct sunlight. Anthurium enjoys temperatures in the 65 to 80-degrees F and evenly watered soil that is well draining.