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A Guide to House Plants: Top 5 indoor plants that will bring life to your home

Not everyone is adept at caring and maintaining a house plant. Let’s stop right there: a plant is a living, breathing being that needs to be cared for in a certain way. Just like dogs and birds and people, they have a particular diet and need light like we need high speed internet. I think where most people go wrong is they get a plant, stick it by a window and water it when they remember. Most plants (except for a few which I will mention in a minute) will not take to this kind of care and will die.

However, the benefits of having indoor plants far outweigh any sort of maintenance they need. They clean the air in your home (and in some cases, toxic fumes like formaldehyde and benzene). They are shown to improve you mood. They’re pretty! What’s not to like? Now that I live in Los Angeles and have a small area for an East/Southeast window garden, I’m taking advantage. Even if you have very little direct sunlight in your space, I’ll give you some options for plants that can thrive in those conditions.

A disclaimer first: My post will contain plants that are beneficial to people. I have not looked too deeply into whether or not these plants are poisonous to animals. If you’re looking for plants to add to your home and want to make sure they’re pet-safe, try the ASPCA website first. They keep a list of plants that are poisonous to dogs and cats. Some of them you can simply keep on a shelf or in an area away from pets, but some are just not great to have around in homes with pets and should be avoided.

And yet another “before we get started” bit: when I say “water” I mean distilled, room temperature water. Most plants hate chlorine and a lot of the stuff in your tap water. To keep your plants happy, use only distilled water or well-filtered. Depending on your water source, you can fill a bucket with tap water and leave it outside for 24-hours. This will rid your water of fluoride. Personally, I don’t think this would work for Los Angeles water so I’d recommend a Brita filter. Chances are, your indoor plants don’t need buckets of water at a time so this is a good solution that won’t have you buying distilled water by the gallon. Also, don’t use chilled water. Let it sit for a little while before you water your plants.

 

My Top 5 Houseplants

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