5 Plants to Add to Your Home this Spring
By: Brooke Bonfadini
By detoxifying air, boosting mood, and acting as natural humidifiers, indoor plants are a great way to make your home a happy and inviting place. Research has shown that keeping plants indoors can help with stress and anxiety by bringing a little bit of nature indoors. Additionally, they work as air purifiers by trapping toxins as well as providing clean oxygen. They also release plenty of water into the air, ensuring the air in your home isn’t dry and stagnant. In addition to the health benefits, plants are beautiful decor and give you a fun little friend to take care of. So, if you’re ready to add another plant to your photosynthesizing family or think you’re ready to try your hand at indoor plants, here are 5 easy houseplants to add to your collection.
1. African violets
This bright and cheerful plant produces gorgeous purple and yellow flowers almost all year long. It needs moderate sun and an occasional watering, but besides needing to be watered by allowing the roots to soak and avoiding splashing the leaves, this plant is fairly low maintenance, especially for the beautiful blooms it produces.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe plants have various health and beauty benefits, so having this fun-looking plant around not only adds to your decor but is also a great resource. The gel inside its spiked leaves can help heal burns as well as moisturize dry skin. This beautiful succulent only requires plenty of indirect sunlight and a few tablespoons of water about every three weeks, making it the perfect low-maintenance plant.
3. Jade plant
This cute succulent is often seen as a good luck charm so it is often given as a housewarming gift. Along with its lucky reputation, it is also known for being difficult to kill. Give this plant lots of sun and water when the top layer of soil feels dry.
Known for its clusters of brightly colored flowers, this plant is sure to brighten up any space. This plant can produce red, pink, white, yellow, or orange blooms so you can choose which color fits you and your home best. Additionally, the blooms last from winter to spring, so you’ll be able to enjoy these flowers for almost half the year. This plant needs partial sun, soil that drains easily, and to be watered only once the top layer of soil becomes dry. Overall, the plant is difficult to kill.
5. Christmas Cactus
This cactus has some of the most intricate-looking flowers in the plant world. Not to mention it blooms almost all year (despite the name). Give this plant plenty of direct sun and increase watering frequency when you want the plant to begin blooming. The only real maintenance this plant needs is an occasional pruning. The plant can have pink, whie, orange, or gold flowers.
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