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The Best Indoor Plants

Sharanya

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Plants are a wonderful way to add warmth and color to any space.  It immediately brings the outside in, making the room feel fresh and more alive. Not to mention, it does a great job filling awkward, empty spaces. Using plants in modern design is a challenge because the modern design seems to demand clean lines and simplicity. Nature, on the other hand, tends to be wild and chaotic. However, there are many ways to add the plants into the interior design as a creative layer. Plants are as important as other accessories in a space. Well-chosen plants that are artfully displayed enhance your home’s unique look and make it feel healthier and more connected with nature. The best kind of plant to get depends on the orientation and size of the room’s windows and where the plant will go. South-facing windows provide the most light and north-facing windows provide the least. East and west-facing windows both provide medium light that’s short-lived, especially in winter months, so plants should be placed closer to the windows for optimum health. If you want to keep plants in a room with low/no light, move them into a room with light every two weeks.

LOW LIGHT PLANTS

Peace Lily

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Tips to keep in mind-

  • A standard peace lily can grow to 24-40 inches and deluxe plants can grow to 32-50 inches.
  • Peace lilies prefer light partial shade and can tolerate fluorescent lights.
  • Water at least once a week and keep the soil moist.
  •  It prefers a temperature range of 65-85°F and humid climates. Peace lilies cannot withstand cold drafts or temperatures below 45°F. 
  •  If ingested, they are poisonous to both cats and dogs because they contain calcium oxalate.                                                          

Snake Plant

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Tips to keep in mind-

  • They prefer indirect but steady light with some direct sun. They can adapt to full sun conditions and will also survive quite dim situations.
  • These plants prefer a loose, well-drained potting mix. This plant will do well in sandier soils.
  • Let the soil dry between waterings. During winter, reduce watering to monthly, or whenever the soil is dry to the touch.
  • It prefers warm conditions and will suffer if exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • If ingested, the snake plant is moderately toxic to people, dogs, and cats.

Chinese Evergreen

Tips to keep in mind-

  • They’re sold in 4, 6, 8, 10 & 14″ grow pot sizes. They range in height from 10″ tall to 3-4′ tall.
  • Can be watered every 7-9 days in the warmer months & every 2-3 weeks when winter comes around.
  • Keep the plant away from any cold drafts as well as air conditioning or heating vents.
  • Can be poisonous to pets if ingested. 

Pothos

Tips to keep in mind-

  • Keep pothos plants in a warm location; room temperature is ideal. If exposed to regular drafts or colder temperatures, the plant’s growth can be affected. 
  • Place pothos in bright, indirect light.
  • Only water when the soil feels dry. Pothos do not like wet soil; leaves will begin to yellow.
  • Ingestion of pothos can be harmful or poisonous

Spider Plant

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Tips to keep in mind-

  • Spider plants prefer bright light and tend toward scorching in direct sunlight. However, they will grow in conditions ranging from semi-shade to partial direct sun.
  • You should water them liberally through the summer and mist them occasionally. During winter, cut watering back.
  • Temperature-wise, do not let them fall below 50 F or expose them to cold drafts.

MEDIUM LIGHT PLANTS

Boston Fern

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Tips to keep in mind-

  • Keep the plant in the Natural indirect/Artificial bright light area.
  • The soil should be well-drained and fertile, rich in organic content.
  • Water every 5-6 days once or when the soil feels dry
  • Do not expose the plant to direct sunlight.
  • It can also be grown on a hanging basket
  • 15 to 27-degree Celsius is preferable
  • Apply organic fertilizer once a month

Bird’s Nest Fern

Tips to keep in mind-

  • It grows well in filtered sunlight to a moderate amount of shade. Don’t expose them to direct sunlight other than the very early morning sun.
  • The ferns prefer a consistent amount of soil moisture, but they don’t do well sitting in soggy soil. Water whenever the top inch of soil begins to dry out.
  • The bird’s nest fern thrives in warmth with temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • These plants like soil that’s loose and rich in organic matter with excellent drainage. A peat-based potting mix is good for container plants. 

Fiddle Leaf Fig

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Tips to keep in mind-

  • Once acclimated, the fiddle leaf fig  can grow to 6 feet or taller
  • They thrive in a lot of very bright, indirect light. choose an area that isn’t directly in line with an exterior door, drafty window, or near an air vent. 
  • Water your plant about once a week or every 10 days. 
  • Prune if needed
  • Apply organic fertilizers once a month

Prayer Plant

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Tips to keep in mind-

  • Prayer plants are low-growing, spreading plants that thrive best when provided with greenhouse-like conditions, including warm, moist, gentle airflow, and plenty of fertilizer.
  • You can hang or set your prayer plant near a window where it will receive indirect sunlight.
  • Prayer plants can prosper in a variety of soils, so long as they’re well-draining.
  • During their growing season, water your prayer plant frequently (whenever the top layer becomes dry) and never allow the potting soil to dry out completely. 
  • A prayer plant prefers normal household temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

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