Sometimes you feel that even though you’ve done all you could—expanded the kitchen, installed bay windows on one side of your living room, upgraded your porch with quality materials, and even replaced your flooring with hardwood materials—there’s just something missing with your house. If you’re stuck in this fix and can’t point a finger on what’s missing in your abode, well then, try asking yourself that maybe all your place needs is a touch of Mother Nature.
Indoor plants can liven up your place in ways both subtle and dramatic. Aside from livening up your place by introducing more soothing, earth-themed hues like deep greens and warm browns, plants can breathe in carbon dioxide and put out oxygen in the process, literally giving life to your place. Then there’s the decorative factor; plants come in all shapes and sizes and you’d be surprised that putting a bed of ferns here and a towering rubber plant there could bring to your residence that much needed touch of Zen.
Here are some plants you may want to consider growing indoors:
- Ferns. Needing less sunlight than other plants, these can thrive well in dimly-lit residences. If you live in a region where it’s predominantly cloudy the whole year through, ferns may be your best solution if you ever want to grow low-maintenance plants insides your home. Just be mindful of the humidity level though—ferns are sensitive to arid conditions and may start to wilt if the atmosphere is too dry.
- Aloe Vera. The complete opposite of ferns, the aloe vera—being a succulent plant—thrives well in dry conditions and needs sunlight to thrive. This plant is perfect for areas where there are semi-opaque roof panels (skylights) like the kitchen. Aloe veras come in different shades of green so you’ve a large array of choices to pick from to match whatever colour you’ve painted your house with.
- Trees. That’s right, trees! Contrary to what you might be thinking, you can grow trees indoors. There are several species perfect for this including: the fiddle leaf fig tree, the aforementioned rubber tree, lemon tree, schefflera, and the guaiana chestnut. You can grow them in pots and then you can just put them in some corner to liven up what would otherwise be a drab niche in your house. Trees need sunlight though—lots of it, in fact—so that’s one consideration you need to ponder. If your house is spacious and have lots of natural illumination, you can even literally grow a tree in it. Just make sure you pick a species whose maximum girth and height are manageable, otherwise you’ll run the risk of ruing your residence’s masonry; large ones do send out massive tendrils under the ground.
- Bonsai. Still on the topic of trees on this one. If your house is small, miniaturized trees is one option to consider. Although genuine bonsai (and not just shrubbery trimmed to resemble bonsai) are very expensive, their decorative value is levels beyond what other plants can confer to your home. If you’ve no idea how to take care of one, buy ones that need only little maintenance and sunlight. Ficus Salicifolia and Serissa Foetida are good examples of these.