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6 Houseplants for a Healthier Home

There’s nothing like a well-curated display of indoor plants! It’s impressive on two levels–the artistic and the practical. It takes some skill to maintain plants, even the low-maintenance ones. Adding a few indoor houseplants will help breathe new life into your living room, bedroom, powder room and home office (if you have one).Today we wanted to share some tips for choosing and maintaining your plants.

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia aka ZZ plant

A long-lasting, super-resilient houseplant that can handle low to bright light. Note that the plant can be poisonous to pets and children if they start chewing on the leaves!

The Rubber Plant

Known for its ability to make a big statement with its large shiny leaves. Note that this plant leaks a milky white sap if damaged, as well as the fact that it can be trimmed to form more of a shrub than a tree. Give your rubber plant medium to bright indirect light, be sure to avoid direct sun, and allow the surface of the soil to dry out in between waterings.

The Boston Fern

It can live for decades, especially when kept moist. Misting this plant is helpful between waterings, and medium to bright light is preferred. You often see this plant hanging in a basket or proudly resting on a pedestal. Not to mention, it makes a big statement with its full form.

Dracaena

People love the exotic look of this plant, which thrives in medium to bright light. As with many of today’s featured plants, it’s important to allow the soil surface to dry between waterings, and do note that the plant can be poisonous to your pets. Once you’ve selected a dracaena variety for your home, check with an expert for more information on care and maintenance specifics.

Snake Plant

While researching this post, I came across multiple sources that referred to it as the next best thing to plastic plants. That’s a good sign about its low-maintenance nature, isn’t it?! The snake plant is often used as a decorative divider in commercial spaces such as shopping malls, lobbies and restaurants. While it can handle low light, it truly thrives in brighter spaces. Definitely allow the soil surface to dry before each watering.

Succulents

My favorite plant choice by far! They are beautiful, interesting, and easy to maintain. They do well in rooms with bright light, and they highly prefer not to be over watered. I’m serious about this last point. While people joke that these plants will survive forgetful owners, they will not survive excess amounts of water. I’ve lost many a succulent this way.

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