If you’re looking for ways to add a touch of green and life to your interior, adding a few indoor plants can be your best bet. Indoor plants not only add greener tones to your décor but are also beneficial for your health as many of them can actually purify the indoor air. What’s more, the best indoor plants take up minimum space, require very little maintenance, and bloom all year round, giving you a chance to grow your plants, even while living in an apartment on the top floor of a high-rise.
Eager to add some house plants to your interior? Here are some excellent options to consider:
1. Money Plant
We’ve all seen money plants growing in someone’s house. Most people prefer to place them in old glass bottles with plenty of water. The plant with its yellow tinted leaves grows quickly, and since it is essentially a vine, it is best as a hanging decoration. It is also one of the best plants to have indoors if you want to purify the air as it filters formaldehyde from the indoor environment.
2. Snake Plant
With long pointy leaves growing straight up from the roots, the plant not only has a unique appearance but is also quite beneficial for your health. This is because unlike other plants, it gives off oxygen at night, making it the right fit for your bedroom. It thrives in low light conditions, needing very little water and care.
Chrysanthemums are flowering plants that can easily survive indoors. They have large flowers in bright colours but require a bright spot away from direct sunlight to bloom. It is best to keep the soil moist for best results. Along with providing that added touch of beauty to your home, chrysanthemums also work as air purifiers round-the-clock, removing harmful compounds like formaldehyde and benzene from the indoor air.
4. Rubber Plant
Dim lighting and sufficient water are the ideal conditions to grow a rubber tree indoors. With its glossy leaves that are sometimes tinged purple or beige, it is sure to add charm to your interior while removing harmful gases and substances such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and other toxins from the air. You might need to trim it occasionally though, to maintain its growth.
5. Peace Lily
Want a low-maintenance flowering beauty to add charm to your indoors? Peace Lily is a flowering plant with graceful white flowers that will not only beautify your interior but purify the air as well. What’s more, they continue to bloom all year round in low-light conditions but require a cool spot below room temperature to survive.
6. Bamboo Palm
Growing straight up like bamboo, this palm tree is perfect for rooms where it can get indirect sunlight and shade along with being watered regularly. Bamboo Palms can adapt quickly to low-light conditions though and can purify the indoor air from formaldehyde, chloroform, benzene, carbon monoxide, and other hazardous compounds.
7. Aloe Vera
While Aloe Vera is best known for the numerous health benefits and healing properties it offers, it is an air-purifying gem as well. Cleaning the air of by-products of cleaning chemicals and paints, this spiky plant from the cactus family loves its daily dose of sunshine and can grow with minimal watering.
Tips to Care for Indoor Plants in Pakistan
While most of the above-mentioned plants require very little water and sunshine to survive, it is essential to know how to care for all of your indoor plants in the best manner. Here are some quick tips to follow in this regard:
Water Them Regularly, Not Daily
You might wonder what the difference is? Well, rather than watering your plants daily, touch the soil and determine whether it is wet or dry. Over-watering can kill your plants, as some of the best indoor plants in Pakistan will only need moist soil to thrive. Water them just enough to wet the soil, do not flood your pot with water because of a summer heatwave.
Give Them Sufficient Sunlight
Pakistan experiences sweltering summers and placing your plants directly in the sunlight can burn them up. Most indoor plants prefer an area that is well lit but cool. A shady area with indirect sunlight works best. You can also consider setting up a vertical garden on a shaded wall if you lack the space to place your pots on the floor.
Re-pot and Fertilise Your Plants
Indoor plants grow in small pots with soil that has a limited amount of minerals that the plants can absorb to retain their health. If you do not re-pot your plants with fresh soil after some time or fertilise the existing soil with nutrients, the plant will die.
Keep these tips in mind as you decorate your home with 7 of the best air-purifying indoor plants in Pakistan. Bringing plants into your interior can also help you avoid stuffiness and make your home feel light and airy during the summer months.