Lately, you’ve probably considered more natural approaches to maintaining and improving your health. One way is by owning plenty of houseplants with holistic qualities. Believe it or not, houseplants absorb toxins, produce oxygen, and reduce stress and fatigue. From a mental health standpoint, they will improve your mood, concentration, and productivity. To get started on your collection, take a look at the most common types of houseplants below, courtesy of your favorite gated communities in Houston, as well as the best tips and tricks to keep them thriving.
The Snake Plant is one of the most resilient houseplants. If you’re not good at remembering to water or care for plants, this might be the one for you. Snake Plants can live in low-light areas, need little water and aren’t known to attract bugs. It’s the perfect low-maintenance houseplant. They even help purify your air! Since Snake Plants are low maintenance, taking care of them is pretty easy. You’ll want to put it in indirect sunlight and underwater.
Don’t worry, Spider Plants don’t actually attract spiders. Who would want that in their house? Spider Plants are actually named for the spiderettes that dangle from the main plant, much like a spider’s web. They like to be in bright, indirect light and cooler temperatures around 55 to 65 degrees, in addition to being watered and pruned. If you start to notice the tips of your Spider Plant turning brown, don’t worry. That’s pretty normal for this type of plant. To avoid browning, try using distilled water.
Rubber Trees are named after the white latex they produce. Outdoors, these plants can grow as tall as 50 feet tall. It can seem intimidating, but they’re actually pretty easy to take care of. Rubber Tree plants do not need much light or water. Try placing it next to a window, so it’s still bright, but not hot, because Rubber Tree plants don’t like abrupt changes in temperature. Throughout the year, it’s a good idea to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth or lightly mist the leaves with a spray bottle.
Taking care of a Boston Fern isn’t hard but it is specific. If you want to keep your Boston Fern healthy and lush, you’ll want to pay close attention to the care instructions and try to not take shortcuts. Boston Ferns are pretty low maintenance, except they’re particular about their climate. Finding the right spot to place your fern is important. Keeping your plant watered and the soil moist is crucial to their survival, as well. To keep the fern humid, it’s wise to mist the plant once or twice a week and water it daily.
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