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26 Best Indoor Plants for Your Home

26 Jan , 2016  

26 Best Indoor Plants for Your Home

Are you looking to add a little Zen to your home or office? The right houseplant not only acts as a beautiful decoration but can help purify the air and de-stress your home.

Below is a list of the best indoor plants for your home or office space that are easy to care for and help clean the air.

1) Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum aka mum makes beautiful indoor plants that clean the airChrysanthemums, or mums as they are more commonly called, make beautiful houseplants with bright, cheerful blooms. They are also easy to care for as long as you provide a bright location, well-drained soil and enough water.

Pros:

-It’s on NASA’s list of top air-purifying plants.
-It removes ammonia, benzene and formaldehyde from indoor air.

Cons:

  • Leaves of this plant are poisonous to pets and children.
  • It’s difficult for the plant to rebloom.
  • It is considered disposable.

2) Spider Plant

Spider Plants are a great indoor plant that purifies the airResilient spider plants seem to thrive even when neglected. They prefer moist soil but will forgive you if you forget to water occasionally. Keep spider plants in bright to moderate light, but avoid direct sun. Fertilize twice a month during the spring and summer.

Pros:

  • Spider plants remove benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air.
  • The plant is safe for pets.

Cons:

  • It’s mildly hallucinogenic for cats.

3) Ficus

Best indoor plant that helps purify air - FicusFicus are popular houseplants and also one of the best office plants because they are so striking and effective at purifying indoor air. They prefer bright, indirect light, moist soil and occasional misting. Make sure you keep this plant out of drafts.

Pros:

  • It purifies the air in your home.
  • It can serve as an attractive focal point.

Cons:

  • Ficus sap is an irritant to pets and people.
  • It’s a finicky plant that doesn’t like to be moved.

4) Red-Edged Dracaena

Red Edged Dracaena plantRed-edged dracaena, also known as dragon tree, is beautiful and useful for purifying indoor air. It prefers a brightly lit area, though it can tolerate lower light conditions. Allow it to dry out a bit between waterings.

Pros:

  • The plant helps remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from your home.

Cons:

  • It’s susceptible to leaf spot if the leaves get wet during watering, so make sure you water at the base of the plant instead of from overhead.
  • It can become susceptible to thrips, which can be treated with insect killing soap or Safer® Brand BioNEEM.

5) Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is a great indoor plant that grows in waterThe peace lily offers elegance and beauty with a unique look. It prefers bright, indirect light but also does well in medium, indirect light. When it needs water, it will tell you by getting droopy leaves. After watering, it perks back up again. You can also mist it occasionally for added humidity.

Pros:

  • The peace lily helps remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene from the air.

Cons:  

  • It contains oxalates that can cause skin irritation.

6) Boston Fern

Boston Ferns are among the best air-purifying plantsBoston ferns can grow quite large and make a showy but elegant addition to your home. They do especially well in bathrooms and other places that are humid but have soft, natural light. Give them moist soil, but allow them to dry out a bit during the winter months. Ferns don’t often need repotting unless you want them to get bigger.

Pros:

  • According to astudy published in 2011,”ferns had the highest formaldehyde-removal efficiency” of all plants tested.
  • Ferns also remove toluene and xylene from the air.
  • Ferns are nontoxic.

Cons:

  • Some homeowners find them to be messy when the leaves drop.

7) Golden Pothos

 

Golden Pothos are Great Office PlantsEven if you think you have a “black thumb,” you can probably grow golden pothos. This plant does well in low light and is forgiving if you miss an occasional watering. In fact, it prefers to dry out in between waterings.

Pros:

  • It’s an air-purifying plant that frequently avoids root rot.
  • You’ll know when you need to water the plant by its drooping leaves — droopy leaves that cannot be revived by watering are a sign the plant needs to be repotted into something larger.

Cons:

  • This plant is toxic to ingest, so keep it away from pets and children who might try to eat the leaves.

8) Snake Plant

Snake Plants can help clean your indoor airAlso known as mother-in-law’s tongue, snake plant is hardy and adds a unique look to your decor. It can tolerate low water and light environments, though it prefers bright, indirect light.

Pros:

  • It’s on the NASA list of plants that clean the air.
  • It’s relatively easy to care for.

Cons:

  • Saponins in the plant make it toxic to pets and may cause nausea and vomiting.

9) Bamboo Palm

The Bamboo Palm makes a Great Office PlantsBamboo palms are great plants if you want to add a tropical feel to your home or office. While the plant prefers bright light, it can do very well in low light as long as it receives enough water. However, make sure you don’t overwater the bamboo palm. Wait until the top of the soil is dry. This plant likes high humidity, so consider placing it on a tray of pebbles with water added. As the water evaporates, add more so the pebbles are almost covered.

Pro:

  • It’s excellent at reducing the formaldehyde that is released by new furniture.
  • It’s nontoxic to pets.

10) Rubber Plant

Image of a Rubber PlantYou might be surprised to learn rubber plants are related to ficus. Both are members of the fig family. Rubber plants do well in bright, indirect light to low light, and they need to be kept moist. Misting will help keep humidity levels up, and the plant prefers to be watered with room-temperature water. Remember that too much water can result in yellow leaves.

Pros:

  • You’ll enjoy attractive foliage.
  • The plant helps clean indoor air.

Cons:

  • The milky sap of this plant is poisonous to pets and children.
  • Sap can cause serious skin irritation.

11) Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plants Make Great HouseplantsAloe vera prefers bright, indirect light, and while it prefers moist soil, it seems to do just fine if you forget to water it occasionally.

Pros:

  • It has the ability to heal cuts and burns.
  • It absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night, making it nice to have in bedrooms.

12) Kalanchoe

Flowering KalanchoeThe kalanchoe is a beautiful flowering plant that needs to be watered frequently and prefers bright light. You should also allow it to dry between waterings. Sadly, kalanchoe is often considered to be a disposable plant once it is done flowering. However, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension Service, kalanchoes may rebloom the following season.

Pros:

  • The plant can help clean the air.

Cons:

  • Many people don’t find it attractive when it’s not in bloom.

13) Money Plant

Also known as jade plant, it prefers bright light and needs to dry out between waterings. Because it is a slow grower, it rarely needs repotting and seems to do well even when rootbound.

What a Money Plant Looks Like - They Make Great Houseplants

Pros:

  • The money plant is one of three plants studied in India for its ability to improve air quality. The other two plants were the mother-in-law’s tongue and the areca palm. The study found that after 15 years, the building with these plants had better air quality than the other buildings in the city, resulting in:
  • 52 percent less eye irritation
  • 34 percent fewer respiratory problems
  • 24 percent fewer headaches
  • 12 percent less lung impairment
  • 9 percent less asthma

best plants to clean the airCons:

  • This plant can be toxic to pets.

14) English Ivy

English Ivy Indoor PlantEnglish ivy is an easy-to-grow plant that does not like direct sunlight but does prefer bright light. It needs moist soil and cooler temperatures than most other house plants at about 10°C to 18°C/50°F to 65°F. Ivy likes humidity, so make sure you mist it or place it in a tray of pebbles and water.

Pros:

Cons:

  • It can be toxic to children and pets.

15) Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreens are one of the many plants that help clean the airChinese evergreen is a popular houseplant not only because of its ease of care but because it comes in many varieties. You could have several and create a fresh, tropical look. They prefer well-drained soil, medium to low, indirect light, and a little extra humidity. The plant also prefers warm temperatures but can tolerate temperatures as low as 60 degrees as long as you keep it out of drafts. Allow soil to dry between waterings, and fertilize the plant twice a year.

Pros:

  • It’s one of the top 10 air-purifying plants, according to NASA’s list.
  • The plant is easy to care for.

Cons:

  • It may be toxic to dogs, cats and even people.

16) Heart Leaf Philodendron

Heart Leaf Philodendron Indoor Plant Heart Leaf Philodendron is a vigorous vining plant that will need pruning to keep it from taking over a room. It prefers moderate to low, indirect light. You should keep the soil moist, and occasional mist the plant for ideal watering.

Pros:

  • It effectively removes VOCs from the air, especially formaldehyde.

Cns:

  • It’s toxic to pets and children.

17) Areca Palm

Areca Palm - Great Office PlantsIf you’re looking for a tropical look in a statement plant, this is the one. Areca palm looks exotic, elegant and stately. It prefers bright, indirect light and moist, well-drained soil. However, be careful not to overwater. In the spring, you can try using a time-release fertilizer.

Pros:

  • The plant is featured on NASA’s list of air-purifying plants.
  • It removes benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
  • It adds humidity to the air and it’s n

18) Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia houseplant that helps clean the airDieffenbachia, also called dumb cane, needs well-drained, moist soil. It does best with low, indirect light. Your dieffenbachia can also get as tall as 4 feet or more if you care for it well.

Pros:

  • The plant can improve indoor air quality.
  • It’s easy to grow.

Cons:

  • It’s toxic to pets and children.

19) Peperomia

Peperomia Houseplant in a Tea CupThere are many types of peperomia available to purchase, allowing you to have a variety of plants that are all related. However, each plant is so unique that no one will ever know they are all peperomia. They prefer light to moderate light and moist, well-drained soil.

Pros:

  • Peperomia is unique and easy to grow.
  • It’s nontoxic to pets or children.
  • It effectively removes formaldehyde from the air.

Cons:

  • Overwatering can easily lead to root rot.

20) Warnack Dracaena

One of the Best Air Purifying Plant is Warnack Dracaena

Warnack dracaena adds interest to your interior. It prefers bright, indirect lighting and can thrive in artificial lighting, making it one of the best office plants to grow. Allow it to dry out a bit between waterings. This plant does well even when you forget to water on occasion.

Pros:

  • It can improve indoor air quality.
  • It thrives in artificial light.

Cons:

  • The plant is toxic to pets,
  • It’s sensitive to fluoride in water, so purified or rain water is best.

21) Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig Indoor Trees are a popular choice for both style and the trees ability to clean indoor air. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons MorrisjmFiddle-leaf fig is tall with big, violin-shaped leaves that make it seem more like a piece of art than a plant. It prefers bright, indirect light and should be allowed to dry between waterings. Make sure you keep it out of drafts, and fertilize the plant monthly during the growing season.

Pros:

  • It’s nontoxic to people.
  • It also improves air quality.

Cons:

  • It’s toxic to pets.
  • It doesn’t like to be moved.

22) Gerber Daisy

Gerber Daisy are colorful indoor plants that can help purify the airGerber daisy adds a pop of color to your home. It prefers bright, indirect light but not too much heat. Try to keep the soil moist during warm weather, and water the plant less in cooler weather. You should also give it a high-potassium fertilizer monthly.

Pros:

  • It improves air quality.
  • It’s a bright and showy plant.
  • It’s nontoxic.

Cons:

  • It’s difficult to rebloom.
  • It’s considered a disposable plant.

23) Dwarf Azalea

Dwarf Azaleas make perfect indoor plants since they help clean the airAzaleas grown indoors are not the same as the ones you plant in your landscape outside. Both are rhododendrons, but they are different types. Indoor azaleas are often found in florist shops, and they like cool temperatures and indirect light. Make sure you keep the soil moist.

Pros:

  • These are beautiful flowers to look at.
  • They clean indoor air and remove formaldehyde.

Cons:

  • The plant is toxic to pets and children.
  • It’s difficult to rebloom.

24) Umbrella Tree

Best Office Plants - Umbrella Tree

The umbrella tree, or schefflera, is an excellent house or office plant. It likes bright, indirect light and while it prefers moist soil, it will still do well if it dries out occasionally. Be careful not to get too generous with the watering can, since this plant does not grow well in water. An umbrella tree can grow up to 6 feet tall, but you can keep it more manageable by pinching off new growths.

Pros:

  • It purifies the air.
  • It’s a bold, showy plant.

Cons:

25) Wax Begonia

Wax Begonia make great indoor houseplantsWax begonia will produce white and pink or red blooms all summer as long as it is well cared for. It needs moist soil and bright, indirect light. You should keep this plant in a peddle tray with water for humidity and also prune off dead flowers.

Pros:

  • You’ll enjoy ongoing flowers all summer.
  • It improves indoor air quality by removing benzene and other chemicals.

Cons:

  • The plant is toxic to pets

26) Mint

Growing mint indoors helps keep bugs away and purifies the airMint is one of the best herbs to grow inside because you can control where it spreads. When mint is outdoors, it tends to take over entire regions of your yard. When it’s in a small planter, it can be contained.

Pros:

  • It acts as a natural insecticide and repels bugs.
  • It’s great for adding natural flavor to iced tea and other beverages.

Try One of These Best Indoor Plants in Your Home

The right houseplant can add so much to your indoor environment, including beauty, healthier air and a bit of Zen decor. So don’t worry if you haven’t grown anything before, many of these plants are very suitable for beginners. Pick one, and as your confidence grows, you can start adding more plants to your home.

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