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Plants 101

Plants 101

One thing that has become more popular than ever now a days, is Plants! No joke, plants have become the new pets/children, the majority of plant owners even name their plants. The reason behind plants having this sort pf huge uproar is their generally easy to take care of and you get to experience the gratifying reward of seeing it grow. The thing with plants is you have to pay attention when they need water and how much sunlight to give them, because every plant is different and requires different care. If you are interested in starting a plant collection but don’t even know where to start here is a list of 10 plants that you can take care of no problem. The list bellow starts from the easiest plant to own going down to more demanding plants.

Plant 1: Aloe Vera

The aloe plant is by far the easiest plant you can take care of, but don’t get me wrong it will die unless you take care of it. Aloe is a part of the succulent plant species and does not require a lot of watering or sunlight.  Aloe vera is also a great natural healing agent, the gel from the leaves of aloe plant heals and softens the skin.

aloe vera

Plant 2: Lavender

Lavender is a beautiful plant to take care of, plus it’s super easy! All you have to do is just put it in a sunny spot and water infrequently. Lavender derives off of sunlight (at least 8 hours per day) and water them sparingly. Allow the soil to dry out between watering’s, but don't let it get so dry that the plant wilts. The benefits of lavender are aromatherapy, the fragrance from the oils of the lavender plant is believed to help promote calmness and wellness. It's also said to help reduce stress, anxiety, and possibly even mild pain.

lavender

Plant 3: Snake Plant

Also know as the Mother in laws tongue, the snake plant is one of the most stylish and yet robust plants you can own. It can tolerate low light and dry air. The benefits of having a snake plant in your house are, they have a small contribution to removing toxic pollutants, snake plants can absorb cancer-causing pollutants, including CO2, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. With the ability to absorb and remove harmful toxins, snake plants can act as an effective defense against airborne allergies. This plant is truly a win, win.

snake plant 

Plant 4:  Spider plant

Snake plants only require little light and water making them one of the easiest plants to maintain. The benefits of a spider plants are they produces oxygen well purifying the air in your home by absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene. Additionally, Spider Plants are non-toxic and are in fact edible, making them safe for your pets and kids

spider plant

Plant 5: Peace Lily

One of the most beautiful and easiest plants to take care of, coming in colors white, pink or purple. They require low light, moderate temperatures and moist soil, meaning water every day- every other day depending how dry the air is. Owning a Peace Lily will help purify the air, promotes restful sleep, prevents formation of mildew and removes mold spores from the air.

peace lily

Plant 6:  Cactus

Ah yes, the classic Cactus, you can never go wrong with a cactus. Just like succulents, cacti are adaptable, and strong. Just plant them and leave them alone, watering them when you remember. They thrive off of being left alone and checked up on every know and then. The benefits when having a cactus is helping keep your fresh air, fresh and remove toxins from the environment.

cactus

Plant 7: English Ivy

This plant will grow and grow if you remember to water it. Let the top of the soil dry to the touch between watering, and fertilize your ivy about once a month in the spring, summer, and fall. Especially in dry, winter air, it will benefit from regular misting of the leaves. The benefits of the English Ivy are, they filter airborne toxins inside the home, and according to NASA's Clean Air Study, the English Ivy is effective at cleansing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.

english ivy

Plant 8: Philodendron

The Philodendron makes a pretty cool house plant because they have large, green, dark leaves allow them to absorb even the tiniest traces of light and water. This plant Thrives in medium indirect light, but can tolerate low indirect light. For water it only requires every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between watering’s.  When its nice outside be sure to take your Philodendron with you because it loves to get some fresh air and natural light. But be sure to place them in a somewhat shady spot, as direct sunlight can burn them. The benefits of the Philodendron are, it removes formaldehyde from the air.

philodendron 

Plant 9: croton

This pretty popular house plant is absolutely beautiful with its different color of leaves, showing a more red, orange, yellow, or purple than green. The Croton does require a good amount of sunlight, you’ll want to soil evenly moist, but let it dry out between watering. If humidity is low in your home, mist around the leaves with water once a week or keep a tray of wet gravel near the plant. The benefits of the Croton are sucking VOCs from the air like no other.

croton  

Plant 10: Air Plant

This is a pretty unique plant, once a week you put the plant in rain or bottled water and let it sit for about 2-3 hours every 10 days, then dry the plant out Feed them once a month by adding water-soluble fertilizer for epiphytes, bromeliads or air plants to the water you dunk them in. The air plant requires a good amount of attention but the benefits are they photosynthesize at night. So, while you are sleeping, they emit fresh oxygen into the air making a perfect plant for the bedroom.

air plant

-Daryien Pauze