The Most Functional (and Hard-to-Kill) Houseplants

April 10, 2020

With the world bursting into bloom beyond your windows, now might be the perfect time to bring some of Mother Nature indoors. These houseplants won’t only brighten up your home, they’ll also help to purify the air. Even better, they’re practically impossible to kill, so no green thumb is required to care for them.

Aloe vera. Aloe vera might be the most practical of all the houseplants. You can snap off one of the spindly leaves and use the soothing gel inside to ease everything from sunburn to minor cuts. And the plant actually pulls double duty, since it also rids the air of common chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde. Plus, you only have to water them when the soil gets bone dry.

Snake plant. The snake plant’s wide, green-striped leaves aren’t purely for looks. They also filter commonly occurring pollutants from the air. And if you’re looking for a plant that really thrives with minimal light, this is it. Even in a dark corner, the snake plant will do pretty well. Only water it occasionally, when you notice the soil seems dry.

Spider plant. Another houseplant that gets rid of benzene and formaldehyde is the spider plant. True to its name, this plant features long, thin leaves that look almost akin to the curving legs of a spider. The spider plant does best in bright, but indirect light and requires a drink when its soil becomes slightly dry.

Lucky bamboo. There’s a reason you see potted bamboo in so many offices! It can tolerate basically any level of light, and you don’t really need to water it on any type of a schedule. What’s more, bamboo is believed to generate positive energy, so it could even boost your mood!

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Categories: Apartment Living