Creating a happy home doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s worth the extra time + effort to make our spaces feel our own, from hanging twinkle lights + tapestries to brighten dull walls to choosing the coziest comforters + throw pillows to curl up in when the #struggle is real. This spring, consider adding freshness to your home with a houseplant [or a few ; )].
WHAT’S IN OUR AIR?
Besides serving as fun decorations + creating an earthy *aesthetic* in our homes, plants improve our health, too! Houseplants absorb CO2 + other toxins in the air, purifying our living space so that we can breathe easier. This may be especially useful if you live in an urban // city area where you’re exposed to smog + other types of air pollution on a daily basis — studies show that air toxins may cause symptoms such as throat irritation, dizziness, + headaches. Luckily, houseplants can keep your home + your body lookin’ [+ feelin’] good.
HOUSE PLANT PRO-TIPS
While the idea of overflowing your home with fresh plants sounds tempting, it’s best to find houseplants that require the least amount of upkeep — no one likes the look of rotten, yellow leaves hanging in the window! Like people, plants prefer things to be a particular way. Try to avoid overwatering them — if you’re unsure how much water is *too* much, most home + garden stores can help ya out with more info. Once you’ve found the perfect spot to display your plant, try not to move or disturb it — plants have trouble readjusting to new locations. Channel your inner green thumb with these low-maintenance houseplant picks —
1] ALOE VERA
This well-known succulent comes in many sizes, growing up to three feet in height! With lots of sunlight + a little bit of water, you can easily make a statement in your home. Aloe vera leaves contain a gel that’s packed with vitamins + enzymes with healing properties for everything — from minor cuts to sunburns.
2] GOLDEN POTHOS
This plant lives in large + small amounts of sunlight, making it versatile for the home, office, or dorm room. It removes air toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, + carbon monoxide for increased mental clarity + respiratory health.
3] SPIDER PLANT
These spikey critters are perfect to hang from the ceiling in your kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom [or wherever ya please : )], bringing a *bohemian* vibe to the home. Spider plants love direct, bright light — the closer to sunshine the better <3
4] ENGLISH IVY
Transport yourself to the lush greenery of the English countryside, without having to buy a plane ticket. Best in cooler temperatures, this plant is one of the best at purifying our air + adds a subtle charm to any room you put it in. Make sure to keep it confined to indoors only — when planted outside, English Ivy is an *invasive species* that’ll take over your garden + damage other plants surrounding it.
5] PEACE LILY
Let yourself relax + breathe [*literally*] with this houseplant, which removes air toxins emitted from electronic devices. Disconnect from iMessage for an hour, light a few scented candles + find the perfect spot for this year-round bloomer — preferably in a cozy, dimly-lit area.
Spring is the best time for a fresh start. Upgrade your space by filling every empty bookshelf, window, + corner with a houseplant that’s as fun to look at as it is to maintain.
+Alyssa [@amatts_inchaarg] // UConn CHAARG