How to Make Your Houseplants Lean & Green

Houseplants are not only visually appealing but they improve our home's air quality by adding oxygen and removing toxins.  Here are some plant care tips for those of us who can barely keep an artificial plant alive.

Accidental drowning is a leading cause of death.  Water your plants thoroughly but make sure there are drainage holes so excess water can escape as you don’t want your plants to be sitting in water.

Improper lighting is another reason why promising young plants become statistics.  It's important to match the lighting needs of plants with the amount of light you have to offer.  Here are a few hardy plants that can survive nearly any situation:

  1. The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is excellent for beginners as it’s almost impossible to kill.  They're one of the easiest plants to grow and look great in hanging baskets.

  2. The Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderana) just stands in water and has been used by the Chinese for centuries in the art of feng shui to create harmony in the home.

  3. The Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior) is another foolproof plant that only requires dim light and doesn’t need much water.  What could be easier?

Houseplants are a simple and cost effective way to infuse natural, serene style into your home.  Better yet, research suggests they reduce stress and cold related illnesses and even increase our energy levels.  Go out today and outfit your home with some of nature's lean mean green machines!


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