Indoor plants are the latest thing to take center stage in the millennial lifestyle movement. Not only do plants look great, they provide a lot of health benefits. Here are four reasons why you need to own a plant. plus how to pick the right plant for you!
Plants increase productivity
According to plant pro Justin Hancock of Costa Farms, you should put plants where you can see them (we suggest in your office on your desk). In addition to the psychological benefits that exposure to plants brings, it can make them easier to care for. If your plants are highly visible, you’re more likely to notice if they start to wilt!
Plants clean the air
Indoor plants like snake plants, palm trees and peace lilies are known to purify the air, making it easier to breathe. These plants can also remove nasty chemicals from things like cleaning products.
Plants improve ambiance
Let’s be honest – if you’re a young professional (especially in NYC), chances are your apartment is only slightly larger than the shoebox your new platform sandals came in. This can cause some major claustrophobia. Bringing plants into your space brightens even the darkest areas of your apartment, making you feel like you live in an open loft rather than a “three” bedroom walk up in Murray Hill. Plants also serve as simple, yet impactful décor.
Plants give you something to take care of
If you can’t give up your happy hours for dog walking duty, and you’re ten years away from joining the Upper East Side stroller squad, why not be a plant mom? That’s right – having plants gives you the satisfaction of keeping something alive sans the headache. It’s even been said that talking to your plants actually helps them flourish. Just don’t freak out your roomies.
Here’s how to pick the best plant for you!
If you are low on sunlight: Go for nerve plant (Fittonia), snake plant (Sansevieria), or ZZ (Zamioculcas). These three varieties hold up to low light like champs. In fact, they don’t even need natural light—artificial light (such as what’s found in windowless cubicles) works just fine.
If you have a hard time remembering to water plants: Go for succulents (such as aloes or Haworthias) if you have a bright spot. These Exotic Angel® Plants typically survive up to a couple of weeks without water. If you don’t have bright light, add Peperomias or pothos (Epipremnum) to your collection.
If you have no counter space: Low on surfaces for a potted plant? Hang a beautiful plant such as Philodendron, spider plant (Chlorophytum), wax plant (Hoya), or pothos (Epipremnum). They have stems that elegantly trail down like a waterfall of lush leaves (that purify the air).
If you love a pop of color: Love a little color but want something that will last longer than flowers from your local bodega? You’ll love purple passion plant (Gynura), which has leaves covered in iridescent purple hairs; Rex begonias, which feature metallic-looking leaves in shades of red, silver, and purple; or earth star (Cryptanthus), a low-water pineapple relative with bright red or pink leaves. Crotons (Codiaeum) are classics, too, if you like hotter shades of red, yellow, and orange.
If you have a green thumb: Gardening pro? Dig into chic houseplant ferns (which can be divas if you don’t have above-average relative humidity levels). Zebra plant (Aphelandra) is another beauty that likes just the right spot to thrive.