You probably know that houseplants can do a lot to improve the quality of the air in your home. They can even contribute to the overall design of your space. But it's not always easy taking care of plants, especially if you don't know the first thing about them. If you've killed more than your fair share of houseplants over the years, don't worry. Chances are you just didn't find the right kind! Here are some of the best varieties for those who weren't gifted with a particularly green thumb.
It sounds like the last thing you'd want in your home, but spider plants have nothing to do with creepy crawlies. According to Greatist, spider plants are some of the easiest to grow, and they help remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air. They like bright but indirect sunlight, so they'll do just fine in a well-lit room, even if they're not right in the window. They even send out shoots that eventually grow into more spider plants, so you can keep one in every room.
The "Today" show noted that pothos can rid the air of all kinds of indoor pollutants, and they grow super quickly. You can hang them in baskets on hooks from the ceiling or arrange them so that they climb up objects in your home. Give it a trim when the tendrils of leaves get too long and it'll keep looking as healthy as ever. They can survive in a wide range of light conditions, but avoid places that have almost none.
If you're the type to forget about watering for a while, cacti are perfect for you. They actually do better with a little bit of neglect. All you have to do is put them in an area with plenty of sunlight, and make sure they're situated in a container with good drainage to prevent the roots from sitting in standing water. Water whenever the soil's dry – or whenever you remember!
Like cacti, succulents thrive in dry conditions, and they come in many exciting varieties that look great alone or placed together. Put them in an area with bright light, and turn the pots a little every now and then when you notice them growing sideways toward the light. That way, they'll grow more uniform. Many varieties of succulents can form entirely new plants with just one leaf, so you could take a few trimmings and spread them throughout your home.
Aloe vera not only helps remove formaldehyde, according to Greatist, but has plenty of other benefits that make it a handy plant to have on hand. You can use the liquid in the leaves to help heal wounds or improve skin conditions like psoriasis. They thrive in sunny areas and don't require a lot of water.
Peace lilies do well in low humidity and low light, so they can hang out just about anywhere in your home, except for the bathroom! They produce pretty flowers during the summer months and prefer moist soil, but don't overwater them.
How has your luck been with houseplants?