By Jemimah Wambui
Plants, like trees are beneficial in improving air circulation in their environment. The same proves effective when they are planted indoors and they also add style to your space.
Different plants have different growth rates and needs. Below are some manageable plants to grow at home.
This plant is known for its numerous medicinal benefits like the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It produces a gel that has a cooling effect suitable for sunburn, can be used as a moisturizing your skin and healing small cuts. Make sure not to use more than 1/3 of the leaves as that will overwhelm your plant.
Being a succulent plant, water it every 10 days. You should also plant it in a tall pot to keep off leaves on any surface and plant it in a mixture of soil and gravel.
Its leaves are large and beautiful. Unlike its name, it prefers indirect light as too much exposure can burn the leaves and cause leaf browning.
Keep it moist at all times by spraying water with a spray bottle. It will also need adequate space because of the size of its leaves.
It derives its names from apparently possessing the ability to ward off negativity thus putting you in a place mentally to win even in monitory terms. The plant comes in different variations such as shades of light or dark green, silver and patterned with white.
Through the stomata on the leaves it takes away air pollutants leaving your space fresh. It grows fast and doesn’t like direct sunlight as that will turn the leaves brown. Water this plant every 10 days or when you notice the leaves rolling up.
This low-maintenance plant has different patterns. It is often called the mother-in-law’s tongue and originated from the tropical regions of Africa.
It prefers direct sunlight but can adapt to varying lights. Only water it when the soil is completely dry. It is good at filtering chemicals in the air.
This plant with a beautiful leaf pattern has a lot to offer. You can add the leaves to your water or use dried leaves to make your tea.
It however requires more watering and no direct sun, just a bright location. It has a variety of types such as spearmint which is often used in cooking.
This plant doesn’t need to be planted in the ground since its leaves give it the necessary water and nutrients. It can do without water for 4-14 days.
Despite that, it still needs enough light and water. Spray it with lukewarm water or soak it for 10 minutes once a week.
It is originally from East Africa and you can often spot it in offices. It needs little maintenance; little water and light.
Do not pour water over it and try to avoid getting the soil waterlogged.
Originally from the subtropical region, this plant prefers high humidity and a lot of light.
It grows fast, its leaves are small and can take different colours depending on the species. Its trunk diameter has a maximum of 50cm and can grow up to a height of 10 meters.
It can grow up to 2.4m indoors, not as tall as those that are grown outside.
Generally, it is important to choose soil that has enough nutrients that are required by your plant and do not over water any of them.
Be sure to get the details of your plants’ requirements from where you purchased it and also be keen to look out for any signs such as leaves curling as indicators that the plant be deficient of something.