Let's be honest, some people have a green thumb, while others might consider themselves to have a brown one. Here at EverWild Florals, we have narrowed the field down to the plants that can live in low light or problem environments, and can thrive with minimal maintenance. The benefits of having vibrant, healthy houseplants in our spaces far outweigh the effort that goes into caring for them or the fear of killing them. Starting with easy plants can boost your confidence to move on to other more finicky species.
Air Purifying Benefits
One of the top benefits of indoor plants is their ability to clear the air. NASA has done several studies over the years testing how much volatile organic compounds (VOC's) are removed from the environment and how much oxygen and humidity are added. Some of the top air purifiers are also plants that thrive in less than ideal conditions. Snake plants, ZZ Plants, Peace lilies, Spider Plants, Purple Heart, and Bird's Nest Ferns are on the list of effective toxin removal from the air. They breathe oxygen out, removing allergens, CO2, and VOC's. They work especially good in a bedroom.
Generally speaking, most plants want bright, indirect light, but can tolerate a range of light conditions. Snakes, ZZ plants, Spider plants and Purple Heart love brightness but can tolerate low to medium light. Peace lilies and Bird's Nest Ferns prefer a more filtered, medium light, but can be flexible. The most important light requirement for all of them is to never put them in direct, prolonged sunlight because it can burn the leaves.
Water is not love. Overwatering is one of the most detrimental things you can do to houseplants. Forgetting to water and allowing the medium to dry out between watering will make them very happy. Nobody wants soggy, wet soil, which can cause root rot. They also do not want to be bone dry for extended time periods. Some plants like Peace Lily will droop and be very communicative when they want water, other will get shriveled or limp. Making sure that the medium becomes completely wet and then allowing it to drain is important. They should never sit in standing water.
Misting plant leaves between watering can be helpful. Some plants really love humidity like ferns, spiders and Peace Lilies and can be happily placed in a bathroom or near the kitchen sink. Others like Snakes and ZZ plants don't care as much about the humidity, but really love to have their large leaves dusted off with a damp cloth which allows the leaf pores to open up and keep releasing oxygen into the air.
Benefits of Owning and Gifting Plants
Our favorite benefit of houseplants is their ability to improve your productivity, mood, air quality, and sleep. Healthy plants are uplifting, joyful, and can have deep symbolic meaning. They improve your Feng Shui, can attract abundant energy and symbolically grow good fortune into your life. They make the best house warming gifts, sympathy gifts and markers of life's milestones that can be passed down from generation to generation. With minimal effort and paying a little bit of attention to what the plant is telling you, even the brownest thumb can can grow lush vibrancy around them!