Best Plants to Brighten the Home

Mark your calendars because March 20 is the official first day of Spring! Which of course means brighter and sunnier days, the smell of blooming flowers, and warm weather.

 

One of the best ways to spruce up your home and shake off winter is by incorporating plants into your home. Here are our top picks for brightening up your space!

Spider Plant

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a super popular house plant that comes from several varieties. Casually known as the “Airplane Plant,” some have plain green leaves, while others have a unique white zebra stripe.

 

These plants are relatively easy to care for and remove benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air.

 

In terms of water level, this plant receives a low to an average amount, depending on how much sunlight your space receives.

Aloe Plant

The aloe plant is amazing for purifying your space. This adorable plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen into the air, helping to eliminate toxins. Also, some species can reach up to three feet which can be great for open areas.

The most widely sold succulent, it’s ideal for this plant to receive a maximum amount of sunlight. Pro tip: It doesn’t do well in cold temperatures and direct sunlight will burn it, so ideally you should place it on a bookshelf or side table in a sunny room.

Cactus

One of the more trendy indoor plants, cacti have the ability to handle lots of direct sunlight and need very little water to stay alive.

If your window sill is looking a little empty, place one of these in the corner to instantly add color and texture to space.

Water is one of the most essential ingredients for this desert plant! If your container has drainage holes, water the plant thoroughly once a week during the active growth period and allows the soil to dry between waterings.

Boston Ferns

This tropical greenery can be hung or displayed and when treated properly, can last for decades! Boston ferns need the proper environment, which involves a cool spot with high humidity and indirect light. When caring for one, it’s not a bad idea to provide additional humidity.

Also, it’s important to make sure that the fern’s soil remains damp! Dry soil is one of the top reasons why ferns die.

Fiddle-Leaf Fig

This quirky plant can be seen almost everywhere from fashion magazines to high-end living rooms. This fiddle-leaf fig is sculptural and adds elegance to a living room or bedroom with its large violin-shaped leaves.

It thrives in warmer conditions and can grow up to 6ft tall or higher! Since it can grow pretty tall, consider placing it by a sunny window or resting on a shelf in view of a window.

Tip: Water only when the soil is dry to the touch.

Rubber Plant

Also known as “Ficus elastica,” this plant is an easy evergreen that was popular in the 70s. Like most of us, if you’re someone who struggles with keeping a plant alive, this one is perfect for you.

As one of the easiest ficus trifectas to maintain, it receives medium to high light and just needs to be watered once a week.

Since it’s so versatile, it can go almost anywhere in your home — whether it’s your bathroom, dining room table, or on a shelf in your kitchen!

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