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7. There are no stylish indoor plantsWhile we’re talking plants, all the lovely houses that Houzz features have beautiful green potted plants, tastefully displayed in various rooms and situations. I tried this too, but selected all the wrong plants, and kept them in their original plastic pots, with the addition of an old, chipped saucer underneath. The effect was not as lovely. Remedy: There are great plants for indoors, that really don’t require much care at all. This is a revelation for those of us who routinely murder everything green. And stylish pots are everywhere these days, including the hardware store. Again, mix foliage and textures, and be creative with your pots. Plus, steer clear of saucers.8 Essentials to Keeping Your Indoor Plants Alive and Thriving
5. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)The more leaf area a plant has, the higher the amount of oxygen and moisture it releases during transpiration. The lush leaves of peace lily, especially the larger types, are therefore invaluable for helping to cool the air in a room. Scientists from NASA, the University of Technology Sydney and elsewhere also rate the peace lily highly in their studies of plants that can reduce toxins in buildings. Tip: Position plants in indirect light and keep room temperature above 12°C. Water regularly (less in winter) and mist leaves often if air is dry.
Plant at a GlanceCommon name: Peace lily Botanical name: Spathiphyllum Origin: Tropical areas of the Americas and South-East AsiaPlant type: Stemless plantSize: Peace lilies can range in size from 30 centimetres to around 2 metres, depending on the varietyLooks best: In a pot that complements its graceful form, with plenty of space around it to show off those shiny green leaves11 hardy house plants that thrive on neglect
You can also use plants to freshen up your interiors – both visually and from an air-quality perspective. Research conducted at University of Technology Sydney has shown that plants can filter harmful toxins from the air. While any plant will do, some of the species shown to filter the most benzene from indoor air included old favourites such as the kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), peace lily (Spathiphyllum), and Queensland umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla).Tell usAre you concerned about VOCs in the home? What strategies have you used to reduce your exposure to them? Share these in the Comments below.MoreRead more about keeping your home healthy
Peace LilyBotanical name: SpathiphyllumThe peace lily is a survivor, producing much of its own food and sending forth creamy spoon-shaped candle-like flowers when it feels the urge. It’s lovely in the bedroom, where it is said to purify the air, and has a serenity that suits a quiet retreat.Prefers: A low-sunlight spot and a pot large enough for it to produce its abundant glossy foliage. Ensure soil stays moist but not soggy – investigate a self-watering device if you are going to be away for a while. Clip old leaves from the base to encourage growth.Hates: Extremes of temperature.Caution: Although it’s unlikely that a dog or person will chew on your peace lily, be aware the leaves are poisonous and the sap is an irritant.8 ways to use pot plants to your advantage