Best Houseplants for Cleaning Air

Best Houseplants for Cleaning Air

Next time you go shopping for home cleaning supplies, consider adding large-leaved houseplants for every room in the house. They reduce unhealthy pollutants as well as airborne bacteria and fungi while adding the humidity needed to combat respiratory and allergic conditions. According to B. C. Wolverton, Ph.D., a retired NASA research scientist, indoor air pollution can be a major threat to our health. To determine how the earth produces and sustains clean air through plants …

Best Houseplants for Air Purification

Best Houseplants for Air Purification

Want to be notified each time we publish a new blog post? Then make sure you where we share not only our blog posts, but the best natural living ideas from around the web. If that fancy, expensive air purifier that you just saw in the mall is a little bit out of your price range, don’t be sad! There is another way to purify the air in your home, and it’s natural! (Not to mention cheaper!) Houseplants are a fabulous way to purify the air in your home, by absorbing chemicals and …

Houseplants 101

Houseplants 101

Houseplants 101 One of my favorite classes in college was plant ID. Yes. I loved the fact that I was being forced to memorize the common and scientific names of all houseplants. Strange, I know but I m infatuated with plants. I know it stems from my mom who had plants around our house growing up and was always rooting cuttings on the windowsill. She also threw plant parties (you know like Tupperware parties) in the 70 s before I came along. Our bedroom was lacking umph so my husband …

Sticky houseplants

Sticky houseplants

Peridically cleaning your houseplants improve their appearance (we all like to look our best, right?), stimulates growth, and helps to control insects and other pests. One more thing. No plant likes to be left in the corner and fogotten. They thrive when you putz around and and pay more attention to them. Try it! (To learn more about caring for houseplants, check out my articles, Houseplants That Clean the Air and Aquarium Water and Coffee Grounds: Unusual and Healthy Houseplant …

Creeping houseplants

Creeping houseplants

The Ficus genus contains some of the most beautiful, widespread and important plants in the world. Native to the tropics and subtropics, ficus are important food plants, landscape plants, houseplants, and even religious plants. As houseplants, there is a fairly wide selection of ficus species commonly available, including the creeping fig, or F. pumila (sometimes also called F. repens). Unlike its larger, woody-stemmed cousins, which want to grow into towering trees, the F. pumila …

Indoor Plants in Houston

Indoor Plants in Houston

Green up your office cubby with a houseplant. Here are easy-care suggestions from Chronicle garden editor Kathy Huber and Initial Tropical Plants horticultural expert Ken Brewer: ZZ plant The fleshy 2- to 3-foot stems of this striking plant are lined with alternating glossy, dark-green leaves.You ll wonder how anything that looks this good could need so little care. • Zamioculcas zamiifolia Golden pothos Goldon pothos, or devil s ivy, is an easy-care vining plant that will grow …

Best houseplants for cleaning indoor air

Best houseplants for cleaning indoor air

Between air conditioning and heating, our apartments can start to feel stuffy and stale. But adding some houseplants to your dcor actually can help clean indoor air all year round, while improving the look of your home. Find your perfect apartment now! Read on for the benefits of indoor plants and how to take advantage of them. What’s in the air? Many people develop mysterious illnesses and allergies from the place they least expect: Their homes! That’s because we can be surrounded …

Best Houseplants for little light

Best Houseplants for little light

Here are the most popular and easy to care for low light houseplants. If you want to grow plants in a low light or shady area be sure to choose those that thrive in those lighting conditions. When choosing plants for inside the home, you can’t just pick a plant you like. You have to take several things into consideration, such as size and ease of care. But, the most important factor in choosing a houseplant is the lighting conditions of your home. Even if you provide the perfect …

Best Low-Maintenance Houseplants

Best Low-Maintenance Houseplants

As everything turns brown outside, are you looking for a little greenery in your life? Lush houseplants can revitalize your home as the season changes to fall and then on to winter. Plus, for all you notorious plant killers, many plants that grow well indoors don’t require a lot of TLC. Hey, not all of us can be gardening-savvy. Or maybe your green thumbs are just twitching to grow something. Anything. You gardening addict. Whatever your skill level when it comes to gardening …

Best Houseplants San Francisco

Best Houseplants San Francisco

We asked three of SF’s top grow-it-alls — Succulence’s Ken Shelf, Crimson Horticultural Rarities co-owner Lonna Lopez, and Flora Grubb of Flora Grubb Gardens — to share their secrets. What’s a cool plant idea for the type of person who could kill a cactus? KS: Cactus mostly like to be left alone in a nice bright space, so if you’ve killed it, it’s either too dark or you’ve given it too much water. hosta (great flowers) or a fern — something that won’t mind being dark and wet …