One can choose from a wide variety of decorative plants with which to enhance the home. Houseplants come in an array of shapes, textures and sizes. Studies have shown them to purify indoor air and remove fumes from toxic chemicals such as those produced by computers and new carpeting.
Other studies show that houseplants improve ones’ frame of mind. Choose cheerful houseplants as an inexpensive way to beautify and personalize your home.
The friendship plant is a small colorful specimen with textured, showy leaves. It may be used to add interest to a bedroom dresser, kitchen counter or desk. This attractive potted plant reaches no more than 6″ to 12″ and requires only minimum light and moderate moisture. Place it where filtered morning sun can reach it, keep moist and turn it occasionally.
Pilea involucrata is called the Friendship plant because of its’ ease of propagation by cuttings so that you can readily share it with friends. For a slightly larger specimen that is similar, choose Pilea cadierei, often called the aluminum plant.
One of the best houseplants for removing indoor air pollution is the rubber tree in any variety. Choose the classic specimen as a floor plant and breathe easier! The large leaves have proven to be among the best for removing formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia often found in indoor air.
The glossy-leaved ‘Decora’ has new red growth and dark leaves and may work better with some indoor décor. Commonly called the Indian rubber tree, this variety may be more suitable for some situations. The rubber tree is often 6′ – 12′, but smaller plants will be available for tabletop use.
Keep this plant in a brightly lit area of the home, but out of direct sunlight. Allow to dry between watering. As with other houseplants, the rubber tree requires less water in the winter.
Acquiring New Plants
Compared to other items for decorating, houseplants are usually inexpensive. But in today’s’ tight economy, even a few dollars may not be available. Let friends and neighbors with houseplants know you are interested and often cuttings will be offered, along with helpful plant care advice.
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