The Best Plants for Each Room PART II

Add color and fresh air to any room of your house with the following indoor plants and make it more peaceful and inspiring place to be. A well-placed houseplant will not only add life to a space, but also help to purify the air you breathe, creating a healthier home.

Dining room

Make the dining room area (where we gather with friends and family) look fresh and lively with the right houseplants. Keep in mind that selecting houseplants for dining rooms is really no different than selecting plants for any other room in your house. Just consider available light and growing space, and then choose eye-catching plants.


Ficus is a traditional, one of the most common indoor plants that grows well in flower pots and indoors. A plant with its gorgeous, large, fleshy, thick and glossy leaves is an easy plant to maintain. Ficus is an ornamental plant which is very popular for growing indoors, whether in a house or an office. They are among the plants that have the advantage of keeping the atmosphere clean. Place it near your favorite spot to enjoy the fresh air. Most ficus plants enjoy bright indirect light or filtered light. They cannot tolerate low temperatures and are best kept in an environment where the temperature is above 16 °C. Try to avoid exposing the plant to cold drafts. Don’t keep them near to a drafty door or window. Maintaining a relatively high humidity around a ficus plant is really important. Regular misting or standing the plant on a pebble tray with the water level below the top of the pebbles is a great way to keep humidity high. Ficus plants don’t like to be overwatered. Always check the soil before you water. If the soil is wet, don’t water. Wait until the top of the soil feels dry. Ficus plants grow rapidly and will do well with plenty of nutrients. In the spring and summer, fertilize the plant once a month. In addition, reduce it to once in two months in the fall and winter season. The most common problems these plants have are losing their leaves. Falling leaves in houseplants is usually a standard response to stress, which could have a number of causes. Browning leaves are usually due to a lack of water, but can also be a result of low humidity or a lack of light, or a combination of stress factors. The most common causes of stress to ficus plants are: Overwatering, low humidity, little light, drafts, change in temperature (usually too cold, but can also be too hot), pests.

Caution: It produces a white, milky liquid that is toxic and irritating when it comes into contact with the skin. So if something similar is observed, it should be cleaned immediately with a damp cloth and removed for a short time so that it is not accessible to children or pets.


Umbrella plant or Schefflera with its pretty foliage and oval, green and fleshy leaves will give a tropical style to any space. It grows fast enough and is maintained for many years. It resists the drought and grows better in sunny places. It will grow best in bright rooms, away from direct sunlight. If kept in these conditions, the plant should become bushy and tall. If kept in a darker room, it will continue to grow, though the leaves may be more spread out. Too much sunlight will cause damage to the leaves. It is very resistant to high temperatures and so only waters it when the surface soil has dried so that its roots do not rot. For the same reason, make sure that no water is left on the pot. This will help you avoid the annoying moguls around it. Although it is resistant to drought, it needs the humidity of the environment so make sure that the area in which it is located has the necessary moisture. As well as being easy to care for, the Umbrella Plant makes an excellent house plant due to its air purifying qualities. In addition to releasing oxygen into the atmosphere like other plants, the Umbrella Plant also absorbs toxins, thereby filtering the air in your property and leaving you with better air quality.


Yucca is a tough plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It is an evergreen plant originated in Brazil, with characteristic pointed leaves ending in a thorn. It is a low maintained plant and is known as the tree of joy and happiness. It has the power to positively influence all areas and is a symbol of protection and purification. It is one of the few plants that thrive in sunny interiors, as it is resistant to the strong summer sun rays. It is a hard plant that can grow both indoors and outdoors. It grows fast when receives enough light. It does not love the frost of winter so it is advisable to avoid placing it near a window as brown spots may appear on its leaves. Do not expose to air drafts and near radiators. Allow the soil to dry thoroughly before watering. Since the plant takes care of collecting water out of the substratum by itself, from which it can live on a long time, watering too often is rather harmful than helpful. It can easily survive for several weeks without water. Rottenness, particularly on the important root, could be the consequence. The Yucca grows best in moist but not too wet soil. Therefore it is recommended to use pots, in which the root does not stand too long in the water.


Zamia is one of the most elegant indoor plants and at the same time perhaps the most easy and strong plant. It is a plant that can withstand long periods of drought and shady spots. It loves a bright environment, even though it does just as well in shady places. It grows well under bright indirect sunlight. Place it in a sunny spot, and turn the plant regularly in front of the window so that it will grow evenly. Otherwise, the stems will grow toward the sunlight, creating a lop-sided plant. This shrub-like plant is a semi-succulent that holds water in its thick trunk, so it won't mind if you occasionally forget to water. Water only when the top part of the soil is dry. Keep the plant dry for few days in between watering. It needs good drainage pot so that the excess water can easily drain out and saves the plant from root rot. In order to keep the leaves clean wipe it with a damp cloth whenever required and remove the yellowish or dry leaves.

Unfortunately, the seeds of this beautiful plant are extremely poisonous. Keep the plant away from children and pets.


The exotic Strelitzia (bird of paradise) is one of the best known of all the tropical plants. It is a very special ornamental plant from South Africa that has taken its name from its flowers that resemble bird beaks. Bird of paradise typically blossom in the late winter or early spring. It is one of the most popular tropical plants, reaching up to 2 meters in height. It can also be planted in the garden, or placed in a large pot on the balcony. Nevertheless, it thrives better in places where it does not have much moisture and strong air. That's why they are better known as indoor plants. Its flowers are truly special and are in shades of orange and purple. It requires regular watering during the summer to keep its moisture constant. In winter, the amount of water should be reduced, let the soil dry between watering and have good drainage. You can also place it in a light position while exposure to light will help in its flowering, which will truly beautify your space.


Kitchen


Kitchen is often humid due to hot cooking appliances and therefore plants need to be able to withstand high temperatures. Plants with more frequent watering schedules may be a good option for the kitchen since your sink is quick and handy. On the other hand, succulents and cacti look cute in the windowsill and require no much care. Herbs will not only decorate your kitchen but you’ll get fresh leaves handily to prepare delicious dishes.


Rosemary is a plant with several benefits. It boosts the physical and mental health as it purifies the air by eliminating the harmful toxins and other kinds of impurities and keeps your home fresh. It smells so strong that it improves memory, reduce depression and anxiety. A plant with numerous such advantages will be ideal to increase the beauty of your space. It will uplift the mood and beauty of your space.


Basil plant has many medical properties as well as it purifies the air by absorbing the harmful gases from the environment. It requires regular sunlight, so it is advised to keep it at the sunny window. The high antioxidant quality of this plant eliminates the negative energy from the house and makes your space breathe better.


Jasmine grows easily indoors, working well in a hanging basket or clay pot. It is the ideal plant for those who are looking for large indoor plants, which are blooming. They are known for their bright white fragrant blossoms that will help keep your kitchen smelling fresh and clean. During the spring and summer months, jasmine will need as much as light as possible, but during the winter months it can tolerate less light. Keep the soil moist during the summer and let keep it dry in the winter months. You can limit its height by carefully pruning it. It is a plant that does not withstand low temperatures. It is a plant that really deserves to be in your place. However, it is one of the large indoor plants that if you take care of it properly, it will give you many beautiful flowers all year round.


Aloe Vera is quite attractive, and is known as a ‘succulent’. It can survive in high or low light conditions, and is good at absorbing moisture as it maintains moisture within its leaves. It earns a special place in the kitchen as a natural first-aid plant. It’s good to keep it next to the stove and it’ll come in handy the next time you burn or cut yourself. Just cut a leaf to extract a little aloe gel to soothe cuts and burns. The gel inside the leaves is useful for treating burns, insect bites or even just moisturizing dry dishwashing hands. Whether hanging or placed on the floor keep it in a sunny place to ensure it stays healthy. Water once every week or two, depending on the temperature and humidity indoors. Be sure it has good drainage; excess water will rot aloe Vera quickly. It likes sun so be sure it gets plenty without allowing the leaves to burn. It is the best plant for improving air quality. It produces oxygen at night, so like the other plants listed, it will improve the air in any place.


Cacti and succulents prefer plants that require little care and attention and adjust well to any house conditions. They are ideal to have at home as they are low maintenance plants and do very well indoors. These are plants that thrive in dry climates. Most succulents come from areas in Africa or Central America where it is hot and there is little humidity. Because they store water in their leaves, they can withstand long hours in the sun and little watering. They can survive a long time without water, but it’s still helpful to keep them somewhere you’re likely to remember to water them. They really like the heat and do well in small places. They are very slow-growing and will stay small for years, making them excellent counter options. These plants are great for adding color and vibrancy to a kitchen.

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