The range of plants that can successfully be grown indoors is huge. You can grow them for lots of reasons, because they look good, because they can help purify air, or because they are edible herbs you use in the kitchen. Whatever the reason, indoor gardening can be as simple as bringing in a few potted plants for a week or so to brighten up a room, or as complicated creating a zone or attached conservatory where plants can be grown indoors year round.
Indoor gardening is popular for those with limited outdoor space, for cold climates as well as for the aesthetic appeal of indoor plants.
However indoor gardening and indoor plants can also provide benefits in terms or air purification and creating a tranquil atmosphere in the home, office or commercial business area.
Supplies may include, lights or 'grow lights', plant containers or pots designed for indoor use, temperature meters, watering systems and much more.
Or it can be as simple as a plant on the window ledge.
Believe it or not living indoor plants are good for you.
Firstly they look good, secondly they help purify the air, thirdly they reduce stress levels and for those who are looking at the economics, they improve productivity both in terms of problem solving and creativity.
The traditional way of growing plants indoors is to grow them in pots, and sometimes hanging baskets. However as the benefits of growing plants both in the home and in commercial buildings are begin gong to be understood, different methods are being used.
These include green walls or vertical gardens. Fully integrated into building design.
What to look for in an Indoor plant
- Shape and form
Plants with strong architectural forms can make an impact all year round
- Flowering Indoor Plants
Everyone loves flowers, they may not last the year round however plants can be rotated as the seasons change
- Air purification
Some plants are better at this than others so choose wisely. Some plants are better at removing the common toxins released by furniture, paint and other indoor products than others. Some are siad to help filter out formaldehyde as well as benzine, both commonly released by cleaning products.
A few of the best indoot plants for air purification include : Aloe vera and other Aloe species, Sanseviera or 'Mother in law's tounge', Draceana species or 'Dragon Plants. The very popular figs including the Fiddle Leafed Fig and the Weeping Fig. Most Aglaonema species, the popular bamboo palm Chemeadora sefritza, the common Peace Lily and the good old Philodendron.
- Stress reducers and productivity improvers
Generally we are looking at large plantings that can be viewed form work positions. Plants that can be grown as a vertical garden covering an indoor wall can have a big impact in this respect.
Some of the best 'easy care' indoor plants
The popular Maidenhair fern is just one of many. Also consider the hardy Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exalta) and the Birds Nest Fern (Asplenium Nidus)
- The Snake Plant (Sanseviera trifiscata) excellent for air quality and a very hardy easy care plant.
- Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
- ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)
- Zygocacatus (schlumbergia truncata)
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) One of the most popular flowering indoor plants, also has great foliage.