It’s no secret that leaf love is where it’s at right now.
You have probably noticed by now the flourishing forests of greenery that have overrun the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens of our social media feeds, with plants draped across every available sill, shelf, and staircase.
Gone are the days when the plant’s place was outside, as worldwide more and more people are bringing the outside, in, seeking solace from busy, fast-paced lives in their indoor sanctuaries of green.
Indoor plants are definitely having their moment in the sun – and we are here for it – but, their appeal goes far beyond an improvement on your indoor aesthetic. From promoting a positive mental and physical wellbeing, to naturally purifying the air, indoor plants can be vital in enhancing not only your indoor space, but your life.
Looking to flex that green thumb and add some greenery to your scenery?
We’ve paired up with NATURE CARE to bring you a short guide to indoor plants that are air-purifying, low maintenance, and nearly impossible to kill.
Here’s what we’re diggin’…
1. Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum
The Peace Lily is a favourite indoor plant, known for its lasting white blooms, beautifully glossy, dark green leaves, and renowned for its easy care.
Not to mention it topped NASA’s list of removing toxic agents from the air, said to improve your indoor air quality by as much as 60 percent.
Prefers medium, indirect sunlight – yellow leaves indicate the Peace Lily is getting too much light.
They also does well under florescent lights, and some have been known to thrive in rooms with no windows at all!
Peace lilies are far more tolerant of under watering than overwatering, and they will actually let you know if they’re thirsty – look for the telltale droop, or simply touch the top of the soil to determine if they need water.
Placement Tip: The Bathroom
In bathrooms, the Peace Lily can help to keep shower tiles and curtains free from mildew and the plant can absorb harmful vapours from alcohol and acetone.
2. Corn Plant – Dracaena massangeana
A popular indoor plant for decades, the “corn plant” gets its name from its upright growth and graceful leaves which resemble corn foliage. Grown in many forms, usually multiple plants of staggered heights per pot, the Dracaena fragrans massangeana is the most popular variety with broad green leaves and a central yellow stripe.
Light & Water:
Tolerant of low light and missed watering, but prefers bright, indirect sunlight.
3. Golden Pothos – Epipremnum aureum
The Golden Pothos or “Devil’s Ivy” can be found growing all over the world with its evergreen vines and small green heart-shaped leaves marbled with yellowish-white hues.
A fast grower, and tolerant of a wide variety of conditions, “Devil’s Ivy” was given this nickname because it is almost impossible to kill, sometimes staying green even when kept in the dark.
While Pothos do well in a variety of light conditions, moderate indoor light is ideal.
Careful not to overwater, Pothos do best when their soil is allowed to dry out between waterings. If the leaves turn yellow, you may be watering it too much.
Placement Tip: Up High
With vines that can reach 10’ or longer, making it ideal for hanging baskets, or high tables and shelves.
4. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue – Sansevieria trifasciata
“Mother-In-Law’s Tongue” or “Snake plant” has risen in popularity over the last few decades and is now widely grown all over the world. One of the best houseplants for absorbing airborne toxins including formaldehyde (common in cleaning products), nitrogen oxide, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene, it’s perfect for indoors.
While it does prefer to have plenty of bright light, it can endure low amounts of light at long durations, and requires very little maintenance, again, it’s pretty hard to kill.
Water whenever soil is dry to touch, and err on the side of underwatering.
Placement Tip: The Bedroom
This plant converts a lot of carbon dioxide to oxygen at night, making it ideal to have one or two in your bedroom.
5. Weeping Fig – Ficus Benjamina
Most commonly known as a Ficus tree, the Weeping Fig grows well both inside and out, and can maintain their tree-like shape regardless of their size.
In recent years, some imaginative growers have even started to take advantage of their pliable trunks to braid or twist the plants into different forms.
Place in an area that has plenty of bright, indirect, natural light.
Keep the plant steadily moist, but don’t allow it to sit in water.
And One for Good Luck…
6. Flamingo Flower – Anthurium Andraeanum
Anthurium is a beautiful evergreen plant that is most known for its gorgeous flowers.
Okay, so this one isn’t necessarily the easiest to grow indoors, but it’s definitely worth it – if not for its beauty, at least for its incredible effectiveness at purifying the air, another list topper in NASA’s Clean Air Study.
Be sure to give it plenty of indirect light, the blooms love to soak in the rays and you’ll be rewarded for weeks with their beauty.
These plants are not drought-tolerant and suffer if soil is allowed to remain dry for long periods. Try to keep the soil moist at all times.
According to Feng Shui, Anthuriums are lucky plants, and due to their red heart shaped flower, are thought to be especially lucky in relationships, and are one of the most gifted plant on Valentine’s Day!
All of these and so much more are available at Nature Care’s Garden Centre, one of the most popular garden centres in Barbados, located at Lowlands, Christ Church, with convenient opening hours and ample parking.
Nature Care’s expertise reflects more than three decades of experience, and it carries everything a plant lover or garden enthusiast could ask for, from a wonderful range of flowering and foliage indoor and outdoor plants, to outdoor furniture, cushions, wind-chimes, garden tools, and seeds, you name it!
Not to mention the Dragonfly Bistro…
The Dragonfly Bistro is the ideal venue for meeting a friend, business meetings or just a bit of time out while shopping in the Garden Centre. Grab a bite to eat, a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, in the gazebo overlooking their beautiful pond and garden.
Go sink your teeth into the culinary experience provided by chef Ronald King, Executive Chef and Owner of the Kingdom’s Kitchen at the Dragonfly Bistro. With over 15 years of experience, this Jamaica Gleaner Culinary Award winning Pastry Chef has amassed a wealth of experience both regionally and beyond, perfecting his artistry with dough’s and delights both sweet and savoury.
M Tip: Try their gourmet 100% Bajan Black Belly Lamb Burger with its Mozzarella and Mint infusion. YUM.
Now go forth, and grow!
Rising Sun Road, Balls, Christ Church