2021 was supposed to be a return to normalcy, however, for many it has been anything but. Rather than begin 2022 with a bang, it should begin with a deep breathe and a plan to establish a new normal. With many spending a significant amount of time indoors, you should welcome in new life, stylish decor and peace of mind into your living space. With this in mind, here are three plants that would elevate any interior environment.
Snake Plants (dracaena trifasciata)
The absolute beginner friendly plant. Snake plants are a staple in any indoor space for several reasons. Firstly, they are tolerable of lower level of lights, meaning they would be just fine in nearly any space. Secondly, watering for these plants range from about once a week (for smaller examples) up to once every two-three weeks. Not only is the maintenance at a bare minimum, they come in a variety of sizes to fit work desks, shelving, and floor pieces.
Apartments in general can sometimes lack the required space for many other species of plants. Luckily, the snake plant is characterized by its vertical spear-shaped leaves, meaning they would be able to fit in tighter corners that would otherwise be devoid of any plants. It should be noted that snake plants are considered mildly toxic to pets, though most pets in our experience tend to ignore these plants. Snake plants should definitely be among the first plants introduced into any space!
Monstera (various varieties)
If you are looking to add something a little more unique, look no further than any variety of the monstera family. Generally identifiable by their large cuts in the leaves (though not true for every variety) monsteras are certainly an eye catching piece. Depending on the intended space, certain species may be better suited than others. For example, the photo to the right is the monstera "swiss cheese". In the 4" varieties, they are great additions to desks and shelving spaces. They prefer bright, indirect light and a decent amount of humidity. At larger sizes, around 8", they tend to be better suited for hanging. Elevating them will show off their substantial length and will not be impeded as it otherwise would on the ground. If you are looking for a floor piece, the monstera deliciosa (photo at the top of the post) is what you are searching for. As this plant ages, more holes begin to form towards the center of the leaf. Watering at this size (8"-10") tends to be around every 7-10 days. For most monstera species in the 4"- 6"range, watering tends to be every 5-7days. Please note that they are considered toxic to pets, so it would be better suited out of reach for our furry friends.
Bonnie Spider Plant (chlorophytum comosum)
Last but not least is the Bonnie Spider plant. Low maintenance, pet safe, and versatile, the spider plant checks all of the boxes. This plant prefers bright, indirect light, though can tolerate lower levels of light. Watering tends to be once every 5-7 days, and is quite forgiving in the watering department. They do prefer some humidity, be mindful to not place them near any heaters or air conditioning units. Bathrooms tend to be lower in light and humid, so this would enable you to add a pop of green to your shower! They make nice hanging pieces, and would be able to fit in a variety of places. With that being said, they are stunning when paired with a complimentary pot and transformed into a small arrangement. On a desk, hanging in a corner, or in the shower, the bonnie spider should definitely be an option when considering bringing some plant life into your home.
Those are just a few solid options when considering adding some life into your environment. Plants are not only capable of boosting our mood, but let off fresh oxygen and clean our air. Mood boosting, air cleansing, and easy to care for, start the new year with some new plant life.
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