6 Indoor Trees For Your Living Spaces (And Mental Health) In This Planthroposcene Era
Welcome giant pots of these in the sunniest spots of your indoors for a deeper connection with nature
This two year pandemic has brought about an influx of plantitas and plantitos, introducing a whole new generation of plant enthusiasts. It got people thinking twice about where they prefer to live, resulting in families leaving behind their concrete jungle habitat for literally greener pastures in the suburbs or provinces. For some of us who are not as fortunate to be as flexible, we make do with what we have. Consider yourself lucky if your current home comes with a garden, and if you happen to be a condo dweller, a balcony where you can house plants. We’ve all heard how gardening and greenery can contribute to one’s well-being. Gardening has been hailed as the therapeutic hobby to ward off stress and fatigue while uplifting mood and productivity simultaneously. Aside from cleansing the air and producing oxygen, they create privacy pockets, diminish noise levels and introduce beauty and life to sparse corners.
Trend expert WGSN talks about Architect Stefano Boeri and Agronomist Laura Gatti’s Trudo Vertical Housing Forest social housing in Eindhoven, The Netherlands as an example of a design project that has taken the intertwined relationship of plants and people (planthroposcene) to heart. By offering trees in every balcony of this building, small plots of biodiversity are created. Definitely a good move for the city and the planet!
So yes, we know that plants and trees are great for our mental health but what if we don’t have access to outdoor spaces? Can trees and plants thrive indoors? Yes they can, with a little bit of love and care. We curated a list of options and sought help from local suppliers to help you bring some of that outdoor goodness in.
Livistona Palm (Livistona rotundifolia)
This stylish plant with fan-shaped leaves is a member of the palm family. It is considered to be one of the smaller varieties with heights varying from 12 inches to 6 feet tall. They present large and attractive leaves but do take care with its thorny stems. According to plant stylist Wonder Plants, an ideal area for this plant to flourish is to position them in spaces where it can receive bright indirect sunlight.
Benefits: It functions as a humidifier. They help prevent fatigue, headaches and irritated eyes by filtering toxins and improving air quality.
Lighting: Bright, indirect sunlight.
Maintenance Level: Low. Only water when top layer of soil is dry. Do not over-water to the point that soil becomes soggy.
Yucca (Yucca elephantipes)
Yuccas are slow-growing plants with spiky leaves that belong to the Agavaceae family. They are considered low maintenance because 5 years can go by before it starts overwhelming your space or needs pruning. As a bonus, they are pest-resistant. However, they are toxic for dogs and cats so pet owners should steer away from this one.
Benefits: Filters air.
Lighting: Bright, indirect sunlight.
Maintenance Level: Low. Water them once a week as they do not need much watering. Never let yuccas sit in a tray of water to avoid root rot. Easy to propagate.
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
Considered by NASA to be one of the best air purifying plants, this palm has become a strong contender to place indoors. They are also known to attract prosperity. While most tropical plants require bright, indirect light, this particular palm can still thrive under low light conditions. They can grow up to 12 feet even.
Benefits: Filters air. They absorb toxins, specifically formaldehyde, benzene, chloroform, and carbon monoxide from the air.
Lighting: Can thrive in both low light and brighter conditions.
Maintenance Level: Low. Make sure soil is moist, not wet. Do not let plant sit in water for roots might rot. Only water when soil looks dry versus watering it every day.
Rubber Tree (Ficus elastic)
This instagram worthy indoor plant is part of the Moraceae family. These elegant beauties with their dark glossy oval-shaped leaves can grow up to 50 feet. While it gained popularity during the last couple of years, it is not for everyone. Pet owners should also skip buying this because it is considered toxic for our furry friends.
Benefits: Purifies air. It’s quite beneficial for asthmatic people because it lessens the chances of respiratory allergies. It prevents pollutants and other unwelcomed particles from converting into dust.
Lighting: Bright, indirect light. Can place near window with sheer curtains.
Maintenance Level: Low. Find the right balance of water. Try watering once a week. Don’t overwater. Leaves will turn yellow and fall off. Leaves can also be wiped with a damp cloth because they can collect dust.
Variegated Money Plant (Pachira aquatica)
While they are beneficial to keep for your health as plants, many also believe this broadleaf variety to be a symbol of prosperity. The trees are considered easy to grow indoors and fairly manageable. In the wild, they can sprout up to 60 feet. Pet owners would be pleased to find out these trees are considered pet-friendly and non-toxic.
Benefits: Purifies air. They filter unwanted pollutants such as carbon monoxide, xylene and formaldehyde.
Lighting: A balance of direct and indirect sunlight. Regular rotation can help plant to receive even light distribution.
Maintenance Level: Low to Mid. Be generous with watering the plant every one to two weeks so soil can dry in-between. However, be mindful of the quantity since overwatering may lead to root rot. Pamper them as well with some misting as they flourish with extra moisture.
Snake Plant (Sanseviera)
For those who are still apprehensive about their ability to keep plants alive indoors, this can be the first plant purchase to boost their confidence. This succulent has a reputation for being the easiest indoor plant to keep alive. Heights vary from 8 inches to 12 feet tall.
Benefits: One of the unique qualities of this plant is its ability to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night. They help remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
Lighting: Indirect sunlight but they can still survive under any level of lighting.
Maintenance Level: Low. They can maintain their freshness even after weeks of neglect. Leaves can be dusted occasionally. Damaged leaves can be cut off at soil level.
Bookmark these local suppliers to visit to start beautifying your space:
ShopLeaf Plant Studio
Contact Numbers: 09175858372 / 09178474913