By Christina Timm
To all our green thumb plant parents, we understand the struggle of leaving the garden center with yet another houseplant that we know we don’t need, but gosh darn it, we want it. And why not? Houseplants can play multiple-benefiting roles in your home. For starters, a plant can change the look of a room by bringing a piece of nature indoors and creates a warmer environment for friends and family to enjoy.
Ferns emit high contents of oxygen which makes them great plants to purify your home. The Boston fern is a common household fern with traditional foliage requiring filtered sunlight. They are an easy-care plant when a watering schedule has been established. However, there are a variety of exotic looking ferns that can be treated as a houseplant. The Adiantum capillus-veneris and the birds nest fern both have unique foliage providing different textures to your home.
Other Plant Purifiers: Palm, Money Tree, Spider plant, and Tradescantia Zebrina
Pet Friendly Plants
Another important factor to think about before selecting a houseplant is whether the plant is safe for pets and little ones. The following are a few pet-friendly and child safe houseplants that will make a great addition to your home.
The Prayer Plant is a multicolored houseplant with such unique features. The foliage of a prayer plant combines soft hues of green with striking reddish pink lines. It has been named the prayer plant because of the shape of its new leaves. As a new leaf emerges from the stem it uncurls resembling that of praying hands, hence the name Prayer Plant. They enjoy bright indirect light, moist soil, but not wet.