Houseplants are trendy that is certain. You've probably seen them popping up all over Instragram and Pinterest. It's hard to find a home design image that doesn't include at least one houseplant these days.
The House Plant Trend
The trend is being driven by a growth of environmentally conscious homeowners and renters that want to bring the outdoors inside. There's a big "collectibles" aspect too. Once you've got one, it's pretty hard to resist getting a companion plant. They function as a replacement to either pets or large gardens, being much easier to care for and a great way to test the waters, so to speak, of either adulthood or gardening.
Finally, they're just pretty cool to look at.
But beyond those reasons, it turns out houseplants are pretty good for you too.
House Plants Improve Air Quality
According to the American Society for Horticultural Science, ozone, the main component of air pollution, or smog is most often associated with outdoor air but it also infiltrates indoor environments like homes and offices. People in industrialized countries (like us!) spend as much of 80 percent to 90 percent of their time indoors, so eliminating ozone is a health priority.
And a very popular NASA study reinforces those findings, showing the houseplants play a big role in removing chemicals from indoor air.
Top Recommended House Plants
At our garden center, we try to keep a good selection of houseplants in stock including Fiddleleaf Fig (the ultimate cool houseplant), pilea peperomioides (the pass-it-on plant), cutleaf philodendron and more.
Below are a few more varieties we usually have available.
This classic ivy is easy to grow, doesn't require a lot of light and looks fabulous in a pot or as a hanging plant, as it trails so nicely. Plus, it's been known to reduce mold in the home, a plus for those that suffer from allergies.
This popular houseplant is more upright and can get large as it matures. Dracaena is very easy to keep alive and makes a great "starter" houseplant. This variety is know as one of the best plants for air quality improvement.
Ficus are available in tree form and bush form. They are a more woody houseplant and do require light, water and great drainage. Don't let this plant sit in a saucer of water.
Most of us know the health benefits of aloe, so why not add one to the house? This is a great little plant for busy people since it is so easy to care for. Aloe almost always ends up on the list of houseplants with health benefits.
Pothos is an ideal hanging houseplant and looks great in the home. It is supposed to be toxic to pets, so keep it out of reach or choose another variety if you have indoor pets. Pothos is know to cleanse the air of pollutants, such as benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and formaldehyde.
The snake plant is high on the list of "collectible, cool" house plants, and you'll see it if you follow #houseplantclub and other popular house plant hashtags on social media. That's due to the name and the personality. This upright spiky plant is the punk rock member of the houseplant club!
We like to recommend the spider plant to customers that travel a lot of forget to water. It can take some neglect. Watch for it's leaves to fade, that's a sign you need to give it some love (aka, water). This is also a fun addition to the home because it produces "baby" spider plants which you can replant and give to friends.
Living with Houseplants
Ready to give the houseplant trend a try? At our garden center, we've got a great selection of houseplants. Don't have a green thumb? We can help. Our experienced staff will help you choose the right plant, the perfect pot and coach you on some tips to keep your houseplant happy, healthy and adding beauty and clear air to your home.