Choosing and caring for house plants is an important part of keeping your home healthy and beautiful. Read on to learn more about these essential indoor plants.

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What are the benefits of house plants?

Research suggests that plants are beneficial to our health by acting as natural air filters, producing oxygen and increasing humidity in a room. Surrounding yourself with house plants has been shown to increase productivity. They can also help to boost our mood. Simple tasks such as watering or repotting plants can reduce stress levels and bring a sense of calm.

 Not only do plants have health benefits, but they are also aesthetically pleasing and add depth and colour to a room.

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What to consider when caring for your plants?

Most house plants are of the tropical variety and will thrive in most indoor spaces, however, there are still a few factors to consider:

Light

The amount of light a plant has is very important. Plants need to be situated in full natural light through a window, however, direct sunlight on a hot summer’s day should be avoided, as this can cause discolouration and scorching of the plant. During the winter months when light levels are decreased, a spot in direct sunlight is the prime location. All plants need natural light, so make sure you have a suitable location for your plants.

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Humidity

Being from a warmer climate, house plants need to be kept warm and away from draughts during colder months. UK house plants are best kept in temperatures between 16–24°C.

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Water

The amount of water required depends on the type of plant. It can be a delicate balance between not watering enough and over watering. Many plants will come with a guide on how often to water them, but most plants will benefit from a regular misting.

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Pruning

Some plants benefit from a regular cutting back to help promote new growth. It also helps to shape the plant and reduce its size if required. Giving your plants a trim every now and then will remove decaying leaves, flowers and stems helping to keep them looking good.

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Children & pets

If you have children or pets, it’s best to research your selected plants before purchasing them. There are a few indoor plants that can be harmful if ingested or sometimes even touched. Some of the plants to avoid include:

  • Philodendron
  • Pothos
  • Arrowhead
  • Lily
  • Peace Lily
  • Ivy
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Oleander
  • Caladium

This is just a small selection of plants that can be dangerous. There are other plants that may not be on this list that should also be researched beforehand.

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