While spending your days at home because of a global lockdown isn’t most people’s idea of a good time, there are loads of ways you can enjoy this extra time at home. Whether you live in a house or a flat on the third floor, gardening is a great way to beat stress, keep busy, and beautify your space. Bringing plants indoors is an easy way to feel more connected to nature and bring good vibes into any home while also improving indoor air quality.
Of course, not everyone has a green thumb so it’s best to use low-maintenance plants indoors to avoid having to pay them too much attention when life returns to normal and you are no longer stuck inside all day with nothing to do but tend to your plants. Here are five low-maintenance house plants that can tolerate moderate to low light levels and are great at detoxing the air.
1. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
This gem of a plant will help you create a real jungle vibe inside your home and helps to removes low levels of formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. The plant thrives in moderate, indirect sunlight, and high humidity and would be a great fit for any bathroom. It looks lovely in a hanging basket, in a planter, or atop a shelf.
2. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
This near-indestructible plant is a great fit for any indoor space. This sprawling plant helps to lower levels of formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air in your home and thrives in moderate, indirect sunlight, and cooler temperatures. If you’re all about making little plant babies then this is also a great houseplant for propagating!
3. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”)
Identifiable by its signature dark green leaves and white blooms, this beautiful plant thrives in moderate to low indirect sunlight. It helps to remove and lower levels benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air in your home and is a stunning addition to any countertop.
4. Snake Plant (Sansevieria rifasciata)
This super hardy plant is near-impossible to kill and is ideal for flat life. It converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night and helps to remove and lower levels of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene from the air. The plant thrives in moderate to low indirect light conditions so you’ll have no problems keeping it inside.
5. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Nicknamed “the cubicle plant” for its ability to grow in less-than-ideal environments, this little plant is great for your home office, bedroom, or any nook in your home where you can seem to get any other plant to thrive. This green wonder helps to remove low levels of benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air and thrives in moderate to low indirect sunlight.