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Improve your Enviornment with these 4 Durable Houseplants

I’ve always enjoyed taking care of plants and the greenery that they provide. In addition, humans and plants have a symbiotic relationship. We breathe out carbon dioxide, plants absorb it and release oxygen. Growing plants in your office and home increases your oxygen levels, therefore enhancing the quality of life.

Here are some plants that are durable and fairly easy to care for:

Jade

I always suggest jade because they are fairly resistant and have a long life-span. They have the nickname of “money plant” and are seen by some as a sign of good luck and prosperity. Remeber these things when caring for your jade plant:

  • 4 or more hours of sunlight/day — perfect for south-facing windows
  • warm, dry conditions
  • room temperature but prefer colder in the night during winter.
  • allow the soil to dry between watering (water around every 1-1.5 weeks)

Tillandsia

Also known as air-plants, these perennial flowering plants are native to the forests, mountains, and deserts of Central and South America. You’ve probably seen them on pinterest or at a craft show; they don’t require soil so many use them for art decor. These plants are also very forgiving, so you shouldn’t stress over their care schedule:

  • bright, filtered or indirect sunlight
  • temperature range of 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit
  • watering once per week but 2-3 times is optimal; I always use filtered water because they are uber sensitive to hard water — to water, mist them with a spray bottle and every 2 weeks give them a nice 2-3 hour soak in a bowl of water.
  • fertilize with organic air plant fertilizer once a month

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last two photo’s credit to http://www.homelysmart.com/10-diy-air-plant-holders-for-your-home/

Spider Plant

Spider plants are known for their air-purifying capabilities; in the early 1980s, NASA’s research proved the spider plant could remove harmful indoor air pollutants. They’ve been widely popular since and you can find them anywhere. In addition, they are easy to care for:

  • moderate, indirect sunlight
  • average room temperature and humidity (50-80 degrees F)
  • they prefer dry soil but in the spring and summer months, keep the soil moist to encourage growth.

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Aloe

Not only does aloe improve your environment, it also is a healing plant. One of my first memories of my grandma was her walking around with a piece of aloe plant bandaged to her arm — she would use aloe for burns, scratches, or any skin inflammation.

Some of my other plants:

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