The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live our daily lives, particularly when it comes to how and where we’re spending much of our time. With many of us sheltering in place as states begin re-enforcing lockdown policies — and with winter’s chill quickly settling in — it’s safe to say we’ll be spending a lot more time indoors at home. That means that keeping our indoor spaces feeling fresh is about to become more important than ever. And there’s an easy, effective way to do that: houseplants.
This one simple, easy-care addition to your living space can make the situation notably better — with lasting results that, with the right TLC, will boost your mood long after the pandemic subsides. These pots of greenery not only add color, character and cheer to your home, but they can also help to purify the air you breathe and may even reduce your stress levels. But with renewed quarantine measures in place, you might hesitate to run out to your local garden center and fill a cart with fantastic flora. Fortunately, you can purchase houseplants online for convenient delivery right to your doorstep, keeping your new gardening endeavor as touch-free and COVID-safe as possible. Ready to get started? Check out seven top options for designing your personal jungle.
How to Care For and Select the Best Plants for Your Home
One of the interesting things about plants is that they have their own personalities — or at least their own preferences. Different plants thrive in different conditions, so it’s essential to take several physical factors of your home into consideration before you start selecting varieties.
These climbing plants are delicate and elegant, with a beautiful vining character and broad, almost heart-shaped leaves. Pothos are fairly hardy — though they prefer a relatively high level and duration of sunlight, they can tolerate low-light areas.
Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Deliciosa)
If you like the look of tropical foliage and plants with a taller, less-bushy profile, Swiss cheese plants could be an ideal selection. Though the plant, which is native to Central America, doesn't feature the kind of holes you'd find in a slice of Swiss, the broad leaves are punctuated by deep wedge-shaped slices that cause the leaves to fan out.
If your green thumb is typically more on the brown and wilted side, a spider plant may be just the type you need to get some practice with plant care. It’s highly adaptable and tolerates almost anything you can throw at it, whether you forget regular waterings or it’s not situated in the brighter, more indirect sunlight it likes. In fact, spider plants are so easy to care for that, before long, you might find that your plant is reproducing with minimal effort from you, which it does by sending out grassy shoots called "spiderettes."
Bird's Nest Fern
Ferns make a statement wherever you put them, mainly because of their substantial width and long, feathery leaves, which are called fronds. Ferns are also plants that thrive in moisture, which is why they’re often seen out in the wild in the South, the Pacific Northwest and other humid climates.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria Laurentii)
This plant has solid canes of leaves that rise sturdily out of the dirt. These dramatic spikes are reminiscent of snakes ready to strike, but the snake plant certainly isn’t as volatile. In fact, it’s one of the top houseplant options when it comes to hardiness, and it can withstand almost any conditions you provide.
Heart Leaf Philodendron
With broad leaves that curve in at the top, this plant easily earns its nickname. It's not only a beautiful, solidly green vining plant, but it's also extremely easy to grow. The heart leaf philodendron is tolerant of both high and low light conditions and can hang in there through bouts of too little or too much watering. However, it does prefer bright shade and likes its soil to stay moist (not soggy) most of the time.
The striped leaves of this tropical plant add color and contrast almost anywhere in your home. The Lemon Surprise dracaena in particular boasts striking, sculptural leaves in a cheerful hue, so this is an ideal choice if you want something more colorful — but something that doesn’t flower.