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8 Easy-Care Indoor Plants to Brighten Up Your Home This Winter

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If you’re not lucky enough to live in a part of the country where sun and warm weather reign year-round, well, we can certainly relate. Here in New England, we’ve seen plenty of snow, ice, slush and freezing temperatures and winter has only begun! To combat the inevitable winter blues, we’re constantly on the hunt for ways to infuse a little more joy and color into our homes. What better way to add color and a bit of tropical influence than by adding a lush green indoor plant (or three) to a few rooms in your home! We’ve compiled a list of easy-to-care-for indoor house plants you’re sure to love. Read on to choose your favorites!

 

birdofparadise

Photo: Krys Melo of Melodrama

Bird of Paradise

Native to South Africa, the Bird of Paradise boasts large paddle-shaped leaves similar to those of the Banana plant. In rare occasions, this beauty has the potential to sprout a stunning red/orange flower. Even better, it’s super low-maintenance!

Care: This plant thrives in sunny spaces, so stick her in a space with lots of windows. As far as watering goes, it couldn’t be easier. Birds of Paradise only need to be watered occasionally when the soil is completely dry. When you do water it, hydrate the soil until it is saturated but not soggy. To keep the leaves glossy, spritz them with a water bottle once or twice a week. During the fall and winter months, water less frequently.

Sources:   http://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/bird-of-paradise-plant-care-tips

 

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Photo: IkebanArt

Anthurium

Also known as the Painted Tongue, the Tail Flower and the Flamingo Flower, this red blooming plant, native to the forests of Central and South America, provides serious eye candy year-round.

Care: This plant prefers a coarse, well-draining soil, an ideal mix being equal parts peat moss, perlite and pine bark. As this plant can easily burn, avoid placing it in direct sunlight. Water thoroughly once or twice a week and allow soil to dry completely between watering sessions. During the winter, discontinue watering for six weeks. Doing so allows the plant to flower plentifully in the following season. This plant can be harmful if ingested so keep out of the reach of small children and pets.

Sources:  http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/exoticflowers/anthuriums

 

 

RubberTree

Photo by Adrianna Glaviano via freundevonfreunden.com

Rubber Tree

Not only is this plant easy to care for, it has the potential to reach heights of up to eight feet! Now that is some serious greenery.

Care: The Rubber Tree thrives in medium to bright light and in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees. Water the soil until it is completely saturated and only water when the soil’s surface becomes completely dry—usually once a week. It doesn’t get easier than that! Please keep in mind that this plant can be harmful to pets if ingested.

Source: http://www.today.com/home/easiest-indoor-house-plants-won-t-die-you-t73006

 

ArecaPalm

Photo: Plantcomplete.nl

 Areca Palm

What’s more tropical than a palm tree? The Areca Palm can easily warm up (and brighten up) any room in your home and has air purifying properties to boot!

Care:  This green beauty will be happiest near a window, as it thrives in indirect sunlight. Make sure to water it often enough to keep the soil lightly moist during the spring and summer months. However, during the fall and winter, allow the soil to completely dry out between waterings.

Sources:  http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/areca-palm/growing-areca-palm-indoors.htm

 

 

snake plant

Photo: Waiting on Martha

Snake Plant

One of the most well-known air-purifying houseplants, the Snake Plant is gorgeous and super easy to care for. Seriously, it’s almost impossible to kill. Its leaves are toxic to pets, so please be mindful of where you place it in your home.

Care: The Snake Plant can survive in any level of light except bright, direct sunlight. So if you’re looking for a plant to brighten up the corner of a dark room, this is the one! Plan to water this plant with 4-6 ounces of water every 10 days except during the winter months, when you should only water it once a month. Talk about low maintenance!

Sources:  http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/snake-plant/snake-plant-care.htm

 

peacelily

Photo: GETTY/SIAN IRVINE

Peace Lily

Soft and serene, Peace Lilies boast glossy leaves and delicate white blooms perfect for any room in your home. Not only are they easy to grow and maintain, but they also purify the surrounding air.  Please be aware that its leaves can be toxic to pets if consumed in large quantities.

Care: As they thrive in low sunlit areas (the darker the better, in fact) this plant is perfect for a shady corner or your bedside table. Keep the soil moist at all times but be careful not to over water as its roots can rot easily.

Sources: http://www.purewow.com/home/Houseplants-you-cant-kill

 

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Photo: Blooms & Flora

Split-Leaf Philodendron

This striking leafy beaut native to Central America has the potential to become the focal point of any room, especially with the right planter or stand.

Care: Easy on the eyes and even easier to maintain, simply place this plant within 8 (eight?) feet of a window for ample sunlight and water once every 7-10 days. As a side note, this plant can be toxic if ingested so be mindful if you have pets or small children in your home.

Sources: http://houseplants.wikia.com/wiki/Monstera_deliciosa

 

mothorchid

Photo: The Garden Glove

Moth Orchid

Colorful and easy to care for, Moth Orchids offer gorgeous blooms in a variety of hues that can last for up to four months. With proper care, it will re-bloom a few months later!

Care: Moth Orchids thrive in low-light locations and should only be watered when the bark or moss in which it’s growing feels dry. Never let your orchid sit in water as they are prone to root rot and disease. To promote re-blooming, place your orchid near an open window at night during the fall. This mimics the climate of Southeast Asia at the beginning of the rainy season.

Sources:  http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/projects/indoor-plants-for-low-light/#page=18

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