Must Have Indoor Plants for Indian Homes

Indoor house plants are a beautiful addition to our homes. Plants promote peace and improve health and energy of any space. The touch of nature transforms the energy of any space while making the air fresh. These incentives are good enough to surround yourself with a little of the greens. It is also known that indoor plants help in lowering the indoor pollution and assist in keeping you healthier. Here are the plants that we think you can easily maintain in your homes as they are very versatile and thrive with basic maintenance .



1. Indoor Plant for Indian Homes: Money plant

Scientific Name: Epipremnum aureum




Commonly known as Devil's Ivy, money plant is a hardy plant that grows with minimum care as it is capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions. This is one of the most common houseplant that you may possibly seen hanging from fences or pots in balconies or verandas. The salient feature of the plant is that it has beautiful heart-shaped green leaves with small yellow/white spots which makes your home interior more vibrant.


This plant is good in absorbing harmful volatile organic compounds(VOCs), thus purifying the indoor air. According to Vaastu, the plant is believed to attract greater material abundance when placed in the south-west corner of your home. With long vines, this plant slowly takes over the space and you will have to trim them as you like.


Pot Type- This easy to keep vine can grow easily in container and water. Small pots can be put on a height to allow the vine to trail downwards or even better that they can grow very well on a net or jaali.


Requisites- Indirect sunlight is best suited for this plant, if you have planted in on soil, water it only when the soil is dry or just twice a week.


Things to look for- You will see brown or yellow leaves if the soil has less nutrients or is in poor health. Trim the plant every 2-4 months to keep the leaves green and healthy. Spraying some nitrate will help if the plant is looks dry. It is wise to keep this plant away from children due to its mild toxicity.



2. Indoor Plant for Indian Homes: Snake plant


Scientific Name: Sansevieria trifasciata



With sturdy and pointy leaves, this plant is good at absorbing 100 different toxins from air including oxides, chloroforms and alcohols. Unlike any other plant, this succulent releases oxygen at night, making it a good choice for bedrooms. This plant adapts easily and is super easy to grow and maintain.


With sturdy and long pointy leaves, snake plant is known to absorb 100 different air toxins including oxides, chloroform, and alcohols. Unlike other plants, this succulent releases oxygen at night; therefore it is an amazing indoor plant for bedrooms. This plant is highly adaptable and super easy to grow, as well as maintain.


Pot type – Select a large and sturdy pot that can hold the plant as it grows big.


Requisites –This robust plant needs moderate weather conditions and indirect light.

Over watering should be avoided ; 2 times a week should be sufficient.


Things to remember – This evergreen houseplant is slightly toxic.





3. Indoor Plant for Indian Homes: Aloe vera


Scientific Name: Aloe vera



Aloe vera has been used since ages as a herbal remedy. It is famous for its beauty benefits, this succulent is often the key constituent of many skin and hair care products. Additionally, it is much loved indoor plant too, it has clears formaldehyde and benzene out of the environment. It is an apt choice for living rooms and bedrooms as it exude positivity. Its healing properties and good looks makes it preferred choice for interiors.


Pot type – Choose a medium-sized pot with proper drainage, so that there’s no waterlogging. When the pot gets crowded with roots, replant it in a bigger pot.


Requisites – This ornamental plant grows well in indirect sunlight. Pick a well-drained pot for this succulent to flourish. It requires minimal maintenance, only water it when you feel the soil is dry.


Things to remember – Look out for the brown leaves, if you ever find them, reposition the pot to a reasonably shaded area of the house.



4. Indoor Plant for Indian Homes: Bamboo Palm


Scientific Name: Chrysalidocarpus lutescens




Known as the Butterfly Palm or the Areca Palm, the Bamboo Palm is an excellent purifying plant with a peculiar affinity for benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. It can withstand dry weather.


Bamboo Palms grow quickly and can become up to 4 meter in height, but you can control their height by trimming them regularly. This plant is completely non-toxic and safe for pets or children.


Pot type –Opt for a large pot as Bamboo Palms outgrows small pots quite fast. Replant it to a bigger pot when existing pot is full of roots. Water logging can be avoided by picking holes in the pots.


Requisites – As all indoors, this plant needs low or indirect sunlight. Water it daily; decrease the amount in winters as there is less loss in winters.


Things to remember –Bugs and spider mites often infest on leaves and stems. Make sure the stems are clean and clip the brown leaves if there's any. You could make DIY fertiliser and add it once every two months.




5. Indoor Plant for Indian Homes: Peace lily plant


Scientific Name: Spathiphyllum wallisii



The peace lily is not the lily species but is actually the flowering Araceae species. It is a beloved indoor plant across the subcontinental region as it is highly adaptable to sudden changes in the weather and can easily thrive in extreme weather.


Besides having visual appeal, the plant has amazing air purifying abilities and it efficiently eliminates all common indoor pollutants produced by electronics, cleaning products and furniture, so much so that it is one of the top-ranked indoor plants by NASA for the same reason. This decorative plant is suitable to put in bedrooms, bathrooms, or living rooms to uplift and bring life into the existing decor.


Pot type – The pot size for a fully grown peace lily would be approximately 25-27cms n diameter.

Choose a pot with self-draining holes since the plant can be easily ruined due to water logging. You can also keep it inside a larger ornamental pot to make the increasing foliage look balanced.


Requisites – This decorative plant grows best in the shaded areas. Watering it thrice a week in summer and twice in winter , or just sufficient to keep the soil moist, is recommended.


Things to remember –Remove only dead stem and leaves. Train your pet not to chomp on the flowers as the plant secretes an irritant sap. You can make compost out of the vegetable peels and add them to the soil every month.


In order to have healthy indoor plants, you do need to learn a little about each variety and how to take care of it . Soil, sunlight, water , temperature, humidity and fertilisation are some of the important factors that affects how plants thrive.


Happy Planting!!


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