Good Plants For The Indoors
Whether it's our offices, our homes or our dorm rooms, Americans spend a lot of time indoors. For those who enjoy nature, this can be a little frustrating. Fluorescent lights, hard floors and cramped confines can make us feel like we are losing touch with the outside world. However, a few potted plants can really spruce up any indoor environment. When deciding how to bring some greens to our indoor settings, though, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Indoor environments pose a few problems for plants, so it's crucial to be aware of the particular handicaps and to select plants that are liable to thrive in dim, cramped quarters.
Most plants are marked with their light - natural or otherwise - requirements. Full-sun, partial-sun, full-shade - paying attention to the light-needs of the plants you are considering will help you find one that suits your environment.
Depending on where you plan to keep the plant, you may have periods where you can't or won't have access to it. Vacations from school or long weekends could pose a problem for particularly thirsty plants - seek lower maintenance plants for these situations.
Because this is likely a shared environment, it's best to be aware of how your plant will affect others around you - and vice versa. Be aware of any potential allergy issues, and keep in mind the reliability of your office- or roommates before buying a fragile flower.
With all this in mind, there are some general categories that typically grow well in less-than-natural places. Cactus, ivy and jade plants are all hardy and relatively simple to care for. Herbs, such as mint and chives, grow well - and can add a kick to your lunch. Aloe vera doesn't need much sun and can be a nice balm for your skin in the winter.