GREEN MA­CHINE

Style Magazine - - Interior -

Does ev­ery cor­ner of your home have a wilted brown stick in a pot as a con­stant re­minder of your flora fail­ings?

You know it doesn’t have to be that way.

Be­ing sur­rounded by lush green plants not only im­proves your home’s dé­cor, but also gives you won­der­ful health ben­e­fits as you re­con­nect with na­ture.

And even if you don’t have that field de­gree in hor­ti­cul­tural stud­ies, there are plenty of hardy in­door plants out there that can spruce up your liv­ing space, with­out re­quir­ing ma­jor up­keep. Here are a few you might like to try:

1. With its dis­tinc­tive lime-green and white leaves, Dumb cane (Di­ef­fen­bachia) is a great ad­di­tion to your home.

It prefers a well-lit room (but not di­rect sun­light).

Mist the leaves from time to time and wa­ter when dry. 2. A pop­u­lar in­door plant, Bromeli­ads

(Vriesea spp.) are renowned for their strik­ing colour and long-last­ing flow­ers.

They re­quire a lit­tle more wa­ter­ing, but thrive in bright to low light. 3. Mother-in-law's tongue (San­sev­e­ria tri­fas­ci­ata 'Lau­ren­tii') can re­ally make an im­pres­sion when used in long box planters.

A rugged plant with rigid leaves, it loves the light, but try to shield from di­rect sun.

4. An­other strong grower, Philo­den­dron (Philo­den­dron bip­in­nat­i­fidum) likes a well-lit spot in­doors.

To main­tain the plant’s health, be sure to re­move dead growth and keep the leaves free of dust build-up. Happy plant­ing!

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