TOP 5 HOUSEPLANTS

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ALOE VERA

This suc­cu­lent should ideally be placed near a win­dow. It has heal­ing prop­er­ties – the gel in the leaf can be ap­plied to burns, grazes and sun­burn. It’s also said to clear the air of pollutants from clean­ing prod­ucts.

RUB­BER TREE

(Fi­cus ro­busta) It makes a good house­plant as it’s easy to grow, re­quires lit­tle main­te­nance and can han­dle the lower hu­mid­ity in­doors. Place it in a spot that has a good bal­ance of light and shade.

PEACE LILY

(Spathiphyl­lum) This plant en­joys medium to low light. The more light it gets, the more likely it is to flower. One of the most com­mon rea­sons peace lilies die is over-wa­ter­ing. Once a week is gen­er­ally enough.

SNAKE PLANT

(San­se­vieria tri­fas­ci­ata ‘Lau­ren­tii’) This plant – also known as mother-in-law’s tongue – doesn’t need much light or wa­ter to sur­vive. It’s good at clean­ing the air as it can ab­sorb ex­ces­sive amounts of car­bon diox­ide.

DE­LI­CIOUS MON­STER

(Mon­stera de­li­ciosa) This pop­u­lar in­door plant prefers bright light and re­quires mod­er­ate wa­ter­ing. It’s ac­tu­ally a climber in the wild so you’ll even­tu­ally need to sup­port it in­doors with a pole or other sta­ble struc­ture.

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