the dirt on houseplants

Updated: Sep 6

Why houseplants? That is a common question, and there are many reasons why houseplants are the new and hottest trend. However, a lot of people struggle with finding the ‘perfect’ houseplants, and they may not have the time or energy to take care of plants. Other people live or work in smaller spaces and do not have enough room for a lot of plants. The good news is that there are houseplants that do not require as much time or care and there are also plants that work great in smaller spaces, including plants that are good for hanging.

People love houseplants for many reasons including their aesthetic qualities, that they brighten up any room, help to improve air quality, improve concentration, reduce stress levels, and boosts moods, which also makes them suitable for work spaces. There are a multitude of studies that prove the benefits of plants and the importance of bringing plants indoors. There are plants that are better for hanging from a ceiling, there are plants that are best for improving air quality, and there are plants that are easiest to keep alive. There is a broad spectrum of houseplants one can choose from, so we are going to narrow it down for you.

1) Peperomia (great for small spaces, easy to care for, good for hanging)

Peperomia, which has been around for a while, is an easy to grow houseplant that is small, so it doesn't take up a lot of space, and is great for hanging. There are a variety of types that all make great indoor plants. They require medium to bright light, requires little water, and do not require pruning.

2) Snake Plant (great for improving air quality, easy to care for)

Snake Plants, also known as mother-in-law's tongue, are great plants for improving air quality indoors by removing toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde, and they are easy plants to care for. Snake plants can tolerate low light and drought-like conditions.

3) Aloe Vera (easy to care for)

Aloe Vera is part of the succulent family and has beneficial properties since the gel in the leaves can be used topically. Aloe needs bright, indirect light to thrive and does not need to be watered frequently. Aloe is very easy to take care of and can be the 'perfect' houseplant if cared for correctly.

4) Kimberly Queen Fern (great for improving air quality, great for hanging, easy to care for)

Kimberly Queen Ferns, also known as Sword Ferns, are great for air quality, likes bright, indirect light, likes moist soil, and prefers high humidity, so requires misting regularly. This plant removes formaldehyde and alcohols from the air, and makes for great hanging plants.

5) Peace Lily (great for improving air quality)

Peace Lily's are great houseplants because they are low maintenance, resilient, and adapt easily to new environments. These plants grow tall and wide, meaning they are not equipped for small spaces. They are also known for being one of the best houseplants to clean indoor air quality. They like partial shade, moist soils (the plant will indicate when it needs water by the drooping of the leaves), and thrive in room temperature conditions.

6) Tillandsia, Air Plant (great for small spaces, easy to care for)

Air plants require little attention, occasionally need to be misted or bathed if the environment is dry and thrive in bright light that is filtered. They are unlike any other houseplant since they do not need to be potted in soil and can be used to decorate small spaces of your house, apartment, or work space.

7) Pothos (easy to care for, good for hanging, great at improving air quality )

Pothos, Golden Pothos, and other varieties, are some of the easiest houseplants to take care of. They like bright indirect light, help clean indoor air of chemicals such as formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, xylene, and benzene, and they like when their soil dries out. Their leggy vines also make them great for hanging plants.

8) Wandering Jew (easy to care for, good for hanging)

Wandering Jew plants like bright, indirect sunlight, moist soil, and to be misted frequently. This plant hangs long, which makes it a good plant for hanging. The color varies depending on the species, and this plant is a super easy houseplant to grow.

9) English Ivy (easy to care for, good for hanging)

English Ivy is a common houseplant that is easy to grow, likes moist soil, bright-filtered to low light, and a consistent temperature. This plant hangs long making it a great plant to hang from the ceiling. There are many varieties of ivy that makes for great houseplants.

10) Cacti (easy to care for, great for small spaces)

There are many different types of cacti that make for great houseplants. Desert Cacti are the more popular varieties of cacti houseplants, and they all have the same care needs. Cacti grow in two shapes, either round or columnar. They like a good amount of light and weekly watering during the growing season.