On Monday we went on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda to discuss indoor plants. Here are the points we talked about and some more that we didnt get a chance to get to.
My top trending indoor plants of 2014:
The Fiddle Leaf Fig has large leaves with a beautiful, glossy finish that can act as natural shade by a window. The Ficus Amstel King has a woven trunk that adds color and texture with not only its leaves but ornamental trunk. The Schefflerar Amaze, also known as the Umbrella Tree, was shown on the show. All three bring color and life indoors all year round. These are all easy to care for as long as you provide them with a window for sunlight and water. The leaves will tell you when they need a drink as they begin drooping. If they are brown, they need water. If they are yellow, they have received too much water.
Plants that purify the air:
I have three on my list, but for the complete list according to NASA, head to: http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/stories/best-air-filtering-houseplants-according-to-nasa. These plants will not only add life to your house, but filter the air from benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. It is recommended that you have one plant per 100 square feet of indoor space.
In my house I have Devils Ivy (also known as Pothos) cascading down from the top of a kitchen cabinet, Snake Plant (mother in laws tongue) and a Peace Lilly. All of these plants are simpe to care for as they don’t require too much light or water to survive. Great for people who travel a lot like we do!
Plants for people with a black thumb:
If you think you have a black thumb, or are ready to start having indoor plants and need an easy starter plant, look no further. The easiest plant to have indoors is a Cactus. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes. I have one that is about 8 inches tall and another that is over 8 feet tall. They only need to be watered about once a month but do require lots of sun. Succulents are another great starting plant. Peyton and I recently made a succulent terrarium that was really easy and looks beautiful. Succulents, much like cactus, come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Succulents only need to be watered once a month so be careful not to overwater. A terrarium can be created by layering rocks, charcoal, potting soil, succulents and topping with sand. The charcoal will help absorb any extra moisture in case you over water.
Plants that heal:
I grew up with two brothers and a mom who believed in holistic medicine. Whenever any of us got a scrape or burn my mom went over to our huge aloe plant, cut off a piece, and applied it to our various wounds. Aloe should be a staple in every home. It is a useful plant that is made for indoors in most climates.
In our kitchen window we have various herbs that I use for cooking and as home remedies. Mint is not only great for drinks (I like to add it to my ice cube tray to flavor drinks in the summer) but also helps calm the stomach. Many people know parsley as a garnish that you have to take off your plate before you eat, but it is full of nutrients such as A, B-12, C and K and can really help boost your immune system. By having these plants growing in the kitchen I have found I use them more often and they add much needed life to the room, especially during a long winter like we are having.
So until Spring arrives concentrate all your pent up gardening indoors!