Indoor plants have suddenly become a trend, particularly when the lockdown started in the Philippines. In looking for things to keep them busy, restricted homeowners with nothing to do turned to indoor gardening to keep them sane and convert their homes into a garden.
Condo owners of the modern, tropical-themed Lancris Residences in Parañaque City have joined the bandwagon by growing indoor plants that are aesthetically pleasing and help contribute to purifying the air they breathe during the lockdown. With the spur of demand for beautiful indoor plants, prices of these greens have soared, some even priced at millions of pesos. For plantito and plantita condo dwellers, here are some indoor plants you can buy and grow in your home that help purify the air in your home, are aesthetically pleasing, and won’t drain your budget.
An aloe vera plant is a practical addition to your condo home. This succulent plant is known for its medicinal properties for treating skin injuries. The gel inside the plant's leaves contains bioactive compounds, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. You can use it to treat cuts and burns.
Adding this plant into your home is also ideal because it purifies the air of formaldehyde and benzene, which are chemicals usually found on the household cleaning products you may be using. The best part? A pot of aloe vera only costs PhP 20 to PhP 200.
Aloe vera loves the sun, so if you plan to bring one into your home, put it near your window where it can soak up natural sunlight.
Popularly known as Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, the Sansevieria is one of the most well-recommended indoor plants if you have small spaces. Its sturdy, green leaves with yellow edges grow vertically, so keeping one can save a lot of space. These plants have low sunlight and low water requirements making them easier to maintain inside your condo.
Snake plants absorb toxins such as carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene in the air. If you plan to bring this plant into your condo unit in Lancris Residences, it is best to place it inside your bedroom near the window. At night time, this plant converts carbon dioxide into oxygen. Did you know that you could survive inside an air-sealed room if you have about six to eight sansevieria inside? Now you do.
If you have pets in your condo, though, you should make sure that they won’t have access to your snake plant as this is one of the most common houseplants toxic for pets. For a price of PhP 50 to PhP 950, you can bring a healthy sansevieria to your beautiful home.
For yuppies and newlyweds who are busy with work and other leisure activities, pothos, also known as the money plant, is the best indoor plant for you. This indoor plant that is often hanged or allowed to climb indoors is known to clean the air in a room from harmful chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. It also aids in relaxing your eyes, especially if they're irritated from prolonged hours of staring at your computer screen. It also helps eliminate odors at home. You can position them in your home office, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or living room.
Pothos don’t need direct sunlight and regular watering. For only PhP 50 to PhP 400, you can bring home lush and trailing pothos in your home.
Peace Lily Plant
Do you want to grow indoor flowers at home? If so, get yourself a peace lily plant that costs only PhP 100 to PhP 390 per pot. Aside from purifying the air and absorbing acetone vapors, the peace lily plant removes mold spores from the air and prevents mildew formation. Mildew and spores can damage your home and cause eye irritation, coughing, sneezing, and throat and eye irritation. It is ideal to place this plant ini spaces prone to excess moisture, such as washrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.
Keeping these affordable yet stylish indoor plants helps you breathe healthy air inside your home. The good thing is, they thrive indoors and don't require much attention, so you can go about your daily life while they do the work of cleaning the air for you. Start your indoor garden now and experience the comfort that other indoor plant owners are experiencing.
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