• Ashley Allen

Why You Should Have Small Indoor Plants

For a really long time, I was not a massive fan of having indoor plants. I thought they were too much to take care of. Also, I don't really consider myself a green thumb. I seem to have terrible luck with plants of any kind. Then, as I got older I started to experiment with different indoor plants. I have gotten many and some just didn't work out for me. Maybe it was the placement more than anything. But after some thought and some indoor plant failures, I have officially figured out what is right for me, small indoor plants with low maintenance and low light.

Who Should Have Small Indoor Plants?


Everyone should have a few indoor plants. I strongly believe this because of the benefits. But I strongly recommend indoor plants for those who see winter months. The days are shorter and the sun doesn't shine as much. Most importantly, there is no green. It almost seems like the outdoors are dormant, nothing is living. Although, things are still living during this time... it may not seem like it.


The winter blues are real people. People do experience depression-like symptoms due to less sun and it's just darker. It's called seasonal affective disorder.


This is where indoor plants come in. Bring the green and the liveliness inside.


Look for indoor plants that require low light that way if you forget to open the blinds, it's all good. Also, if you do live in an area that sees those dark winter months your plant will still be able to thrive because it doesn't require much.


Most small indoor plants only require you to water them every two weeks. And they are very forgiving if you forget for an extra week, making that 3 weeks with no water. I'm guilty of that.


Fun fact: Every two weeks, I fill 2 shot glasses up with water and walk around the house giving my indoor plants shots! Each gets two shots every two weeks.

Small Indoor Plants I Have Now


I have three different kinds of small indoor plants at my house right now. In the future, I plan to get more because I love the concept behind them and the green they add to my house.


I have two ZZ plants in the bedroom. It has thick waxy green leaves and is a great air purifier. It tolerates low light and needs to be watered every 2 weeks. I've had them for about 2 years or so and one of them is growing new stalks! This is another wonderful part about having indoor plants, you get to look for new growth. I thought this ZZ Plant was done growing but it proved me wrong. This is also an excellent plant for beginners... very easy to take care of.


I have two Snake Zeylanica plants in the living room. This is a true succulent plant which means it's pretty hardy. The leaves stand upright in a swordlike way with green reptile-like variegation. These require even less work. Again, it takes indirect light to low light. Indirect would be like if you have the blinds shut but some sun is still coming through. It requires even less light than the ZZ plant. This one only needs to be watered every 2 weeks as well. Extremely hardy so another great plant for beginners or busy humans.

The last variety that I have is two mini Snake plants in the bathroom. These are only 2.5" tall. And they work the same as the Snake Zeylanica plants. The only difference is they are MUCH smaller.



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When To Have Small Indoor Plants In Your Home


You should have indoor plants in your home all year round. It doesn't matter what season and it doesn't matter where you live. You can live in Florida where there is way more sun than there is in Ohio. But Floridians should still have some indoor plants because of their benefits.


However, if you don't want indoor plants all year round I would recommend having them starting in fall all the way through winter. You can get benefits from having indoor plants all year but these two seasons would benefit you the most. These are the seasons where the sun is less and it is just dark and gloomy outside most of the time.


Like I said before, bring the green inside!

As for me, I will always have indoor plants inside no matter the season. My jungle will continue to grow as I go.



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Where To Have Indoor Plants


Indoor plants can go anywhere in your house. But if you don't want them everywhere, there are a couple of suggestions to think about here.


First, where do you spend the most time? Office? Living room? Bedroom? I would put a couple of small indoor plants in the places you spend most of your time... high traffic areas.


I started my indoor plant collections in my top three locations. My first location was the living room. I spend a lot of my time there so the benefits of having them there are high.

The next room I put plants in was the bedroom. There's nothing more satisfying and calming than having some green in the bedroom to look at.


After the bedroom, I choose the bathroom. I start my morning routine in the bathroom, getting ready for work, so I wanted something cheery, living, and just a pop of green in there.


My journey won't stop there though. I will have more indoor plants in other rooms in the future.


The most important thing to know is there is no wrong place to put your indoor plants. See what works best for you. All you need to know is that you need to put the plant in whatever room you choose but also make sure it's going to get just a little bit of light for those low light plant lovers. So not directly in front of a window. Your plant wouldn't like that.

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Why Have Indoor Plants?


There are three reasons to have indoor plants.


The first reason is that they have the ability to purify the air. Even small indoor plants can filter the air pollutants in your home. Because let's face it, even the cleanest house has air pollutants. We all do. Indoor plants are great at filtering out formaldehyde and benzene. NASA actually recommends that people have 15-18 indoor plants on average for the best air-filtering benefits. I only have six so I'm on my way!


Another reason is that they make your house feel more alive. Indoor plants have a way of really brightening up a room. Your guest will enjoy them, too!

A third reason to have small indoor plants is for stress relief. Research shows that rubbing a plant's leaves for 2 minutes can actually reduce your stress levels. Kinda like how petting a dog can lower your blood pressure and reduce your stress levels, too.


These are three really excellent reasons to have indoor plants in your home. You can really improve your overall well-being by simply adding some small indoor plants to your home. Try it out!

Ashley

Owner of SustainaBrain

Brain Health Coach