There are plenty of ways to decorate a space after downsizing to make it warm and appealing. If you're looking for fresh new ways to decorate a room, give plants a try. Here's a list of seven easy houseplants that are almost impossible to kill!
1. Aloe plant
Not only does aloe clean the air inside your home, but the plant also has healing properties for topical burns and cuts. Squeeze the gel out of a mature leaf and apply to a topical cut or burn to take advantage of aloe’s medicinal properties.
Place this plant in a bright, sunny area in your home, such as your kitchen window, to allow this plant to thrive. Aloe’s roots can rot easily, so water every three weeks and even more sparingly during the winter months.
2. Dieffenbachia plant
Although it’s a hard plant to pronounce, dieffenbachia (die FEN bay kee ah) is easy to care for. Its beautiful foliage and wide, abundant leaves make this plant a stunning addition to any home.
Dieffenbachia thrives on evenly moist soil and medium or low-lighting conditions.
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3. English ivy plant
English Ivy is another plant with air filtering properties, with an elegant look to boot. This plant looks best in a hanging basket or pot, and you can easily grow a new plant by cutting off a section of the stem of your original English Ivy plant.
English ivy grows best in cooler room temperature conditions and moist soil. This plant isn’t picky about light and survives in shade or sun.
4. Ficus plant
The Ficus plant, which also purifies the air in your home, likes to stay put and protests changes in environmental conditions. Some ficus plants even come with a chic braided trunk, making it a fun addition to your home.
Ficus likes high humidity, warm temperatures, and bright indirect light, so it’s the perfect plant for your porch. Mist the top of the plant regularly and water when the top of the soil feels dry.
5. Peace lily plant
The Peace lily is one of the most common houseplants due to ease of growth and air filtering properties, along with its simple beauty. To care for this plant, keep the soil moist, but avoid overwatering, and use filtered, room temperature water if possible.
This plant enjoys high humidity, so mist their leaves and keep them in temperatures above 60 degrees F and away from drafty windows. The Peace lily thrives in well-lit areas, but keep out of direct afternoon sunlight. An east-facing window is ideal for the plant’s survival.
Although Peace lilies are among the most beautiful, easy-to-keep plants, they do contain calcium oxalate, which can cause stomach and respiratory irritation if ingested. For that reason, make sure to keep your Peace lily away from small children and pets.
6. Snake plant
Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (really), the Snake plant doesn’t require a lot of water. In fact, too much water will actually cause root rot, so if you have an overeager grandchild wanting to feed your plants, make sure to keep him away from this one!
The Snake plant likes bright light but can also grow well in shady corners. Make sure to place this succulent in a warm spot with temperatures above 50 degrees F.
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7. Spider plant
Another plant known for its purifying effects, the Spider plant is less scary than it sounds. This pretty plant has long, green leaves with streaks of white on them and prefers bright to moderate indirect sunlight. The plant’s leaves can burn easily, so this plant is unappreciative of direct, hot sunlight.
Spider plants prefer average room temperature and humidity.
Decorating After Downsizing
A downsized home offers you the opportunity to surround yourself with only the things you most cherish. For more ideas on how to decorate a smaller space, download our “10 Tips for Decorating after Downsizing” guide!