Cleaner Water and Air for a Healthier 2018

Cleaner Water and Air

for a Healthier 2018

If you don’t know, you probably could have guessed it: cleaner water helps plants grow faster. It’s why we don’t water our houseplants with soda. If your houseplants are quick to turn brown, your water is probably not the reason. However, having cleaner water can help keep plants that are alive keep thriving! If you’re striving to live better in the new year, a clean water system and some houseplants to purify the air in your home are two great ways to ring in the new year! This week, we’ve collected the top 4 air purifying plants for your home. You can skip the new air purifier this year; between a new soft water system installation to purify your water and a few of these beauties to clean up your air, you’ll be on track for cleaner water and air, and a healthier lifestyle in 2018!

Cleaner Water Helps Houseplants

If you’re having trouble with your indoor plants during the winter, it could be for many reasons; but, if your plants just seem stuck, your tap water could be partially to blame. Many people who grow houseplants find that sometimes they just seem to stop growing, even before they reach their full height. Since fertilizing during the winter can actually do more harm than good during winter, try switching up the water you’re feeding your plants. As a matter of fact, there’s a kid’s science project on Education.com, a resource for teachers, intended to show children that while tap water won’t necessarily harm a plant, plants watered by tap water don’t grow as quickly as their counterparts who are watered by rainfall. This is probably because fewer particles of sediment and other contaminants are found in natural rainwater than in tap water. Therefore, tap water is second best when it comes to watering your houseplants.

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4 Best Houseplants

While all plants will purify your air because they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen for food, some are easier to keep alive than others. In case your water isn’t to blame and a brown thumb is the actual culprit for your houseplant’s demise, we’ve put together a list of 4 easy-to-grow houseplants for you to try out this winter.

Spider Plant

Spider plants are full, beautiful plants which go great in hanging pots. They will cascade down and their “spiderettes” will sprout gracefully over the sides of the pot. Spider plants grow best when their soil is kept slightly wet but not soggy as this can lead to root rot. Cat owners take note, spider plants attract cats much like catnip and they are mildly toxic to pets. If you have cats, make your spider plant a hanging plant where your pet cannot reach it. If this tips of your spider plant’s leaves begin to brown or break, don’t worry. This is often a reaction when the plant encounters water with high levels of fluoride which is common in water systems.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has multiple uses in the home and it’s virtually impossible to kill. Water very sparingly as aloe is susceptible to root rot. You’ll know it’s time to water your aloe vera when the leaves begin to feel squishy at the base instead of firm. Beware, if leaves aren’t firm and you have watered the plant, do not water it again. It will take time to return to normal. Water only 1-3 times in the winter, increasing in the summer if you put the plant outside.

Philodendron

Philodendrons come in hundreds of varieties and are virtually impossible to kill. They are also extremely easy to propagate. Cutting one of the long stems from the plant, place it directly in water until roots begin to grow. That’s it, you have another philodendron! While leaves can grow extremely large in their natural, tropical climate, philodendrons usually do not grow exceedingly large in Nebraska. They prefer slightly wet soil, but will not complain if you forget to water them now and again. They will, however, do great in bathrooms and other humid locations in the home, preferably in bright light.

a row of potted snake plants

Snake Plant

An extremely hardy houseplant, the snake plant is sometimes called the “mother-in-law’s tongue” due to the long leaves which end in a sharp point. Native to dry areas, this plant should also be watered sparingly. Be careful when watering not to pour directly onto the leaves because it will get into the base of the plant and cause root rot. If leaves begin turning yellow and breaking off or drooping, you’ll know your snake plant has too much water.

Which of these plants do you want to try in your home? Let us know in the comments!