Indoor plants are experiencing a significant comeback and with many of us now spending more time indoors as a result of the pandemic, this trend is looking set to continue.
As well as bringing part of the outdoors into your home and bringing your space to life, there are several benefits of having plants in your home including improving air quality and promoting calm.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of modern day life, few of us have the time to take proper care of our plants, with many falling foul to incorrect levels of watering and light exposure.
For the less green-fingered among us, take a look at our favourite indoor plants that are easy to care for and will bring a new lease of life to your kitchen.
Benefits of Indoor Plants
Having plants within your home offers a number of benefits including:
- Improves air quality and reduces humidity within your home, particularly beneficial in kitchens which can get humid when cooking.
- Acts as a natural air freshener for your space.
- Many indoor plants can thrive without significant attention.
- Can boost mood and reduce mental fatigue, ideal for those that have found themselves working at home more.
- Adds life to the room and can be used as a design feature.
- Indoor plants such as herbs can be used as a cooking ingredient.
The Best Easy to Care for Indoor Plants
As well as being easy to care for, these plants are ideally suited to the kitchen.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Appropriately named due to its spiderettes that grow from the adult plant, spider plants are an extremely versatile, easy to grow and produce flowers in the warmer months.
Spider plants thrive in very little light and do well even in changing humidity and temperature, making them an ideal kitchen plant. Spider plants are also very resilient and won’t complain too much if you forget to water them on occasion.
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum)
Otherwise referred to as Devil’s Ivy, the Golden Pothos is one of the most popular house plants in the world owing to the fact that it grows in a variety of conditions with very little care required.
The Golden Pothos makes an ideal plant for a hanging basket and, whilst it does not flower, its trailing vines make for an excellent kitchen feature which can grow 6 – 10 feet once mature!
Do note that the Golden Pothos is toxic if consumed, so is not suitable for a household with pets or young children.
Aloe Vera has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries, with the gel inside its leaves being used to soothe burns and offering antibacterial properties. Because of the gel and water stored within, the plant is quite heavy and will need a sturdy pot to grow in.
At about 4 years of age, most Aloe Vera plants will bloom with colourful thick petals that often last all the way through the summer. Flowering is less likely to occur when kept indoors, but ensuring your plant gets enough light can increase the chances.
Whilst the Aloe plant doesn’t demand much water, it will need to be kept out of the way of drafts and will grow best in a bright space without constant direct sunlight.
If you have struggled to keep plants alive in your home – there’s no shame in picking up some artificial plants! Artificial greenery won’t offer all the same properties but can still brighten up your kitchen.
Growing Fresh Herbs in Your Kitchen
If you are a budding foodie, the kitchen windowsill can be the ideal place to start growing your herbs. Fresh herbs offer a better flavour in comparison to dried herbs but supermarket ranges are often limited by the season and don’t last as long once brought home.
Growing your own herbs is easy if you know how. Here are some of the best fresh herbs you can grow in your kitchen:
- Basil – With a myriad of culinary uses, basil is one of the most versatile herbs available. What’s more, it’s very easy to grow, favouring sunlight and moist soil.
- Oregano – A staple ingredient in Italian kitchens, oregano is a handy herb to have for pasta dishes and sauces. The herb will come back each year and enjoys regular watering.
- Rosemary – Rosemary will fill your kitchen with a lovely inviting aroma and has a range of culinary uses. Most rosemary plants will keep going all year round and will also thrive outdoors.
- Bay – Bay leaves are an extra special ingredient that brings curries, stews and casseroles to life. Try to separate your bay leaves from the other herbs as air circulation is important for this plant to thrive.
- Mint – Mint is a vibrant addition, to desserts, salads and teas – it will also make those homemade mojitos that little bit more authentic. Mint favours moist soil and indirect sunlight.
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