Best Delivery House Plants for O2 and VOCs for 2020


January 28, 2020    Gifts Health 
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Feeling Good and Breathing Well Indoors

Many people today use indoor plants to make them feel alive and kicking at home. Your indoor plants not only help provide oxygen but also help purify the air by removing  VOCs - harmful chemical compounds that are present in the air we breathe. What's more, you can now have indoor plants delivered at your doorstep. All you have to do is simply put them at your favorite place in the house!

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    PROS
    CONS

  • OUR TAKE
    • Costa Farms offers many varieties in this bundle including Snake Plant, Parlor Palm, Marginata, Peperomia, Fern, Peace Lily, and Dieffenbachia. Surprise yourself or your loved ones with a git containing any four of the above!.
    PROS
    • Available in sizes ranging from .
    • Container with holes to help in drainage and air supply to the roots.
    • Comes in many varieties of which you will receive any four.
    • Can order the decor version if you intend to put it on display with an aesthetic pot.
    CONS
    • Prone to damage when shipping in hot weather.
    • You cannot choose which four varieties you will receive.

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    • This Palm variety comes in various types of pots including the basic grower's pot, a decorative pot and a Seagrass basket pot. If you are looking for an aesthetically pleasing plant with a beautiful basket, this is the one for you.
    PROS
    • Bigger indoor plant at 3 feet high.
    • Available in Grower's pot, decorative pot and natural seagrass basket.
    • Purifies air and helps in reducing stress and improving mood.
    CONS
    • Can get damaged with direct sunlight exposure.
    • Thrives in humid weather conditions so not ideal for dry climate.

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    • The Golden Pothos is one of the most popular indoor plants around, not just because it looks stunning but also because it is very easy to maintain. A perfect gift for those who don't have the time for plant maintenance.
    PROS
    • A low maintenance plant.
    • Can survive irregular watering or missed watering.
    • Available in sizes 4 inches to 10 inches
    • Variety of pots available.
    CONS
    • While it does survive irregular watering, for best results it needs to be kept moist at all times.
    • You cannot choose the exact variety you will receive.

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Why Have Indoor Plants

There are some good reasons why its a great idea to get indoor plants. The first and foremost of them is aesthetics. The Indoor plants industry is growing and nursery owners are growing plants with evermore care knowing the owners want the plants to look their best at all times. Indoor plants have entered the interior decoration realm and they aren't going away anytime soon.

The second major reason why everyone should have indoor plants is their affect on the quality of air. We all learnt in school that plants absorb the harmful CO2 and turn it into the useful O2. But it isn't just CO2 that the plant absorbs from the air. Many other VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) present in the air are also absorbed by the plants helping you reduce the air pollution in your house. On top of that, the improved air quality helps your mood by reducing your stress levels.

How to Keep Your Indoor Plants Healthy

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Potting Soil

The soil is what provides the plant with the essential nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Good potting soil is rich in nutrients, holds moisture and allows proper passage of air to the plant roots. The question then arises, how to know which soil suits the plants you have? The question isn’t easy to answer but the thing is, you don’t really need to know the answer. Since the garden soil isn’t really going to work well for your plants, the alternative is to go to a nursery to get packages soil. That is where you can get the best soil for your indoor plants and also get any questions answered.

Take Care of the Foliage

Leaves give the plants their distinct characteristics and it is usually obvious that you need to keep them clean. However, the reason for that lies not just in the aesthetics. If dust develops on the leaves, it can hinder the plant’s ability to absorb sunlight which eventually leads to their health deteriorating. The dust that settles on the leaves can also help in harboring different insects which can again lead to your plant slowly losing its ability to survive.

The best way to avoid such scenarios is to clean the foliage regularly with a moist towel. It also won’t hurt if you occasionally take the plant outside and hose it off. But be careful with delicate plants though.

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Watering Your Plants

Many people are overenthusiastic when growing indoor plants for the first time. This often leads to them watering the plant too often thinking it will grow faster, but end up ruining it. Some plants may need water every three days whereas others may only need to be watered once every ten days. Low maintenance plants can easily survive irregular watering frequency or missed watering.

Make sure you know how often your plant needs water, whether the water needs to be drained immediately, and whether the plant can survive an occasionally missed watering.

Pest Control and Soil Care

Regular watering will eventually remove the nutrients from the soil. You will therefore have to add new fertilizer to your soil or replace the soil regularly. If you start seeing unhealthy leaves or pests starting to attack your plant, it can be an indication that the soil isn’t useful enough anymore. You can also consider treating the plant with pest control measures such as Pyrethrum spray, Neem oil spray, Pepper spray or even something as simple as soapy water. No matter what you do, make sure you have a good relationship with your local nursery so that you can consult them at any time regarding what treatment to use.

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Maintaining Indoor Conditions

You need to be familiar with the kind of conditions your plant thrives in. If the plant requires a humid environment, you might consider placing them in or near the kitchen or bathrooms. Some plants do not mind occasional exposure to direct sunlight whereas others will die if suddenly exposed to sunlight for a day. As far as watering is concerned, you need to make sure you aren’t overdoing it.

In general, you should avoid placing the plants next to vents. Placing them near the windows can both be good or bad for the plant, depending on what conditions the plant requires. That is why you need to be sure about the kinds of indoor conditions your plant thrives in.

Some Useful Information About Indoor Plants

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Here's a list of plants that have been really popular among indoor plant growers. You can't go wrong selecting one from this list and your local nursery will always have most of these available at all times.

Plants that can survive dark conditions

  • Philodendron
  • Dracaeina
  • Peace Lily
  • Devil’s Ivy or Pothos

Low maintenance plants

  • Pothos
  • Philodendron
  • Sansevieria
  • ZZ plant

Common reasons your indoor plants die

There are many ways you can keep your plants healthy. It is equally important to know the common reasons why enthusiastic plant growers end up ruining their indoor plants. Here are a few of them:

  • Overwatering
  • Light levels
  • Direct exposure to sunlight
  • Too much fertilizer

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