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Making Room for Interior Plants

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Everybody loves interior plants, and not just for the visual and olfactory appeal. Plants reduce toxins in the air and provide fresh oxygen. Some plants do even more by providing aromatherapeutic benefits, having medicinal properties, or eating insects. However, sometimes indoor plants might seem impractical due to space constraints, a lack of appropriate sunlight, or even cats who love to dig in dirt. The good news is that there are ways to keep and maintain indoor greenery that will thrive in any environment—even yours.

Space-Saving Plants and Methods

For example, air plants are those that grow on the outsides of trees or buildings and do not get their nutrients from soil. These are live plants that appear to subsist on nothing. Also called epiphytes or tillandsia, they can live in small glass containers that can be hung near windows (though many air plants don’t stand up to full sunlight for long periods), or anywhere in your home that consistently maintains a warm enough temperature. They are attractive, colorful interior plants that are very easy to care for—just mist them. Of course, if you like the idea of hanging plants, many more familiar types of plants can be hung in planters with soil. These might get a little heavy, so find a friend who can make you a macramé holder or purchase a sturdy one yourself.

For the ultimate interior plant display without taking up any floor, windowsill, or shelf space, vertical gardens are a great way to go. This plant system involves a hanging frame with multiple small pockets that hold soil and irrigation equipment. Plants are kept healthy even when they never have contact with the ground. With vertical gardens, you can reap the benefits of interior plants on a single wall. They can even be used for food growing, so they’re great for urban types who don’t have a yard of their own.

For More Information

Not sure where to find air plants or how to grow a vertical garden? Let the experts at Plant Interscapes advise you. Call 1-888-284-2257 for assistance and more space-maximizing ideas.