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Dress Up Your Home With These Indoor Plants That Don’t Need Sunlight

Indoor plants not only purify the surrounding air but also enhance the decor of your house. In fact, you will be amazed by the number of benefits that a houseplant can bring to your life. Research shows that keeping plants indoors can purify the air and get rid of harmful chemicals that are emitted by certain household products. Toxins like benzene, ammonia, and formaldehyde are absorbed and in turn replaced with oxygen.

Since most indoor plants are tropical plants, they thrive in low, indirect and bright lights. Normally, direct sunlight is about 32,000-100,000 lux, i.e. the unit of illuminance. 100 lux or less is considered low intensity or indirect lighting, and about 400 lux would be bright lighting. Anything above 1000 lux is considered high intensity lighting. So, plants preferring low light should be kept in places which don’t receive direct sunlight. For indirect sunlight, plants should be placed at least 3 feet away from windows streaming direct sunlight. Plants thriving in bright light can be placed next to a sunny window. It is always beneficial for plants to get some sunlight once in a while.

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Best House Plants That Make for an Inviting Ambiance

House plants have a celestial aura that transmit positive energy to every nook and cranny of the house. Green leafy foliage adds dimension to the house and gives the space a meaning of its own. They also add an air of pure sophistication and class. However, it is very important for you, as a plant lover, to comprehend the type of plant that would prove suitable for the ‘home’ environment. Coming up, is a comprehensive list of the best house plants that you could lay your hands on and soften a room with immeasurable character.

Tips to Take Care of the Lustrous and Fragrant Hoya Plant

Native to India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australasia, Hoya is a genus of more than 200 species. It belongs to the Apocynaceae family and Asclepiadaceae (milkweed) subfamily. It is also known by other names such as wax plant, wax flower, porcelain flowers, etc. This evergreen perennial usually grows as trailing vines, but it might also grow as shrubs. The woody stems, succulent leaves, and beautiful, fragrant, porcelain-like flowers make it an excellent choice for flower gardens. It can also thrive indoors if you provide it with the right environment.

Due to their trailing habit, hoya plants look really good in hanging baskets. If you have decided to keep this plant in your garden or indoors, you need to have an idea about the conditions that will encourage profuse flowering. If the right conditions are not provided, the plant might not bloom and the foliage might not remain succulent and healthy.

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How to Care for Norfolk Pine to Keep it Healthy and Evergreen

Around 13 species that are similar in appearance to Norfolk pine are found in New Caledonia. Often mistaken for Norfolk Island pine, Cook pine or Araucaria columnaris is one of the species that is endemic to New Caledonia. While Norfolk pine trees are straight and upright, the trunk of Cook pine trees is slightly bent.

Here’s How to Effectively Take Care of a Hanging Chenille Plant

The chenille plant gets its name from its droopy catkins that resemble the chenille yarn. It is also said that the name is derived from the French word chenille that means caterpillar, indicating the furry flowers. This tropical plant belongs to the genus Acalypha in the spurge family Euphorbiaceae. The chenille plant is also called red hot cat’s tail, fox tail, Philippines Medusa, etc. The plant is available as large specimens (Acalypha hispida) that grow as shrubs. Some of the smaller specimens are ideal as hanging plants or as creepers. Irrespective of their size, the requirements of different chenille varieties are almost similar.

The most common species, called Acalypha hispida, is an evergreen plant with a thick foliage. It blooms throughout the year, and the bright red catkins are long and furry. Being dioecious, male and female flowers develop on separate plants. While female flowers are long and brilliantly colored, male flowers are inconspicuous. So, plants sold by garden centers and nurseries are usually females. They are ideal as accent plants, hedges, or borders.

Acalypha hispida can be grown as hanging plants too. Apart from that, another species, called Acalypha pendula, has shorter catkins and small, serrated leaves. This trailing variety is ideal for hanging baskets and containers and is popular as dwarf chenille plant. Otherwise known as strawberry firetail, this plant can be grown as ground cover too.

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