A touch of green to banish the winter blues

I live in a frozen tundra for 6 – 8 months of the year. We are stuck inside and the house is shut up. Needless to say I miss the great outdoors during those cold winter months.

Maybe that’s why I fill my home with plants at last count I was up to 8! During those long months I love being surrounded by green inside when there is a blanket of white outside.

Besides the obvious appeal indoor plants play another role. They actually help to clean the air. I made a list of my fav indoor plants that work double duty in your home. They clean the most common VOC’s in homes formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

Here is my list of the best indoor plants that will keep your home feeling green all winter long and clean the air:

Peace Lily

Photo by itsprettynice

This hardy plant is perfect for those homeowners that don’t have a green thumb. Case in point: they love a little shade and only need to be watered once a week. It doesn't get much more low maintenance than that! 

Just a small word of warning: the leaves can be toxic to dogs. 

Boston Fern

My personal favourite! I have three in my home and two in our offices. They are impressive and low maintenance, perfect for busy families. 

They don’t like a lot of light so avoid putting them in direct light, keep the soil moist but don’t over water.  I summer mine outside and bring them indoors in the winter.

Rubber Tree

Photo by Domino

Photo by Domino

A plant that makes a statement! These beauties can grow big so be prepared, they can reach as high as 8’.

It likes medium to bright light and be sure not too overwater. Make sure the surface is quite dry before watering.

Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Photo by Lonny

Photo by Lonny

You can’t open a magazine without seeing a beautiful fiddle leaf fig in every stylish home. Their larger scale means you get a lot of bang for your buck and they are relatively low maintenance.

Make sure to wipe their big leaves clean of dust every two weeks and water if the dirt feels dry about 1” from the surface.

They prefer indirect sun light.

There you have it! What are your favourite ways to ward off the winter blues? Comment below!