I’ve often admired all the fig leaf plants on Instagram and wondered if I could manage one … then remind myself that my toddler would destroy it in just minutes. This, lack of plant knowledge and the fact that my plants usually die has kept me from joining the many indoor plant owners of the world who have anything but succulents. But I recently found a way to bring new indoor plants into my home in a way that I can manage and that’s safe for the kids. The best part? These plants clean the air!
Finding the right plants
I’m a semi-crunchy mom. This means I do a lot of conventional things but really try to be natural and “crunchy” or green when I can be. I’m not farming my own food just yet, but if I can add some plants to my home to cut out some off-gassing from products we use then I’m all for it. In my search for greens that benefit the health of our family, I wanted to find options that provide different benefits and that someone who forgets to water plants all the time could manage. Another must for my plant search was availability. It wouldn’t make sense for me to be set on a plant that isn’t in season or available in stores or online right now.
The Find: Clean air house plants
My research brought me to three lovely plants. 1. The Snake Plant — a beautiful plant most often seen in large pots as indoor decorations because it can detox the home from off-gassing and formaldehyde. 2. The Aloe Vera plant — great for cuts, burns and scrapes but can also detox the air. 3. The English Ivy — most often found in restrooms because it rids the air of fecal matter. Each of these plants have different needs, but they all basically just need moist soil, a little bit of indirect sunlight and to not be watered too often (perfect for me). I wasn’t about to cart the kids to several stores to find the plants I wanted to pick up so I ordered them on Etsy!
Making indoor plants kid-safe
Kids shouldn’t eat any of these plants and the Aloe plant might be spiky, so I made mine kid-safe by ordering small 4-inch versions and hanging them on the wall out of reach. Now my plants are functional, kid-safe, and look great. By keeping the plants off the ground, I have one less spill or breakage to worry about and it keeps the plants manageable since they’re smaller. As the kids get older I just might get my potted fig leaf plant, but for now, I’m enjoying the benefits of my mini indoor plants.
What’s your favorite indoor plant?