"What is the hardest houseplant to kill?" A tricky question that we get asked on a daily basis. Plants are living, breathing organisms that depend on a number of conditions to survive and more importantly, thrive. Plants are dependent on soil, water, and sunlight. While some plants require strict conditions, a large majority do not. Phoenix has a very dry climate with little to no humidity most days. Not all plants will thrive in our air conditions, as some leaves need more moisture than others. A plant parent can attempt to adjust the relative humidity, but it isn't the most practical solution. All this said, here are our top picks for indoor houseplants that thrive in the dry Phoenician air:
Featured above is the ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia). The drought-tolerant ZZ plant is the perfect addition to low-light homes and offices! To the right is a Pothos 'Silver Splash' (Epipremnum aureum). This plant is a great for those looking to add a classic, leafy option to a workspace or home. Pothos are also a perfect option for those looking for low maintenance plants that provide hanging foliage. While all of the plants mentioned are great at cleaning the air around us, Pothos have been said to help relax ones eyes when feeling congested or irritated. This can help combat tiredness after a long-day of staring at a phone, computer screen, or even Phoenix rush hour! Pothos have also been said to help prevent and treat cataracts, ocular hypertension, and glaucoma.
If you're searching for a fun-looking plant, check out our Pilea peperomioides. These are also known as Chinese money plants, UFO plants, and pancake plants! Native to Yunnan Province in Southern China, Pilea's are great low-maintenance houseplants for dry air climates. Pilea's have very similar needs to succulents, and require sunlight for a few hours of the day. These make a great windowsill plant! If you're in the market for a low-light plant, the Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) requires minimal sunlight, water, and care. The Snake plant also has great antibacterial properties - as they filter formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air.
At the end of the day, there's really nothing that makes a house feel more like a home than a great houseplant. They truly are the gift that keeps giving, be it from direct benefits like cleaner air, lower toxins, and pollutant reduction to indirect benefits like better focus, fatigue and stress reduction, and increased mental health. People grow plants, and #PlantsGrowPeople!
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