12 houseplants to make your home healthier and boost your mood

Bring the outdoors inside this national houseplant week – and benefit your wellbeing during lockdown.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 12:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 1:17 pm
House plants have made a massive come-back and are now the ultimate home accessory, says Miller Homes.

This week is national houseplant week – with homeowners encouraged to go green indoors.

Wren Kitchens says: “With short days and colder nights, winter can be tough at the best of times, and lockdown has done nothing to help that.

“Now more than ever it’s important to look out for our mental states – and what better way to boost your mood than to bring a little bit of nature inside, to create the ultimate working-from-home haven.”

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The gel from aloe vera can help to soothe acne, burns, and dry skin; helping you both physically and mentally. To allow your aloe vera plant to thrive, place it in bright but indirect sunlight, and let it dry in between watering.

And Dobbies Garden Centres says: “With the average person in Britain spending more time at home, houseplants are a breath of fresh air for inside spaces.

“A brilliant anti-pollutant, they help to increase oxygen levels and bring a touch of the outside in, providing a natural healthy boost.”

Here are some of their best indoor houseplant recommendations to boost your mood...

Place your lavender plant in the bedroom, and the scent will help to reduce your stress levels, enabling you to sleep better. To let it grow, water it regularly and leave it in a place that gets a lot of light.
Claire Bishop, houseplant buyer at Dobbies Garden Centres, says: "This is a striking plant that flowers for a long time and is a great centrepiece in the home when planted on groups. A great addition to a room that’s been recently painted or renovated, removing xylene from the air."
Snake plants need minimal care; but can really help to improve your wellbeing as they add moisture to the air and release oxygen. They’re particularly ideal for people who suffer with allergies.
Peace lilies soak up mould spores in the air and also absorb their own water before releasing it back into their environment. If you want your peace lily to flower, place it out in the morning light, and remove it from the evening light, make sure you keep its soil damp, and lightly mist its leaves regularly. But be warned, peace lilies are poisonous to pets.
The Monstera - also known as a Swiss cheese plant - can actually boost your mood. They purify the air, making your home healthier, but are toxic to animals and children. They thrive in humid environments, away from direct sunlight – making the bathroom the best option.
Claire Bishop, houseplant buyer at Dobbies Garden Centres, says: "These make a great feature with the LED light option and also are great for propagation."
English ivy absorbs mould in the air, helping purify your home. It also has properties that help you to stop being restless, meaning you can enjoy a better night’s sleep. To keep your English ivy healthy, simply place it in sunlight, and make sure its soil stays slightly dry.
Venus fly traps are great at removing flies and spiders from your home. They prefer to be fed bottled or filtered water. If you have a garden or balcony, leave your Venus fly trap out in the light on warm days, before bringing them back in, in the evening.
Peacock plants remove chemical vapour from your air, purifying your home. They prefer to live in temperatures of 18-27C. Place in a humid room to avoid spider mites, in indirect sunlight, and keep the soil moist.
Gerbera daisies are more effective than any other plant at removing benzene from the air. Plus, as they produce oxygen during the night, they’re ideal for anyone who suffers from sleep apnoea – so place yours in the bedroom.
A cactus will purify the air and can even make you more productive – ideal if you’re working from home. Cacti are also very low maintenance – and in winter, hardly need watering at all.