Indoor plants can be a great additional feature for your home. Not only do they look really beautiful, but plants purify air to give a healthy environment. There are many types of indoor plants in Pakistan that we will talk about in detail. Indoor plants are now becoming very popular in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and all major cities of Pakistan as people are turning towards eco-friendly and sustainable environments. Indoor plants are very easy to maintain and do not require much space in your house. You can grow them all year round and can place them in all sorts of environments whether that is an office, house or apartment. Without further ado, let’s have a look at some of the options you can choose from when deciding which indoor plant to get in Pakistan.
Best Indoor Plants in Pakistan
Here are a few of our top picks when it comes to decorating and purifying your home with indoor plants:
- Bamboo Palm
- Rubber Plant
- Aloe Vera
- Areca Palm
- Peace Lily
- Chinese Evergreen
- Snake Plant
It gets its name from the actual bamboo due to its similar appearance. Bamboo Palm has a nice soft touch and can manage fine in full shade but prefer part sun. These plants do not tolerate standing water so make sure you keep them consistently moist. For ideal watering, 1-3 times in a week should be sufficient. This is also one of our top picks to purify your home as it can get rid of many sorts of chemicals in the air. These are known to get rid of chemicals such as carbon monoxide, chloroform, xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and many more. Bamboo Palm can be best placed inside your bed, laundry or living room.
One of the most common indoor plant in Pakistan, rubber plants enjoy bright lighting and adequate water to grow. Its leaves are sometimes tingled purple or creamier in colour varying from plant to plant. You would need to trim it from time to time to maintain its growth. Like Bamboo Palm, Rubber plants can also help you get rid of the harmful gases around your house. These can be placed in the living room (to get rid of formaldehyde from your furniture) or your laundry to purify the air.
Aloe vera has plenty of benefits with its healing properties. It is commonly used to treat skin-related irritations. It is known to improve skin and prevent wrinkles. Further to this, aloe vera has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Just like Bamboo Palm, aloe vera plants cannot tolerate standing water so make sure you keep these consistently moist. Just like its cactus family, aloe vera needs plenty of sunlight every day for growth. Apart from its healing benefits, aloe vera will also purify your air by cleaning out byproducts of chemical-based paints and cleaners. Get to know the best vertical garden designs for your homes.
These plants have similar properties like the Bamboo Palm with regards to purifying the air. They need bright filtered sunlight and have tolerance to full sun. In spring and summers, their soil should be kept slightly moist. In winters, their soil should be slightly dried between the waterings. Being a natural cooler, some of the health benefits of areca palm include absorbing the harmful gases such as acetone, xylene, and toluene that emit from some of the paint brands and furniture. This plant is ideal to keep in your bedroom if you suffer from sinus problems at night or any other space where it might be exposed to toxins and chemicals.
Peace lily is a low maintenance plant but high on décor with its beautiful white flowers to add lure to your home. These plants are placed in bright indirect light and their soil needs to be kept consistently moist but not soggy for best care. With a life of around three to five years, peace lily will last long before you have to worry about changing the plants in your home. Peace lily will also clean up your air as it absorbs acetone vapors commonly found in nail polish removers and furniture finishes.
These indoor plants are very easy to find in Pakistan and can tolerate low light conditions. They are also a very good option if you just started out with indoor plants and are a beginner as they are very easy to take care of. This also makes them the most popular houseplant to add greenery and nature to your space. Chinese evergreen are not really fond of full sun which means you can place them pretty much anywhere in your house. This plant thrives in moist soil so make sure you water your plant thoroughly and allow it to dry out before you water it again. Chinese evergreen will also filter indoor air pollutants and toxins to keep the air in your home fresh and clean. These plants are best situated in both living and working spaces, though it is a great plant for your bathroom as it is easily adaptable.
Chrysanthemums are flowering plants that can survive well indoors. However, it is important to keep them away from direct sunlight to bloom fully. Once they bloom, they offer bright and attractive large flowers that will catch everyone’s attention including the air pollutants formaldehyde, xylene, benzene and ammonia by eliminating them. Hence, it is a great plant if you are looking to decorate your home and purify the air around you. Like many other plants, it is important to keep the soil consistently moist.
Known for its unique shape, the plant leaves grow straight up from its root forming a snake-like appearance and texture. There are around 70 species of this plant and can be found in different parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. Snake plants can tolerate some direct sunlight but prefer bright indirect light. They can grow anywhere between 6 inches to several feet. In addition to beautifying your home, snake plants also offer some health benefits. They give off oxygen at night which makes them an ideal plant to keep inside your bedroom. Further to this, they also absorb cancer causing pollutants which include CO2, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene and xylene.
How to Take Care of Indoor Plants in Pakistan
Just like all living things, indoors plants require certain dedication and care for them to strive. While we have covered in detail above about different indoor plants, these are some top tips to remember to take the best care of your indoor plants in Pakistan:
- Over-watering the plants can cause the soil to choke leading to the plant dying. They need as much air as they need water to survive so make sure the soil is kept moist consistently.
- Make sure you place the plants in the right spots at your home. Light is very important for plants. Make sure you clean your windows to allow maximum sunlight.
- In summers, when days get longer and warmer, it is important to fertilize the plants (please use organic) and increase their watering
- Maintain hygiene of the plants. Make sure you keep refreshing the soil from time to time.
- Make sure you place the right plant at the right place. Some plants enjoy sunlight while others enjoy shade. Choose the right environment for the plants and maintain them regularly.