Indoor plants not only look good and add to the ambiance of a room but they freshen up the air inside too. Plants remove harmful toxins present in surrounding air which works well for small enclosed places. Studies have shown plants to have a calming, therapeutic effect increasing productivity and improving the mood.

Here are four things to consider when you are going to shop for indoor plants:

Purpose

Ask yourself why you are getting an indoor plant? If it is just for decor then go with plants that look pretty or have big leaves. You could also get a plant to grow some herbs like mint or coriander and keep them in the kitchen. If you are getting a plant to purify the air then go for plants that do that best.

Maintenance

Some plants are easier to maintain than others. For beginners or people who don’t have a green thumb, it is better to go for plants that require minimal watering and upkeep. Some indoor plants can survive without water for long days and people can go on holidays without having to worry about leaving their plants uncared for behind.

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Space

It is important to plan and decide how big or small your indoor plant should be depending on the space available. Another thing that should be taken into consideration is the amount of light the plant requires and whether the space where you will keep your plant has enough sunlight.

Child/Pet Friendly

With babies and pets in the house, it is a no-brainer that you should not get a prickly cactus or a plant that if accidentally ingested can be toxic. Indoor plants are supposed to be calming to the eyes and should also be stress-free. Some safe plants include the Spider plant, Parlor Palm, and the Boston Fern.