Best Indoor Plants for new Plant Parents

Keywords: Indoor plants, Indoor plant ideas, indoor plants for bedroom, house plants, air-purifying plants, low light plants, best house plants.

INTRODUCTION

It’s never too late to welcome some ‘green’ friends into your house. Especially when it’s raining outside and you miss your daily stroll in the park. But you are new to the world of plants and perhaps too worried to make it right. You have no idea what amount of hard work it will take, how much knowledge must be needed and what if you end up killing them, right? Well, this article will not only save your time but will promise you a great start in the world of houseplants.

Since you are a beginner, we have narrowed down some of the best and the easiest growing options for you. These require little effort and care to thrive.

1.     Pothos

It is too hard to come across a house with a plant collection devoid of pothos. Best seen in hanging baskets, this plant fills your indoor spaces with beautiful vines. Be it your bathroom, bedroom or living room, it will thrive anywhere you choose to keep it. Widely loved and cared for, Pothos has multiple names and types. Also known as Money Plant or Devil’s Ivy, this one is hard to kill. It will continue to love you even if you plant it in low light or forget to water it. Though it will suffer burns if kept in a place with direct sunlight. Other varieties include Marble money plant, Golden Pothos, Satin Money plant etc.

Even propagating this plant is easy. You just need a stem cutting and a rich manured soil. So once you buy it, you will never have to buy one again.

NamePothos, Devil’s Ivy
LightMedium to low light
WaterModerately wet soil (thrice a week)
TypeVine
PlaceIndoors, outdoors in the shade
POTHOS

2.    Aloe Vera

Also known for its miraculous healing properties, this plant brings in relief from burns, and the sap can be used for your face/hair masks. A member of the cactus family, this one requires self-independence. It doesn’t rely on your care. It just needs a shaded space with some amount of light and it will prosper.

The best property of this plant is its ability to take moisture from the air for its water needs. Yes! You hardly need to water it. Once a while, when you see the soil too dry, you can give a handful. But beware, too much water can kill this plant because the plant itself is made of 98.5% water.

Other than overwatering, this plant will never cease to exist. Once the plant fills the entire pot, you can transplant the small saplings into new pots. With just 1 buy, you can fill your entire garden through propagation. If you are lucky and have made your plant happy, it might give you small yellow or white flowers.

NameAloe Vera
LightMedium to low light
WaterDry Soil
TypeCactus
PlaceIndoors, outdoors in the shade
ALOE VERA

3.     Palm

For those who miss the lush green jungles and a walk on the beach, this plant is for you. All you need is a good space because these often grow huge. A small semi-lit window with indirect sunlight is the best corner for this one. While Areca Palm is the most common variety, others include fan palm, Broadleaf lady palm, Bottle palm, ponytail palm and so on. These vary in breadth and height so choose one according to your space.

Since it is best grown in the tropics, it needs a good amount of water. But worry not, even if you forgot to water it, it will bear some amount of neglect. Though, as soon as you realize your mistake, do give it a good shower.

You may not be able to propagate it from cuttings, but you can do so from the roots. Though this plant grows huge so might want to stick to one variety at a time.

NamePalm
LightMedium to low light
WaterModerately moist Soil
TypeTropical plant
PlaceIndoors, outdoors in the shade
PALM

4.     English Ivy

This one is my favourite. If you are looking for a beautiful vine inside your home, this one is the way to go. Often called a woody vine, this one will fill your space with long strings of beautiful green leaves that are hard to ignore. The star-shaped leaves might become your favourite once you own them.

It is so easy to grow this one that it is often classified as an ‘aggressive’ plant. All it needs is a semi-shaded to a shaded area, with medium light conditions. Since it has woody stems, it retains water and hence needs less pour. So water only when you see the soil too dry. Too much water might not be good for this plant.

The only drawback of this plant is its poisonous sap. You can plant your Ivy in a hanging basket away from human or animal contact.

NameEnglish Ivy
LightMedium to low light
WaterMedium dry Soil
TypeWoody vine
PlaceIndoors, outdoors in the shade
ENGLISH IVY

5.     Syngonium

You might confuse this one with the money plant. But no, the arrow-shaped leaves of this plant stand out. They often appear drooping down in elegance. The new leaves grow in a curled form that opens up with appropriate light conditions. It may seem shy at once, but as soon as it starts prospering, there is no looking back.

Syngonium comes in green and pink variations. While the green Syngonium is the common one, the one with reddish/pink leaves calls for more love. They require high humidity so try to keep the soil moist. Though, it needs moderate to less light. Again, the pink leafed Syngonium might need more light than the green one.

Another significant reason for buying this one is the feng-shui element attached to it. Syngonium brings in good luck. The shape of the leaves represents 5 elements of the earth. Thus bringing in good harmony to your space.

NameSyngonium
LightMedium to low light
WaterMoist Soil
TypeVine
PlaceIndoors, outdoors in the shade
SYNGONIUM

 

Conclusion

I hope you have made up your mind. These 5 varieties are not only the easiest to grow but act as great air purifiers. And don’t forget, the more you surround yourself with nature, the more positive you will stay.

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Best Beauty and Personal Care Brands

INTRODUCTION

Beauty products are the best way to take care of those lustrous locks and glowing skin that God has bestowed upon you. But which products to buy might cause you some trouble. Which beauty brands can you rely on, which of these would suit your criteria? These are some of the questions that make you nervous when you are browsing through beauty products online. After thorough research and gathering some feedback we have narrowed down 3 of the best ones for you. These are Kiko Milano, Mac and The Body Shop. 

Our list

One of the most frequent doubts is if these products might harm me. These are ‘cosmetics’ per se and have their share of side-effects, right? Don’t worry, we got you. This list has been made to keep in mind that these products are closer to nature, a feature that I myself swear upon!

  1. Kiko Milano

Born in Italy, this brand has spread over 15 countries since its inception in 1997. From skincare products to cosmetics, they have it all.

Kiko Milano stands true to the fashionista element of Italian culture. So much so that they pick up traces of changing culture from the streets while developing their products. So when you apply lipstick from this brand, you get a feeling of Italian la Bella.

But is it worth the talk? Oh sure, it is. Kiko Milano has no match in the cosmetic industry when it comes to affordability meeting quality. I have been purchasing lipsticks, nail paints, eyeliners and what not! Once you start using cosmetics from this brand you get hooked. Who doesn’t want to be associated with a brand based on the most cherished culture of Europe? Well, I am totally in and so will you. 

BrandKiko Milano
Based inItaly
Known forCosmetics, skincare
Key featureManufactured with European standards
  1. Mac

Well, this one smells like luxury! Mac stands for Make-up Art Cosmetics. Born in Toronto, Canada, Mac is one of the most prominent brands of Estée Lauder. It prides itself for being a trendsetter with a major focus on cosmetics. You can choose a wide range of tons of shades and would never get disappointed! Surely, being sold in 90 countries takes some effort. 

My love for Mac began around 5 years back and has been carrying on since. Apart from their good brand image, its products hold superior quality. When you wear lipstick from Mac, you often forget once you put them on! Yes, they don’t need repeated do-overs or get smudged easily. The lipsticks feel so light and natural. If a brand makes you feel confident after applying its products, you know you have got your favourite brand. 

BrandMAC
Based inToronto, Canada
Known forCosmetics
Key featureOwned by Estée Lauder
  1. The Body Shop

Compared to the above 2, this one is kind of a novice. But it has already created a stake in over 55 markets worldwide. Born in the UK, The Body Shop was a sole endeavour of a British Women looking for some entrepreneurial opportunity. But what made this brand tick, was its basis in going ‘natural’ and ‘organic’, hence being closer to nature. 

One might say that the love for everything ‘organic’ is booming nowadays and so I might be a crowd follower, but no! Having used various products ranging from body wash, body creme, shower gel, scrub and face wash, the brand is deemed worthy of praise. It doesn’t only say it’s organic, it makes you feel so. 

Since the brand relies on community trade from different parts of the world, you find unique combinations of herbs, some of them you have never even heard of. It feels like travelling the world. So, I have a body wash made from British Roses, my face wash is from Teatree oil from South America and my scrub is from Africa. This ad-mixture of organic stuff from around the world excites me. Believe it or not, this might take an edge over the ‘organic’ element of the brand. So when I take a bath from British Rose, I experience a sensation of travelling to Britain. Do I need to explain more?

BrandThe body Shop
Based inUK
Known forPersonal care products
Key featureRelies on community trade

Conclusion

In a nutshell, my favourite beauty brands are closer to nature, feel and look natural and take my confidence level to a notch higher. I abide by these 3, for most of the time, because I don’t find myself too explorative in this niche. I stick to the trustworthy brands only, because too much experimentation might not be good here.