Tips from My Hybrid Life Blogger Kati Cahill
It is about this time each year that I really start itching to garden. The days are getting longer, the sun is warming the ground, and I want to get outside and start digging. However, we all know that spring in Colorado is finicky and the rule of thumb is to wait to plant outdoors until after Mother’s Day. So, this year, I decided to go with the next best thing: houseplants!
Choosing the Right Variety
I have a young daughter and two cats, so it was important to find the right plants to keep my family safe. I also have large windows, but surprisingly, not a ton of direct light. Finally, we live in Colorado, where it is quite dry, so low water varieties were a must. These are the three big things to take into consideration when choosing your plants: safety (for children and pets), light and watering needs. Once you have decided on each of these, you are ready to shop!
My Current Favorites
Not only do houseplants meet my winter/early spring gardening craving, but they also provide an array of other benefits. Houseplants help to clean and filter the air, which is especially helpful in the cold and flu season. They even can remove chemicals and other airborne pollutants found in cleaning supplies and beauty products. Spider plants are great for cleaning the air and are easy to grow. They require indirect light and need water once the soil is dry again. They also grow quickly, and you can propagate more plants once they sprout baby spider plants!
My other current favorite is the snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue. This awesome plant requires low light and low water, making it difficult to kill, which is always a bonus! It also photosynthesizes at night, meaning that it gives off oxygen while you are sleeping, making it an excellent plant to have in bedrooms. We also have acquired a variety of succulents, which are so fun, colorful and keep my 3-year-old daughter entertained by watering them each week by spritzing with a spray bottle.
There are so many more wonderful houseplants to check out with even more benefits including adding moisture to the air, improving overall mood, as well as being used for medicinal purposes as in the case of the aloe plant. You can find houseplants at your local nursery and find out more about safety for children and pets via the ASPCA website, ASPCA.org.