Indoor Plants Can Help You Avoid Getting Sick

Posted on March 7th, 2019

It turns out that plants aren’t just pretty to look at and a great finishing touch to South End apartments. They can also keep you healthier! A variety of houseplants make viruses less infective thanks to increasing humidity levels inside your home. Scientists have seen evidence that when humidity rises above 40 percent, things like the flu virus and other airborne viruses become less virulent and have less infectivity. Sure, you could get a humidifier, but why not add some plants that look prettier and probably cost less.

All plants, except succulents and cacti, raise humidity levels through transpiration. This happens when direct sunlight strikes the leaves and pulls water into the air. The plants then draw moisture from the soil to replace the lost water. So make sure you’re watering your plants properly! Plus, the bigger the plants, the greater the amount of humidity, so you could go with a lot of smaller plants or choose a few bigger statement plants, depending on your preferences and how green your thumb is. Fortunately, there are plenty of plants that are great at protecting you from viruses while also not requiring obsessive care.

Ferns are a great choice, because they come in a variety of styles. You can hang them and let them flow or sit them on a side table or on the edge of a console to let them drape elegantly. Maiden hair fern is a lovely bushy version. Birds nest fern looks a little alien, but fills an area nicely. Perhaps, living in Boston, the Boston fern is the obvious choice and a great one for hanging.

If you’re looking for bigger statement houseplants, the bird of paradise is elegant and exotic with its large, dark green glossy leaves. The philodendron is a bit more full-bodied and great for filling in corners of rooms. The areca palm definitely gives off a tropical vibe and the rubber tree plant has gloriously shiny, dark leaves that can look almost black. Finally, the ficus lyrata has an elegant, slender yet sturdy trunk that explodes into a ball of large, light green leaves.

Fun tabletop houseplant options include the snake plant with its upright growing leaves with striations of light and dark green. Keeping with the snake theme, the rattlesnake calathea has lovely spotted leaves that are light and dark green on top and a purple hue on the underside of the leaves. Finally, there’s the fantastically named ZZ plant, with multiple stalks and evenly spaced leaves.

Whatever you choose, do keep in mind the plant’s light and watering needs, particularly the watering schedule as you need to replenish the moisture the plant is losing to help keep you healthy! Soon, your South End apartments will be a little bit prettier and a little bit healthier with the addition of some lovely greenery.