Ready for Cleaner Indoor Air This Fall? Check Out These 5 Must-Have Houseplants
When you’re prepping your house for winter, picking up indoor houseplants belongs on your “To Do” list – and even if you already have a handful, these five are worth checking out. Most are available in stores now, which means you have plenty of time to get them thriving before the temperatures start to drop.

Ready for Cleaner Indoor Air This Fall? Check Out These 5 Must-Have Houseplants

It’s no secret: Houseplants are good for your health. In fact, NASA has done extensive research to discover that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins within 24 hours – and other studies have shown that indoor plants can improve your concentration and productivity by up to 15 percent. 
Plants are known to reduce your stress levels and boost your mood, so whether you put them in the kitchen, your home office, your bedroom or the living room – or even better, everywhere – they’re definitely worth keeping in your home. 
Pro Tip: Plants with broad leaves help regulate humidity and can help you feel more relaxed and calm, so your desk is a great place for those.
These five must-have houseplants can clean your air and brighten your space:

  1. Madagascar jasmine
  2. African spear
  3. Goldfish plant
  4. Heartleaf philodendron
  5. Purple rubber tree plant

Here’s a closer look at each.

Must-Have Houseplant #1: Madagascar Jasmine

Madagascar jasmine’s beautiful, waxy flowers make it an excellent addition to your space. These plants thrive in the kitchen; they’re climbing vines that really do best when you prune back growth and provide frequent watering.
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Must-Have Houseplant #2: African Spear

African spear is closely related to mother-in-law’s tongue (snake plant). If you’re not graced with a green thumb, this is the plant for you – it can handle low light conditions and infrequent watering, though it does best if you give it some indirect sunlight each day.

Must-Have Houseplant #3: Goldfish Plant

The goldfish plant has small, waxy leaves, and when it blooms, it produces bright orange flowers (hence the name). This plant thrives on partial sunlight, so it does exceptionally well in a kitchen window or other spots where the sun only shines for half of the day.
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Must-Have Houseplant #4: Heartleaf Philodendron

The heartleaf philodendron is one tough cookie. It can survive with very little light, but it does need regular watering to do its best. These plants are great for bathrooms or interior end tables that don’t see a lot of (or any) direct sunlight.

Must-Have Houseplant #5: Purple Rubber Tree Plant

The purple rubber tree plant is another one that’s good for people who aren’t keen on gardening. It can be watered infrequently and doesn’t need much light to thrive. These plants can grow large enough to fill a corner, so keep that in mind if you purchase a small one (though to get it to grow to its full potential, you’ll likely need to repot it.
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