an array of indoor plants

With cooler fall weather upon us, we start to turn indoors for our relaxation and recreation. While there are plenty of beautiful fall and winter days ahead, we do start to spend more time indoors. With that in mind, we celebrate National Indoor Plant Week and encourage you to add houseplants to your home or office environment. There are a number of health benefits of having and caring for plants, and we are in need of much of these today as we are spending more hours indoors than ever before.

Of all the houseplants to add to your home, Al's consistently recommend the following plants for their ability to create cleaner air, decrease stress, reduce noise, create oxygen, remove carbon dioxide, and connect you with nature.  For optimal air filtering, NASA recommends placing at least one plant per 100 square feet of your home or office space. So for all us #plantparents out there, that sounds like full permission to add at least 20-40 plants, depending on the size of your home.

bloom of a peace lily

Peace Lily

When it comes to indoor plants, peace lilies are some of the easiest to care for.  These lovely plants not only brighten up a living space with their dark green leaves and white flowers that is specialized leaf bract that grows hooded over the flowers.  Like many popular indoor plants, peace lilies enjoy medium to low light.  Peace lilies are one of the best air-cleaning plants available. 

bushy kimberly queen fern

'Kimberly Queen' Boston Fern

The 'Kimberly Queen' Boston fern is admired for its desirable traits as a houseplant.  Kimberly Queen ferns have long, graceful fronds, as well as a higher tolerance for light than other species, and are more tolerant to dry conditions.  An added bonus is that Kimberly Queen ferns can be displayed in any number of ways, including on pedestals or in hanging baskets.

long leaves of a spider plant

Spider Plant

What's old is new again!  The spider plant is among the most popular and easiest to grow of all hanging houseplants, and probably takes you right back to the 60's!  A mature plant has arching leaves and small white flowers, that look great in macrame hanger.  

chinese evergreen plant

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreen is one of the best plants for beginners, because it tolerates just about every indoor condition.  Most varieties have rich green leaves attractively variegated with silver.  It's a slow growing plant, and won't take over the space allotted.

pink bracts of an anthurium plant

Anthurium Lily

Anthuriums are durable and fairly easy to grow indoors.  They have large, deep green, lance or heart shaped leaves and produce long lasting, brightly colored heart shaped bracts.

Dracaena

Dracaena

Dracaena is a slow growing houseplant, usually multi stemmed at the base.  Mature Dracaena grows well as a houseplant in nearly any location.  It only requires minimal care to produce the deep green foliage and lush growth.  Dracaena enjoy medium light but can tolerate low light conditions.  

two tone leaves of a snake plant

Variegated Snake Plant

If you're looking for an easy-care houseplant, you can't do much better than a snake plant.  Most snake plant varieities have stiff, upright, sword-like leaves that may be banded or edged in grey, silver or gold.  Snake plant's architectural nature makes it a natural choice for modern or contemporary interior designs. 

Regardless of which you choose, we have Al's Experts on hand to walk you through the houseplant care tips you'll need to be successful.  To find out what houseplants others are adopting, head on over to Al's Garden & Home Instagram page to check out the #plantparent giveaway going on this week.