Apart from getting a bit of fresh air on your weekend hikes, most of us don’t have the opportunity to come face-to-face with nature very often in Hong Kong. But don’t worry, even though back gardens and big balconies are luxuries that many of us don’t have, there are still a handful of indoor plants that you can easily grow and take care of in your own home. Not only will a touch of nature give you some clean, fresh air, it will also make a great piece of décor for your home.
Don’t be fooled by the lacklustre appearance of the Pothos plant. Not only can it tolerate low levels of light, it can also grow without soil, and the best things is, the plant has the ability to act as an air-purifying agent that helps to absorb toxic and polluted air. No wonder you can see them everywhere in Hong Kong.
2. Spider Plant
The spider plant is, without a doubt, one of the easiest plants to take care of. All they need is some well-drained soil, indirect sunlight, and watering roughly two or three times each week. Like the plant’s name suggests, its leaves can grow into wild, sprawling spider legs, so it’s best to hang it up or place it on a shelf.
3. Peace Lily
Peace lilies are as easy to look after as they are beautiful. With their spoon-shaped flowers that normally appear during spring time, this plant can grow up to between two and four feet. It requires very little sunlight to grow, and only a few sprays of water on its leaves and soil, once or twice a week. Peace lilies also make the perfect bedroom plant, even if you don’t have a big window.
4. Snake Plant
With the ability to survive in the toughest of environments, snake plants tend to grow upwards, with sword-shaped leaves that are edged with a yellow lining. Admittedly, these plants are rather quirky looking, but with such little maintenance required, they are perfect for green thumb newbies.
5. Rubber Plant/Fig
No, we don’t mean a fake rubber plant (although they are easy to take care of), we’re talking about the southeast Asian native house plant, the rubber plant/fig, which can be grown easily in any home. During the plant’s dormant season (winter), it may only require watering one or twice per month, but during its growing season (summer), the plant should be watered weekly in order to keep the soil moist. Best of all, rubber plants can help absorb and remove any formaldehyde in the air, a potentially harmful gas that is found in many household and pressed-wood products.