Go Back to School with Indoor Plant Tips from Costa Farms

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Keep live plants growing and fresh air flowing with O2 for You houseplants

Sansevieria, Costa Farms Snake Plant

If you're looking for an easy-care houseplant, you can't do much better than snake plant.

It’s incredibly easy to keep houseplants happy — just pay attention to their basic needs.

As kids go back to school and temperatures cool, hold on to summer by bringing the outdoors in with a beautiful houseplant.

Featuring bold shapes and exotic foliage, houseplants bring much needed fresh air indoors and clean the air every minute of the day. Most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so adding houseplants provides health benefits, including removing harmful toxins from the air.

“It’s incredibly easy to keep houseplants happy — just pay attention to their basic needs,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert at Costa Farms. “A little food, water and sunlight go a long way with houseplants.”

Houseplants from Costa Farms’ O2 for You Collection thrive with a little care and provide numerous benefits. Some of the best houseplants for absorbing airborne toxins include peace lilies, orchids and pothos.

O2 for You houseplants absorb up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by ordinary household products such as paints, carpets and ink. Studies from the EPA have found levels of indoor air pollution can be two to five times higher — and in some cases 10 times more — polluted than outdoor air.

All indoor plants need food, water and sunlight to survive, but different plants require different amounts of each. Pick the right spot where houseplants can thrive. Healthy plants do a better job of taking care of themselves.

Houseplants 101:

Beginning gardeners and experts alike can enjoy success at indoor gardening with these four tips to keep houseplants growing and fresh air flowing:

1. Check the plant tag for information about how much light the plant needs. A houseplant lets you know the spot is right by maintaining healthy leaves. If there’s enough light for you to read by, there’s probably enough for a low-light houseplant. Avoid placing plants near heat or air conditioning ducts, on TVs, or between the curtains and a chilly window.

2. Plants need a refreshing drink of water every now and then. If the soil is dry about an inch below the surface, add water. If the plant does not seem dry, check it again in a few days. But don’t overwater: It’s the number one reason houseplants die.

3. Place containers in a tray or saucer to collect excess water and stop spills--but never allow plants to sit in water.

4. Houseplants are happiest when temperatures are between 70 and 80ºF during the day and 10-15 degrees cooler at night, but thrive in basically the same temperatures you’re comfy in.

To find out more about which houseplants are right for your home, check out CostaFarms.com for more tips and tricks. For more inspiration, visit Costa Farms’ Youtube channel for decorating and easy plant tips.

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Stacey Pierson
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