Living Organisms Enhance The Quality Of Life
House plants interact with human bodies and minds. They add beauty and aesthetic value, calm, clean air and moisture. At Nicholas Alexander Home & Garden Centre, we carry the Best House Plants year round in Vernon, BC including the Okanagan’s largest assortment of soils, fertilizers, planting pots and more.
Indoor plants can be grown just about anywhere. They are an ideal choice for limited living spaces and they prove excellent for busy souls without the time for outdoor gardening.
▲ Orange seeds growing in clay pots make for simple house plants.
Breathing Easier with House Plants – The human body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen (called photosynthesis). Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels. While most house plants cease to produce oxygen at night, plants like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – do the opposite.
Epiphytic Bromeliads are tropical plants that grow naturally in soil or cling to trees. They absorb nutrients and moisture from the atmosphere. Grown as house plants, they are usually grown in a porous, well-draining potting mixture and they thrive in the same conditions as epiphytic orchids. Placing these plants in bedrooms will refresh the air during the night.
Natural Humidifiers & Purifiers – As part of the photosynthetic processes, plants release roughly 97% of the water they absorb in form of moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air around them. Several plants placed together in indoor spaces decrease respiratory illnesses, dry skin, sore throats and dry coughs. Every 24 hours, plants remove up to 87% of toxins from the air. Harmful substances like formaldehyde, benzene and trichlorethylene are trapped in modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings. Plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where microorganisms convert them into food for the plant.
▲ The Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the most adaptable house plant and the easiest to grow.
Spider plants make excellent hanging baskets. The long, grassy leaves are available in green or striped yellow or white. Long wiry stems appear on healthy plants with many small white flowers and miniature plantlets. Also called airplane plant, the spider plant is a perennial flowering plant native to South Africa. They feature solid coloured and variegated thin, long leaves and grow up to two feet tall.
▲ Orchids are beautiful and unique flowering plants to grow indoors.
With good light, humidity and proper temperature, anyone can keep orchid plants with a little care and patience. Perfect for a bedroom with it’s air purifying qualities, orchids are also a safe choice for homes with curious cats and dogs.
▲ Succulents are plants with fleshy, thickened leaves and often with swollen stems that store water.
A succulent is any plant with thick, fleshy water storage organs. Succulents store water in their leaves, stems, or roots and they are a home gardeners popular choice for two simple reasons: They look beautiful and they are nearly indestructible.
Some Of The Most Popular House Plants:
Fiddle Leaf Fig – Chinese Money Plant – Spider Plant – Peace Lily – Air Plant – Aloe Vera – Jade Plant – African Violet – Snake Plant – Bromeliad – Lucky Bamboo – Ivy – Dumb Cane Plant – Basil – Umbrella Plant – Croton – Philodendron – Dracaena Corn Plant – Anthurium – Orchids – Bird of Paradise – Dragon Tree – Parlor Palm