Love plants and want to add a touch of nature to your home, but don’t know where to start?
Here is a quick guide for you to choose your first few house plants. These are low maintenance plants for Indian Climate.
1. Tulsi or Holy Basil is found in most of the Hindu homes where it is worshipped. It is a plant that offers multiple health benefits. The plant leaves are useful in cold and cough. Tulsi is known to improve immunity. When I was a little kid, my mom used to put a few drops of Tulsi juice in my nose, I remember how annoying it was, but I also remember that it helped easing my nasal congestion. Drinking Tulsi water can help sore throat too.
Tulsi plant doesn’t need much care except for being watered everyday ( sometimes twice a day when it is too sunny and hot) and the plant should be kept in an area that receives good sunlight.
2. Aloevera plant comes from the gorgeous succulent family and thrives in good sunlight, it needs less water like all other succlents. Care should be taken while choosing soil as it requires fast draining soil. You can use cocopeat for beat results.
Aloevera sap is used for skin toning and can be eaten too.
3. Jade- These beautiful bushy plants can brighten any dull corner of your house or make a centrepiece for your coffee/dining table. Jade plant is also known as lucky plant. It is believed to bring good luck to the home it resides in. The plant needs little water and can survive in extreme conditions.
4. Ajwain Plant (Carom or Bishops weed ) – I have at least one pot of Ajwain plant in every corner of my home. It spreads its pungent yet beautiful fragrance all across.
Some 2 years back our maalishwali (lady who used to come for postnatal massage) got an Ajwain cutting that was not even 2 inch long for me to plant, saying ” baba ke sardi mai kaam aayega, pait ke liye bhi achha hota hai”! ( grow it, it’ll be useful when your baby has a cold and this is also good for digestion)
Apprehensively I planted that tiny cutting. In few months it creeped up and covered our entire balcony, that 2 inch ajwain was making its way to many other homes in our building (I often give away the cuttings)and far away. We have moved homes and it has come along with us. It has a very special place in my little green space.
5. Money Plant- My list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of this omnipresent plant. A plant that never gives up on you, grows well even in dearth of light and water. You can just put it in water and it’ll flourish well. Keep trimming else it can eat up all your garden space as it spreads rampantly.
There are many other plants like Areca palm, spider plant, Rubber plant and few others that can be added to this list; for now you can begin with this while I write few more posts about house plants for you; till then happy planting 🙂
You can also check out my post on Home Composting.
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