6 Indoor Plants Millennials Will Love

Original reporting #TeamCLEO || Additional reporting CLEO Singapore

House plants are the easiest way to jazz up and inject life (literally) into your home. Plus, it’s a popular trend among millennials nowadays—just check out #houseplantclub and #plantshelfie on Instagram.

They’re not only pleasing to the eye and calming to the mind, indoor plants are great for your health too.

For one, plants purify the air by removing harmful substances such as benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia. This ability was studied by America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in its Clean Air Study, conducted in the late 1980s, when the agency was looking for ways to clean the air in its space stations.

Additionally, a study published last year by the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society found that because of transpiration (when plants lose water through their leaves), certain indoor plants can significantly increase the moisture in the air. This helps us alleviate dry skin, especially if the air-conditioner is always switched on. Need some tips on which plants are best for your home?

This is the ultimate millennial’s guide on which houseplant is perfect for you and your health. Whether you're looking to decorate your bathroom or to purify the air, there's always an indoor plant to satisfy your specific need. Indoor plants #FTW.

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The Orchid: best for when you’re  Stressed

Coming in a large variety of colours and markings, orchids are beautiful and pleasing to the eyes. They also rid the air of xylene, a pollutant found in many glues and paints. Orchids are also suitable to be placed in the bedroom as they give off oxygen at night. Naturally, they make an excellent housewarming gift.

How to care for it: While orchids need light and a relatively humid environment – Singapore’s humidity is excellent – they don’t tolerate excess moisture well. Make sure the roots of your plant have adequate air circulation. Orchids are also usually happiest in a relatively small pot, so it’s best to use a suitably sized pot and re-pot annually.

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