Life-Improving Houseplants Any Idiot Can Keep Alive

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In a 2008 study, researchers discovered that hospital patients with plants in their rooms reported less pain and tress than those without. Are you scared that you’ll kill anything green that crosses the threshold of your house? Are you busy at work all day? Maybe you travel a lot. Do not fear. Here is a list of the easiest-to-care-for houseplants you’ll ever find:

English Ivy

Studies have proven that English Ivy is one of the most air-purifying plants in existence. Plant this one with care – it is extremely invasive and can quickly take over any outdoor space where it’s planted. You’d be wise to keep it potted, indoors. It does best in moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.

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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is very versatile and strong – it will grow as large as the pot you plant it in. Aside from looking cool, they also can be cut and used topically as an anti-inflammatory on the skin, or even thrown in a shake for some added vitamins and detoxifying power. Aloe vera should be grown in warm, sunny spots.

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Rubber Tree

Rubber trees are super-easy to grow, and don’t even need a lot of sunlight. They are also hardcore air purifiers that will clean up any odors or toxins in your living room air.

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Bamboo Palm

NASA put this plant on its list of the world’s strongest air purifying plants.  Requiring a bit more care, they thrive with more watering and indirect sunlight.

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Peace Lily

This lovely plant is almost impossible to kill and blossoms beautiful white flowers. It will grow as big as the pot you plant it in and enjoys shade and cooler temperatures.

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Snake Plant

The snake plant is another simple and easy houseplant that requires minimal water and light to thrive. They will even survive in a dark corner of the home, all the while absorbing carbon dioxide, and giving off oxygen at night – perfect for the bedroom.

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Philodendron

There are lots of kinds of philodendron, each with its own unique look. These are popular houseplants, and for good reason:  they’re downright easy to grow and absorb harmful toxins like formaldehyde (found in many home-building materials). These plants do best with moderate water and sunlight.

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