Searching for the best houseplants for your home? From little letterbox flowers to fully-grown lemon trees delivered straight to your door, there’s no arguing that there’s been somewhat of a bloom boom in recent years – and the greener, the better. House plants are in vogue, and especially in the kitchen.
Not only are kitchen plants a brilliantly inexpensive way to spruce up any space, but they also bring many other great benefits to the table! Houseplants in the kitchen can purify your air, boost mood, increase morale and productivity, and even make your favourite recipes taste a little better!
Best kitchen plants to suit your lifestyle:
The humble Spider Plant is widely known for being one of the easiest plants to maintain and a great starter for those new to the houseplant game. Spider plants also rank amongst the best houseplants for air quality as they produce oxygen and purify the air in your kitchen by battling environmental toxins such as carbon monoxide and xylene. Have a baby of the human or fur variety? No qualms! This beauty is non-toxic to both humans and animals, making a perfect non-risk plant edition to your home.
CARE TIPS AND TRICKS: Blossom bosses Interflora suggest these plants enjoy bright light but will not fare well if placed in direct sunlight for long periods of time. They also don’t like too be watered too much, an attribute which makes them perfect for forgetful owners!
Aloe Vera is not just a pretty little thing, but a practical one too. This sun-loving succulent is another air purifier, adept at clearing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene, byproducts found in many cleaners. But let’s not play coy, we all know Aloe Vera is a household name due to its incredible healing qualities. The gel inside its leaves is full of vitamins and naturally anti-bacterial making it ideal for treating minor cuts and burns including sunburn. Particularly helpful if you accidentally grab onto that hot pan without your oven gloves! To reap the rewards of this helpful houseplant you can apply it topically: simply snap off a leaf, tear it in half and rub the gel-laden inside of the leaf over the affected area for instant relief from the irritation you’re suffering.
CARE TIPS AND TRICKS: Almanac.com recommends placing your Aloe Vera in bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light in your kitchen. Water deeply, but infrequently – just like the Spider Plant, Aloe Vera isn’t very needy at all and copes very well with busy bees with a schedule that doesn’t allow for daily watering.
Across the world, and throughout history, Basil has long been regarded as one of the earth’s most treasured herbs. From its medicinal and health qualities to its delicious and distinct taste, the Basil plant is an essential houseplant for your kitchen. After all – it’s surely a win-win situation if the Basil plant on your window sill is aiding your digestion and promoting a healthy gut at the same time as making your ragu sauce sing, right?
Looking for a quick way to enjoy the health benefits of Basil? Add it to your water! We love to infuse the chilled, filtered water from our BIBO machine with Basil for a tasty morning treat. Simply add 2 chopped limes, 4 chopped strawberries, and a handful of torn basil leaves to 1.5L of chilled water and enjoy!
CARE TIPS AND TRICKS: thektchn.com has shared that Basil loves plenty of sun, dislikes cold, drafty areas, and likes a moist soil. We’ve also personally found that Basil grows particularly well when potted in a new, and slightly larger, pot than the one you originally bought it in. Harvest frequently and you’re onto a winner!
Known as the Snake Plant or ‘Mother-In-Law’s Tongue’ (let’s keep that one on the down-low), the Sansevieria is also up there as one of the best houseplants for air purification in the home, let alone the kitchen. In fact, Interflora has revealed how the experts at NASA have found this yellow-tipped plant to be highly effective at removing the harmful toxins that naturally build up in the home. Sansevieria also releases oxygen at night as well as in the daytime, helping you to breathe easier before you hit the hay.
CARE TIPS AND TRICKS: The snake plant is extremely durable. Although it prefers buckets of bright light, it’ll survive pretty well if this isn’t possible. Make sure not to overwater your Sansevieria as the roots can rot if the soil is overly moist for a long time.
Peace Lilies are well-known and admired for their shiny green leaves and white, elegantly splayed flowers. Like many of the other houseplants on this list, they too are incredible air purifiers and also feature on NASA’s list of Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants for its ability to break down toxic gases like formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. Peace Lilies, however, go one step further, removing mould spores from the air for the ultimate air quality experience!
CARE TIPS AND TRICKS: Country Living recommends bright light for the perfect bloom, although they note the Peace Lily can tolerate and survive in low light. Overall, it’s a carefree plant that is pretty difficult to kill, just as long as you keep the soil lightly moist and don’t drown it with overly frequent watering.
Want to find out more about how BIBO can help you to make your kitchen a happy and healthy space? Get in touch with our expert team to find out more about our range! We’re more than happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.