Plants can sometimes be your best friends. Be it through a designer’s eye, where the beautiful green shades will help you lighten and liven up a space; a plant-enthusiast’s, where you will be able to spend some precious time tending after them and giving them love; or a simple foodie’s eyes, that basil plant really does come handy having nearby, doesn’t it?
We love plants and so we want to help you with a guide to plants you should have in your kitchen, either by planting them with much love from little seeds, to adopting them and giving them a home, there is so much affection associated with them that you cannot let it pass you by. Furthermore, autumn is here, summer out-and-abouts are ending and the colder weather that brings us all together at home is just the right atmosphere to invest in your home’s greenery.
Very important fact is also plant’s ability to soothe the eyes and increase creativity – in case you needed some extra reasoning. So grab a pan and start your plant-shopping list:
Inglysh Ivy (Hedera Helix)
One of the easiest plants to grow indoor, English Ivy is perfect for hanging over the sink or by a window. Its pointy leaves with a variety of shades of green with accents of whites, yellow and blacks add colour to your kitchen space. This plant can help purify the air, being one of the top reducers of indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, mold, and bacteria. Just be sure to keep it out of reach of cats and dogs and other four-legged friends, because English ivy is toxic to them.
Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Mille)
Known also as the “plant of immortality,” you are really not meant to take care of plants if you manage to kill an aloe vera. This beautiful and peculiar looking plant, filled with vitamins and minerals good for your skin, is practically a home pharmacy. What makes it perfect to have in the kitchen is its abilities to heal burns. Just cut off a lower leaf near the stalk, remove the spines along the edge, split it length wise and rub the jelly interior on the burn.
White Jasmine (Jasminum Polyanthum)
Flowering plants are usually a challenge to keep alive indoors, but the white jasmine (sometimes called pink jasmine, depending on the coloring) does well inside, especially in the winter months. You have to make sure to give some extra care in comparison to the other green plants, but the scent it will give to your kitchen will make all the efforts worth it. The delicate, but not overpowering fragrance will keep your kitchen always smelling fresh and clean, so even when you are not baking something delicious, your kitchen will always be the sweetest room. To ensure your jasmine thrives, keep it in a partially lit area of your kitchen and keep its soil moist.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
Another easy to care for plant is the spider one; capable of thriving under a variety of conditions and truly not requiring much care at all. It can be kept anywhere in the kitchen and all it needs is occasional watering and infrequent pruning. Just a little effort to keep it healthy, but very worth as this plant is a great natural air purifier, helps remove odor, fumes, and pollutants from the environment.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil is our favorite plant to have in the kitchen. A nice full pot, with amazing scent spreading everywhere just by the slightest breeze blowing through it. Basil loves sunlight and you should water it whenever the soil is dry. Keep you basil happy, and it will make you even happier. Just remember to not go rogue with that leaves yanking next time you plan on making your own pesto.