Indoor plants: What to get and what to avoid

Indoor plant varieties are the perfect alternative for those who have tried other plants without success but you need to be very careful when buying them.

Not all plants are harmless, good, and peaceful. Some can hurt you. Succulents may be among the most varied, beautiful, and fascinating plants you can find.

Indoor succulent plant varieties are the perfect alternative for those who have tried other plants without success or for those who spend long periods outside their home and are lax with watering.

If that's the case with you, indoor succulents are the best alternative for you, as they are used to drought and are very low maintenance.

Succulents may be among the most varied, beautiful, and fascinating plants you can find.

In addition, the different species of indoor succulents have another advantage over other plants for the same spaces: due to their origins, they tolerate well those dry environments that occur inside our homes and offices with winter heating.

These are 3 varieties that you may like and will serve to give a new air to your home or workplace.

1- Aloe Vera

It is a very beautiful plant with incredible health benefits, although you have to know the species well to use it. Regardless of its form, the care for Aloe vera is common to all species of succulents: sun lover, an enemy of frost, needing little water throughout the year and none in winter.

2- Echeveria

Rounded and fleshy leaves, it receives the nickname of the eternal rose.

Perhaps the most varied family of indoor and outdoor succulents. Not only can it be found in shades ranging from pink to grey, passing through the characteristic green or purple, but it also presents multiple forms with a common maxim: its variegated petals.

Rounded and fleshy leaves, it receives the nickname of the eternal rose. An appellation that not only gives a hint of how incredibly strong this plant is but also refers to the fact that the arrangement of its leaves resembles the petals of a rose.

It needs light but always indirect, has little need for watering especially in the cold months. The plant cannot tolerate being below 5 degrees and it does not require more fertilizer than one dose per month in the spring and summer season.

3- Lithops

The Lithops are called living stones or stone plants, and that is precisely what they look like. An incredible natural defence against being devoured, and to deceive possible predators with its shape.

Although they need a daily dose of light of between 6 and 7 hours, it will always have to be in an indirect way, since they do not tolerate direct sun.

They also have greater watering needs than other species of indoor succulent plants, so we will have to provide them with water every 10 days maximum or when we see the surface of their leaves wrinkle.

As mentioned in the article title, you need to be careful when choosing your indoor plants. Not all plants are harmless, good, and peaceful. Some can hurt you. And don't think of a giant carnivorous plant that's headed for your finger. Did you know that there are toxic plants that can be dangerous for children or a pet?

Toxic plants. 4 indoor plants to avoid inside your home

1- Dieffenbachia

The effect of biting or eating it: a great irritation in the mucous membranes that can generate problems in speaking.

This plant has abundant calcium oxalate crystals in its tissues in the form of needles that also serve as protection against herbivores. Serious edema can occur, with a choking sensation and problems in swallowing. 

Dieffenbachia has toxic substances that were possibly used by Amazonian Indians as poison.

2- Oleander

With its ambiguous common name of "edible plant", it is undoubtedly a very popular shrub.

This plant is so toxic that in some countries its use and marketing are restricted or prohibited. Its leaves, flowers, bark, and fruits can produce severe gastrointestinal, neurological, and cardiac problems, even lethal if ingested.

It is dangerous for domestic animals. There can also be poisoning from burning branches and inhaling the smoke.

3- Philondedron

It is unusually beautiful when in bloom and, on summer nights, it fills the air with a dense fragrance. But it has a dark side: it's very toxic.

It is a hallucinogenic plant, with unpredictable effects and highly toxic if ingested or consumed in any way.

4- Euphorbia

Be careful not to touch the latex that sprouts with a cut and then, because it is very irritating. Euphorbia cotinifolia is also toxic.

If you are interested in indoor plants, check out our article on succulents!

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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