If you haven't noticed, people have been going a little plant crazy lately, bringing endless amounts of indoor plants and greenery into their homes on a quest for Pinterest-worthy perfection. There's an issue, though: not all options will actually make a great addition to your space—and should probably be researched before filling up your car at the greenhouse. Whether they're bad for allergies, harmful for your pets or children, or are borderline impossible to keep alive, you might want to think twice before buying any of these popular options.
Getting a bonsai is basically an easy way of having a tree inside your home—just in mini-form. The issue is that the plant can be super-irritating to those with tree allergies. And even if allergies aren't a problem, be careful when watering or pruning it: According to Allergy&Air, pricking your skin can leave you with a rash.
You know to stay away from Poison Ivy, but English Ivy—the plant that often effortlessly climbs up buildings—is fine to brighten up your home with, right? Well, that depends. For some people, the plant can cause an allergic skin reaction, too, resulting in itchiness, a rash, or blisters, says Poison Control. And according to Rover, if your pet ingests it, it could lead to breathing problems, paralysis, or even a coma.
Ficus trees are a common indoor plant, but something not that many talk about? How often you have to clean them. Its waxy leaves collect dust like crazy and need to be wiped down on the regular, so if you don't want to add anything else to your chore list, you might want to find another option to brighten up your space instead.
With its pretty pink flowers, oleander is certainly an eye-catching plant. What can happen to you or your pets if you get too close to it definitely isn't, though. According to the Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility, the shrub is incredibly toxic and even a single leaf could be deadly to you or your pets. In fact, in the past, people have even died from using the shrub's twigs as skewers.
Having palms in your home will instantly make you feel like you took a trip to the tropics. Unfortunately, all those good vibes will be squashed the instant you realize your plant came with an unwanted supply of spider mites. The pricey plant is known for being a magnet for the pest, and they can be very hard to get rid of as they slowly eat away at the leaves.
The Euphorbia Trigona is really fun to look at: the cactus-like plant (which is actually a succulent, by the way) grows really tall green stems with plenty of branches. The only issue is that the milky sap the plant contains can seriously irritate your skin—in fact, it's so bad that it burns like fire and can even leave painful blisters and possibly result in blindness if it gets into your eyes, says Thomas Osborne, MD.
Succulents are popping up everywhere in people's homes: they're inexpensive and super cool-looking, so why not stock up? If you do decide to bring a batch home with you, just be careful. They can be infected with mealybugs, which are teeny tiny insects that spread incredibly fast to other plants and are really hard to get rid of.
One of the best ways to make your home more tropical is to invest in some greenery. You might not want to choose ferns, though: Not only are they incredibly picky and hard to keep alive due to needing a rainforest-like growing environment, but they're also a little outdated. While they used to grace every home and doctor's office 20 years ago, there might be a trendier—and easier-to-grow—variety to get your indoor greenery fix.
Cyclamen are pretty flowering plants that unfortunately come with a not-so-pleasant drawback: They're known to be infested by vine weevils. The pests are hard to control once they come about because they wreak havoc in a couple different ways: While adults eat the leaves, the larvae attack the root system underground. That's a recipe for disaster.
If you have a Caladium—an "Elephant Ear"—be careful. It's pretty, but it's also one of the most toxic plants to cats and dogs, causing swelling, burning of the mouth and tongue, and vomiting if it's ingested, says Pet Poison Helpline.
Keeping an orchid alive is a true miracle only those with the greenest of green thumbs can master. Because the tropical plant needs bright, indirect sunlight and a watering schedule that's not too much—but also not too little—it can be hard to make it happy.
Dumb Cane is a really unique house plant—just not one you probably want to have in your home, espceially if you have pets. Because it contains calcium oxalate crystals, a cat or dog that's ingested it could end up with everything from severe swelling and burning of the mouth to difficulty breathing or even death.
Jade is a beloved house plant because of how easy it is to take care of—and how big it can eventually grow—but it's not a good choice to have around your pets. Though it's pretty, it can cause gastric distress, heartbeat irregularities, and even depression, says Wag.
Unless you want to keep your house at a solid 70º Fahrenheit all year long, the Zebra plant isn't for you. Sure, it looks cool—but you really have to love it to help it survive, making sure it gets just enough sunlight and humidity.
The Potos plant—or Devil's Ivy—is one of the best plants to have in your home to purify your air. Sadly, though, it's also one of the worst to have around if you have pets. In humans, ingesting the plant can cause irritation, burning, vomiting, and diarrhea, but in cats and dogs the aftermath can be much worse, causing choking, swelling, difficulty breathing, and even renal failure or death.
Years ago, fake plants used to be everywhere. Not only do most varieties look fake with their plasticy leaves, but they also serve no purpose: they don't clean your air like real varieties and basically just collect dust. Instead of investing in the pricey faux options, go for some easy-to-manage real ones that will actually benefit your home and your health.
You've probably seen the Sago Palm around: It basically looks like a mini potted version of what's everywhere in Florida. While it adds a tropical touch to any room, every part of it is poisonous to animals and can cause everything from minor issues like diarrhea to something super-serious like liver failure or death, says the ASPCA.
If you can keep a fiddle-leaf fig alive, major props. According to Bob Vila, the plant is super-popular but oh-so-difficult. If it gets too much or too little light, it'll wither. And if you even try to save it by moving it, it will also do poorly because it hates any sort of change in environment. Yep, "hard to please" is an understatement.
The ZZ plant is by far one of the most unique plants you can add to your indoor jungle—and it's pretty durable, even in low-lighting. Of course there's a negative, though, and that's because the entire thing is poisonous and can be incredibly toxic to kids and pets, causing pain or a burning sensation if ingested or rashes simply from touching it.
Ctenanthe—a plant native to South and Central America—has beautiful designs, but it can be incredibly hard to grow. If there's too much or too little light, the leaves will lose their prettiness, getting dull or turning totally green. And if you aren't able to give it a high-humidity atmosphere, forget it: it's probably not going to last long.
The Jerusalem Cherry plant grows tiny red and orange berries, making it a pretty festive house plant. Unfortunately, kiddos are attracted to those delicious-looking berries that just so happen to be poisonous, causing everything from headaches and diarrhea to paralysis and slowed breathing. It can also cause health problems with pets too, like diarrhea, vomiting, and seizures.
The Yucca plant is one of the coolest-looking. For allergy sufferers, though, it can cause some serious problems, making you all sorts of sneezy, says Flonase. Instead, opt for plants that help get those allergens out of the air in your home like snake plants, which are very easy to care for.
Every holiday season, poinsettias show up at every grocery store and families take a couple home with them for a festive decoration. Unfortunately, despite it being pretty, it can also cause some health problems: They can give you a rash if the white milky sap gets on your skin, and if your cat and dog eats it, they could experience vomiting, diarrhea, and skin irritation.
Palms aren't the only plants that can easily get infected with spider mites. Umbrella trees are also susceptible to the tiny pests, which spin webs around the plant and kill its leaves. That's not all, though: They're also prone to aphids and scale bugs. So while they're cool to look at, bringing one into your home can come at a cost.
Another holiday, another plant. Once Easter rolls around, so does the Easter Lily—a white flower that smells just as nice as it looks. Just be careful: It's non-toxic to dogs, but it can affect your cat, potentially causing vomiting, lethargy, kidney failure, or death if it's ingested. According to the ASPCA, they're evidently the only animals that are affected.
Everyone thinks air plants are so easy to take care of, but don't be fooled: Contrary to popular belief, they don't just live off of air and actually require more attention than most house plants. The plants need bright, indirect sunlight and must be soaked then dried regularly. Then when you're not taking the time to soak them, you'll most likely still need to mist them between waterings to keep them looking fresh.
Banana tree plants instantly make any home look trendy. Get ready to work, though, if you bring one home: According to Plant Care Today, there are some important requirements you have to keep up with, including providing it with consistent warmth, moisture, and humidity—something that's especially hard during the winter months.
Triostar Stromanthe produces stunning white, green, and reddish-pink leaves. Like many other plants, though, its need for a high-humidity environment makes it hard to grow indoors. Not only does it need some shade since its leaves can get sunburnt, but it also needs to be misted regularly to thrive, say researchers from the University of Florida.
The croton plant comes with stunning green, yellow, red, orange, and pink leaves—basically, it's a rainbow. The problem is while it might look great at the greenhouse, it doesn't like being moved and can immediately lose most of its leaves when you do, says Gardening Know How. It can recover from that loss, but unless you have a set place to keep it and are up for giving it the high-humidity environment it needs, it might not be the best choice.
Spider Plants are known for being able to improve the air quality in your home. Unfortunately, they're also one of the worst options for allergy sufferers. If you notice you're having issues after bringing one into your home, give it to an allergy-free friend, stat.
Which indoor plant is not good for home? ›
Cotton plants and silky cotton plants are not a great idea to have at home. These snowy white plants look very pretty when used as a decorative element but they are not the perfect choice as per vastu. These plants are inauspicious and bring bad luck when placed indoors.Which plant is lucky for bedroom? ›
It is advisable to avoid keeping the lucky plants in bedrooms. However, some plants such as Bamboo, Peace lily, Jasmine, and Lavendar can be placed in a bedroom.What is the luckiest plant inside the house? ›
It is considered the savior of bad vibes. Lucky bamboo brings harmony in the house among the five elements of Feng Shui namely, water, fire, earth, wood, and metal. The arrangement of the plant in the house also very important as it attracts peace, fortune, health, love, and luck.
Orchids offer a wish of good luck and prosperity when given as a gift. They can also symbolize a happy marriage and career, beauty, and strength. Orchids are well-known for their difficulty to grow, but they just have different needs from other houseplants.What is the best indoor plant for health? ›
Snake plants, spider plants, rubber plants, peace lilies, ferns, and English ivy are some of the best indoor plants for boosting oxygen levels and purifying the air.Which plant can we keep in bathroom? ›
Ferns. Ferns are houseplants that love humidity and are well suited to handle bathroom temperature fluctuations. They produce leaves ranging from dark to light green, thus making your space look vibrant and rich.Is it good to keep money plant in bathroom? ›
Bathroom: Since money plants are easy to grow, they can easily grow in humid corners such as bathrooms. As per Vastu, keeping the money plant in a bathroom will do no harm. You can maintain it easily, if your bathroom gets a considerable amount of direct or indirect sunlight.What is the luckiest plant in 2022? ›
1) The Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica) For sure, number one on the 2022 list is the Pachira Aquatica, aka the Money Tree.Which plant is lucky for money? ›
One of the most famous lucky indoor plants is the money tree. Feng shui experts believe that it attracts fortune, prosperity, and wealth. It's also advised not to put the money tree in your bathroom as experts say it will drain or flush the positive energy away. Money tree grows best under bright, indirect light.What is the deadliest plant to touch? ›
- Giant hogweed. Heracleum mantegazzianum. Giant hogweed in bloom | Image Details. ...
- Poison hemlock. Conium maculatum. Poison hemlock in bloom | Image Details. ...
- Spotted water hemlock. Cicuta maculata. ...
- Cow parsnip. Heracleum maximum. ...
- Wild parsnip. Pastinaca sativa. ...
- Queen Anne's lace. Daucus carota.
What plant removes the most toxins? ›
NASA's study found that spider plants were able to remove 95% of chemicals from the air in 24 hours. Spider plants filter toxins including: carbon monoxide.
- Upgrade your money mindset. What are your money beliefs? ...
- Practise Active Patience. Rome wasn't built in a day. ...
- Good health is healthy wealth. ...
- Think positive. ...
- Say yes. ...
- Visualize. ...
- Know what you want. ...
- Forgive and Forget.
It is said when a basil plant is placed near to the entrance it acts as one of the good fortune plants for the front door as it attributes to financial success.What plant makes you the happiest? ›
- 1 Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) 'Gold Flame' ...
- 2 Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema species) ...
- 4 Variegated strawberry saxifrage (Saxifraga stolonifera 'Tricolor') ...
- 5 Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) ...
- 6 Fishbone cactus (Epiphyllum anguliger)
A study by garden expert David Domoney found that people overwhelmingly favored Lily of the Valley as a mood-boosting plant, mostly because they associated the fragrant blooms with happy memories.What plant has the most benefits? ›
- Aloe Vera. We know aloe vera as nature's answer to bad sunburns and skin irritations. ...
- Fern. ...
- Lavender. ...
- Golden Pothos. ...
- Orchid. ...
- Rosemary. ...
- Snake Plant.
Pachira aquatica – a tropical wetland tree of the mallow family Malvaceae, native to Central and South America, known by a variety of common names including Malabar chestnut, French Peanut and provision tree, and is commercially sold under the names money tree and money plant.What flowers look good in a bathroom? ›
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria) serezniyGetty Images. ...
- Tillandsia plants. Yasser ChalidGetty Images. ...
- Boston Fern. tc397Getty Images. ...
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- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) ...
- Calathea. ...
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) ...
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
According to Vastu Shastra, the lord of the north direction is Kuber, also known as the god of wealth. Therefore, money or safe locker should be kept in this direction of the house. By doing this, there will never be any shortage of money in the house.Where should money plant be kept in kitchen? ›
The plant should be kept in the south-east direction of the house or the room. As per Vastu, the southeast direction is owned by Lord Ganesha and is the direction of the planet Venus. Lord Ganesha removes obstacles and Venus brings wealth.
Where should money plant be kept in the house? ›
Money plants should always be kept in the South-East direction. Lord Ganesha is the God who abides in this direction and represents well being and prosperity (Mangal). Plantation in this direction ensures blessings.What is the 2022 houseplant of the Year? ›
For 2022, the new houseplant class will be peperomia. National Garden Bureau, the non-profit organization promoting gardening in North America on behalf of the horticulture industry and its members, has officially announced the addition of one more category to the “Year of the” program.What is the 2022 Flower of the Year? ›
In this article, we explore the tulip, the 2022 Flower of the Year. Even after the longest and darkest winters, colorful tulips begin to emerge from the ground, offering the first joyous sign of spring's warmth and happiness.What is the lucky color for the house 2022? ›
Cerulean blue, fiery red, mint green and imperial yellow are the lucky colours for 2022. These colours are derived from the four elements of Feng Shui — wood (primary element of the tiger), water (element of the year 2022), fire, earth and the Yang polarity.What flower gives luck? ›
Marigolds. Marigolds are said to have protective qualities that shoo away evil spirits. Other cultures believe marigolds represent a pot of gold and are symbolic of good fortune.Which plant brings success? ›
This plant is also known as the door of success and prosperity as it brings you positive energy.
Chrysanthemums are treasured across Asia and are known for being good luck flowers. They are also a symbol of longevity in China. Gold and yellow Chrysanthemums are particularly lucky.What plant causes instant death? ›
The flowers of this plant are small, reddish purple and tubular shaped, but it is the berries that are the most deadly part of the plant. The atropine found in belladonna disrupts the nervous system and can destroy the body's ability to regulate breathing and heart rate, leading to death.
Every portion of this plant is packed of toxins, making it the most dangerous plant on the planet. Oleandrin and neriine are two of the most potent. The poison of an oleander is so potent that it can even poison someone who eats honey created by bees that have ingested oleander nectar.
Gelsemium comes in three flowering varieties – two native to North America and one to China. All three can be deadly. The most toxic variety of gelsemium, Gelsemium elegans, only grows in Asia, and is also known as “heartbreak grass”.
What is the most painful plant? ›
excelsa. Known colloquially as the gympie gympie (from the Gubbi Gubbi/ Kabi Kabi name for the plant, gimpi gimpi), gympie stinger, and giant stinging tree (D. excelsa), this plant has the dubious honour of being arguably the most painful plant in the world.What fruit peel is poisonous? ›
Mangoes. Just like raw cashews, the skin, bark, and leaves of mangoes contain urushiol, the toxin in poison ivy.What plant cleans your skin? ›
Chamomile. Chamazulene, an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic is abundant in chamomile so it's not only a great cleanser, but it can soothe dry, irritated skin. This botanical is typically suitable for all skin types.Which plant helps in purifying blood? ›
Neem. The anti-viral and anti-fungal properties of neem are very well known. Due to its bitter and astringent taste, it works as one of the best blood purifiers. Purifying properties of neem also help in the prevention of skin problems such as acne, eczema, and other skin infections.What organ removes poisons from the body? ›
Kidneys detoxify by secreting toxins or filtering toxins out of the blood into urine. Liver detoxifies by changing the chemical nature of many toxins.Are plants harmful in the bedroom? ›
It's totally true that many houseplants do this. But the reality is that the amount of Carbon Dioxide released and Oxygen absorbed is minimal (figures will be given and explained a little later). This means that it's absolutely safe to have plants in your bedroom.What are the disadvantages of indoor plants? ›
Like any other object in the house, indoor plants can collect dust and therefore may need to be wiped down regularly. Indoor plants may also outgrow their containers, which means that you will have to take the time to repot them periodically. It may also be necessary to prune indoor plants occasionally.Is snake plant good for home? ›
Snake plants are proven to be as useful as they are visually appealing. They can grow indoors and outdoors, with little to no maintenance. What's more, snake plants can also help filter indoor air, a quality that can keep you safe and healthy.Which indoor plant is best? ›
Snake plants, spider plants, rubber plants, peace lilies, ferns, and English ivy are some of the best indoor plants for boosting oxygen levels and purifying the air.Which plant is good for bathroom? ›
Go with ferns, especially varieties like the bird's nest fern. The plants do better in lower light environments, so if you want to brighten up a dimmer bathroom with a little greenery, this should do the trick.
What do plants do at night? ›
While at night, the plants uptake oxygen and release carbon dioxide, which is called respiration. However, some plants can uptake carbon dioxide during the night as well because of their ability to perform a type of photosynthesis called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM).Is it good to sleep with plants? ›
It's a misconception that the carbon dioxide from plant respiration at night will cause suffocation in your sleep. Plants respire throughout the day and night. In fact, the plants in your room can do good for you and help you sleep better.Which indoor plants are toxic to humans? ›
The most common toxic indoor plants are dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane), philodendron (Philodendron), and aloe vera (Aloe Vera). These plants contain a chemical called calcium oxalate raphides or “raphides,” which can cause mouth, throat, nose, eyes, and skin irritation in humans.Is it good to sleep near plants? ›
That's right, plants near or next to your bed can help you get a better night's sleep. According to studies by NASA houseplants not only produce additional oxygen for your room. As anyone with sleep apnea will attest, more oxygen at night is much better for a good night's rest.What plant helps you sleep? ›
Aside from the sweet scent, valerian plants have been used for centuries to help with sleep problems including insomnia. Inhaling the scent of valerian root has been shown to induce sleep and improve the quality of sleep. Add a few petals to your bath or ensure to take a sniff before you get into bed.
North – As per Vastu Shastra, the north direction belongs to Kuber. Hence, placing the money plant in a blue bottle facing the north direction can attract wealth and prosperity.Which plant gives oxygen 24 hours? ›
An Indian household is usually incomplete without the presence of a sacred Tulsi plant. Every day, Tulsi gives out oxygen for 20 out of the 24 hours day. It absorbs toxic pollutants from the air such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide.What houseplants make you happy? ›
- 1 Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) 'Gold Flame' ...
- 2 Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema species) ...
- 3 Flamingo flower (Anthurium andraeanum) ...
- 4 Variegated strawberry saxifrage (Saxifraga stolonifera 'Tricolor') ...
- 5 Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)