Learning the Plant Basics at Pawtucket’s Jordan’s Jungle

When it comes to finding the right plant for your home, there may be many things to consider.

Looking to add a little green to your home? There are many benefits that come with adding a plant (or two!) to your space, from adding a splash of life and color to any room to even purifying the air you breathe. But when it comes to finding the right plant, there may be other things to consider, too.

“You should think about how much light is in your space, how much you are willing to water your plant(s), if are you trying to design or spruce up a room with a plant,” says Darin Wildenstein of Jordan’s Jungle. “What is your purpose of adding a plant to your home?”

For those lacking a green thumb or maybe just some extra time, the idea that specific plants need a lot of care and monitoring to stay alive can be off-putting. Resort to fake plants? No way. There are many species of greenery that thrive even without some TLC.

According Wildenstein, the easiest way to kill a plant is to care for it too much. Some plants, like pothos, snake plants and spider plants, require low light and little care. If even what little they need seems like too much work, there are still more selections available. The ZZ plant, also known as cardboard palm, can spend months ignored and in poor light and still make you look like you have that natural green thumb look.

And if you are concerned about limited space, Jordan’s Jungle also carries many small air plants that require no pot or soil and only need a quick misting a few times a week. For large spaces that need to be filled but not cluttered? Purchase a plant that makes a statement. Fiddle leaf figs, bromeliads and palms provide the size and unique features to really stand out. In a room like a bathroom where the humidity is fairly high, Wildenstein believes air plants, a fern or calatheas could do well, too.

He suggests that plant-goers should educate themselves about both their home environment and the environment in the region in which they live and how these factors could effect how different plants would grow. “If you are looking at a desert plant, you have to remember that there are different kinds of deserts,” he says. “There is mountainous deserts and then there are open dry deserts. A succulent would grow in more of a mountainous desert region for example, where it has a little bit of protection from the sun.”

Plus, some plant varieties that Wildenstein suggets to help quickly change air quality in your home, including pothos, dracaenas and ivies, are also listed on NASA’s list of best air-purifying household plants that filter out common household toxins like formaldehyde and ammonia.

So, with some sunlight, a spritz of water and a little bit of TLC, any (low-maintenance) plant can thrive in your home, even if you are lacking a green thumb.



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