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Earth Day: 5 Easy Plants to Grow

by Resto Pros on April 13, 2018

With Earth Day right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than buying some plants to grow! Plants are extremely important for protecting and strengthening the environment. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. This gives us and mother nature fresh air to breathe, but the benefits don’t stop there. Some plants offer health benefits and improve your IAQ (indoor air quality). Other plants bear vegetables, helping to save you money on produce!

Don’t have the green thumb to grow and care for plants? Don’t worry, the experts at RestoPros have found 5 easy plants to grow in your Dallas/Ft. Worth home!

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the most versatile plants to grow! They can be grown either indoors or outdoors and require little care to maintain. Aloe vera is a succulent plant, which is similar to a cactus. This means they can go long periods without water. On average, aloe vera plants require water every 2-3 weeks, making it incredibly easy to maintain.

Aloe vera is also versatile in its benefits. The gel inside the leaves is often widely used in alternative medicine. Aloe vera gel can be used to treat cuts and burns, as well as sunburn. Additionally, the gel is a natural laxative. Beyond medicinal uses, aloe vera also helps to purify nearby air, improving IAQ.

2. Snake Plant

Snake plants seem almost designed to be forgotten. They require little light, meaning they’re perfect for indoors. Snake plants also only need to be watered when the soil is completely dry. As a rule, a snake plant will live better if underwatered than overwatered, so be sure not to create any puddles or sitting water in the soil.

In terms of benefits, snake plants help to improve IAQ. They naturally filter out air contaminants such as mold spores and replace them with clean, fresh air.

3. Cactus

Although they may not be the friendliest plant, a cactus is incredibly easy to maintain. However, you’ll still want to be sure they have enough resources to thrive. A cactus in a pot requires more water than a cactus in a ground. At first, you should place them in indirect light, but later they can handle direct sunlight with no issue.

A cactus improves IAQ in its own unique way. Cacti eliminate airborne bacteria and even radiation. Additionally, cacti absorb carbon dioxide during the night, further producing more clean oxygen.

4. Rubber Plant

A rubber plant is like a snake plant in terms of wanting to be neglected. They even both have boring names! Rubber plants thrive with indirect light, and a light watering schedule. One thing to remember is to wipe off leaves if they are wet. Doing this prevents leaves from rotting or changing to a less-pleasing color.

Rubber plants improve IAQ very similar to snake plants. They remove harmful gases and mold spores from the air, replacing them with clean oxygen.

5. Cherry Tomato Plant

If you are a big fan of tomatoes, you’ve found the perfect plant! Cherry tomato plants are a sort of “entry-level vegetable”. They can be grown either in a pot or garden and are a great way to learn how to grow and harvest a plant.

Cherry tomato plants do require a lot of sun, so be sure no shade is blocking them. With Dallas/Ft. Worth experiencing warmer temperatures, now is the perfect time to plant them. Cherry tomato plants require water every 2-3 days, as the soil should always remain moist. After about 2-3 months, the tomatoes should be ready for picking!

Celebrate Earth Day with these easy-to-grow plants! While we recommend you bring plants into your home, the same should not be said for mold. If you are experiencing a mold problem, or would like to test your home for mold, contact RestoPros today for our mold remediation and testing services! Give us a call at 855-587-3786 to schedule an appointment and get started!