Friday, February 21, 2014

Plants of Steel: Durable and Low Maintenance Houseplants for People without Green Thumbs

Disclosure: I received some Plants of Steel to facilitate this review. I was not asked to write about them and as always, all opinions are my own. 

I love indoor plants. 

Especially during our long Chicago winters, when my outdoor garden is covered with snow, indoor plants make homes brighter...and healthier. 

Did you know that studies from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) have found that levels of indoor air pollution can be 2 to 5 times higher - and in some cases 10 times more polluted than outdoor air! - due to toxins released from household items such as paint, fabrics and cleaning products? The easiest solution:  Indoor houseplants. 

But if you were born without a green thumb like me, you've had a difficult time keeping your indoor plants...alive. 

Enter Plants of Steel! 

Plants of Steel are “perfect for those with a ‘brown thumb’, people who are always on the go or looking for a plant that is easy to manage.

Costa Farms, the largest indoor houseplant producer in North America, just launched a new indoor plant collection called Plants of Steel, a variety of low-maintenance plants, durable enough to withstand low-light and strong enough to survive owners that forget to water them. 

And perhaps best of all, these hardy plants work 24/7, filtering the air of 87 percent of common pollutants and continuously releasing oxygen and moisture in the home!

Here are some of the beautiful and hardworking Plants of Steel: 

Aglaonemas (a.ka. Chinese Evergreens)
Aglaonemas are durable, versatile tropical foliage plants that are very popular for use indoors and for interiorscape settings due to their striking foliage. These easy to maintain plants tolerate low light levels indoors and remain attractive for long periods with minimal care.
Aglaonemas are durable, versatile tropical foliage plants 
Ponytail Palm (a.k.a. ‘plant it and forget it’)
Basically a ‘plant it and forget it’ kind of plant, this tropical plant is one of the easiest to grow indoors. It needs little attention and will not suffer from occasional dryness. The Ponytail Palm is an extremely slow-growing plant, so don't expect your desktop plant to transform into a corner unit in one or two growing seasons.
Ponytail palms are one of the easiest to grow 
Sansevierias (a.ka. mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant)
Sansevierias could be elected the easiest of all houseplants. They like warmth and dry air; will accept a little sun or a lot; and are not even fussy about the amount of moisture in the soil. The durable snake plant will tolerate benign neglect in a wide range of temperatures and can grow in low-light situations.
Sansevierias are commonly known as mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant 

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