The Magical Benefits of Houseplants with Professor Longbottom

Hello from Hogwarts! Professor Neville Longbottom here, hoping to help you combat the winter blues with some green! It’s Houseplant Appreciation Day, and I have five low-maintenance houseplants to help your household flourish in the winter weather.




1) Aloe Vera

Not only does the Aloe vera plant have a gel that is beneficial for healing cuts and burns, but it also helps clear the air in your home of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products. To help remove these chemicals from the air in your home, place an Aloe vera plant in an area with a lot of sunlight and watch it thrive.




2) English Ivy (Hedera helix)

This plant is actually number one on NASA’s list of best air-filtering houseplants. It absorbs the formaldehyde that is in the air in your home. English ivy is easy to grow and very adaptable. It does best in moderate temperatures with medium sunlight.




3) Rubber Tree (Hevea  brasiliensis)

If you don’t have the best green thumb, this is the plant for you. It’s very low maintenance and thrives in dimly lit areas and cool climates. When it comes to air purification, this plant packs a punch.




4) Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Despite its less-than-appealing name, this is a plant you want in your bedroom. Unlike most plants, this one is nocturnal, filtering out carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen at night. Minimal light and water are needed to care for this plant. Pick one up today to breathe cleaner air while you sleep!




5) Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)

This plant brings beauty and functionality into your home. If you have extra space that needs to be taken up, think about putting a red-edged dracaena in that space. They can grow up to ceiling height and remove several common toxins from the air. This plant thrives in sunny areas, so a room with lots of windows is best.


I hope these plants help improve your mood and provide clean air for you and your family. For more helpful plants, check out my previous articles! Happy Houseplant Appreciation Day!!