Some common houseplants that are proven to be Australia’s popular choices:
This plant flourishes regardless of what soil you place it in, assuming that the soil's well-drained. Preferring partial exposure to sunlight, it is known generally as an air purifier, and needs little maintenance. Watch out for spider-mites though!
Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
A native to the Asian country of China, this houseplant has become a popular choice among Australian people. Thanks to its ability to adapt to the varying climate and types of soil, this indoor plant is long lasting. Like the Areca palm tree, this plant prefers indirect sunlight, and too much exposure may bleach its foliage.
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
The Bamboo Palm holds the distinction of being one of the very few plants to withstand even below zero temperatures. Known to bloom yellow flowers from time to time, this plant is said to not only act as a natural humidifier but also as an agent that helps remove formaldehyde, an organic compound associated with cancer. Avoid overwatering this plant as well as exposing it to too much sunlight.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata "Bostoniensis")
Known worldwide, this plant has air-purifying abilities that people look for. Holding the distinction as one of the best among air-purifying houseplants, the Boston Fern, like the Bamboo Palm, acts as an agent that removes formaldehyde from the air but also removes heavy metals from the soil as an added bonus. Although it likes bright and damp soil, it is still tolerant of drought and partial exposure to sunlight.
Although considered to be an outdoor plant in Southeast Asia, the Rubber Plant is utilized as an indoor plant in Australia. Known as a biological air purifying unit, it removes toxins from the air by emitting high oxygen content, with increasing efficiency over time. As it prospers in a variety of environments, it easily grows and is very easy to maintain. Beware, sources contradict each other as to whether or not this plant contains poisonous parts or not.
Other popular houseplants include:
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
Like the other popular houseplants, the Chinese evergreen emits high oxygen content to purify the air. It does well with full shade and good draining. Proceed with caution, as the sap of this plant is poisonous.
It is best known for removing formaldehyde and as an air purifying unit. Unlike the other plants, it does well with low light or low water.
Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
It removes formaldehyde and xylene, a chemical found in plastics and solvents. For this plant, sunlight, moist soil, and warm water is needed.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
It removes benzene, a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke, detergents, pesticides, and other synthetic materials. It is also excellent in fighting asthma and allergies. The English Ivy makes a great potted plant.
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
It removes volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde. It thrives in high humidity and light.
With these countless health benefits and making us happy, houseplants enhance our quality of life through the body and mind.