Are you a nature lover but yet feel limited by living in an HDB flat? Fret not, there are many solutions to incorporate a green living space in your flat. Having plants not only create a calm effect in your home but plants are also used as decorative pieces.
If you are limited by space, you can always create a functional shelve used for dividing up the spaces in your home by placing plants on the shelves. You can also consider a small indoor fountain where you can place your plants or even create a feature green wall as part of your interior home design.
Better still if you have a balcony where you can create an outdoor garden. We will suggest some plants here that are suitable for HDB home living spaces for your renovation consideration.
Air Purification for Fresh Air
There are several plants that can be used to purify the air in your home.
You can consider spider plants. Spider plants functions like the green lungs of your home filtering toxins from the air so that everyone in your household can breathe easier.
These plants are easy to care for as they do not require direct sunlight and grow well when they are placed in most but well-drained soil. It’s a hardy specie but make sure you pick a pot with drainage holes to prevent the pot from getting waterlogged. Spiderettes from the flowers can be replanted into smaller pots to grow new plants.
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue also produce plenty of oxygen supply for your home. Not only does it filter harmful oxides and formaldehyde from the air during the day, it is also one of the few plants in the world that is able to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night.
This makes Mother-in-Law’s Tongue very suitable for the bedroom as well as the bathroom. It is compact and thrives in bright or dark spaces on very little water, making it very easy to care for. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is native to West Africa and its striking appearance makes it a popular decorative choice for many homes.
Sunny Tropics Vibe
This is Singapore after all, you can choose to liven up your home by choosing plants that reflect the tropical vibe of island living. Bring life to your dining or lounging area with the yellow palm plant.
Its golden yellow feather shaped fronds cannot help but bring the sunny tropics inside your home. The yellow palm thrives in bright areas and direct sunlight is not necessary. It is a low to medium maintenance plant and all you need to do is to feed it regularly with fertilizer.
It acts also as an effective air purifier that filters away volatile organic compounds for easier breathing.
For the Lush Look
The Monstera plant adds elegance and luxury with its glossy heart-shaped split leaves. The simple and chic shaped leaves add detail to a well-designed contemporary home.
Also known by its other name – the Swiss Cheese plant, the Monstera needs space to grow and is better placed in the living room or in a tight corner. It is however toxic and should be kept out of reach of young children and pets. It is also a low maintenance plant that does not require direct sunlight and flourishes with bright filtered light needing little more than weekly watering to keep it going.
For the Minimalist
The ubiquitous money plant can be easily planted and grown in bottles, mason jars, old electric bulbs or in any of your recycled old containers. They are common choices for HDB dwellers as they offer several design options. They are also known as prosperity plants and highly easy to care for and propagate, needing to be watered only every seven to ten days.
Plant for Lazy Home Owners
If the above options of easily maintained plants are not enough, we would like to suggest the zamioculcas – better known as ZZ plants.
These plants are perfect for the lazy home owner as they can survive weeks of neglect without withering if they are left in bright areas.
This plant has a natural water-storing root system and is one of the hardiest indoor plant. If you overly care for it by over-watering, its leaves will turn yellow and it will cause its underground rhizomes to rot.