Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Choosing the Best Indoor Plants for Fragrance

Some folks grow houseplants as a relaxing hobby or to add a decorative touch to a room. Houseplants bring the outdoors inside, improve the homes air quality and may even be chosen for their blooms and the resultant fragrance. Introducing fragrant houseplants into the home d├ęcor can aid in eliminating the need for air fresheners, especially during the long winter months when a closed home can tend to smell a bit fetid.

Indoor plants that smell good will also give those of us who enjoy gardening, something green to tend to while awaiting the spring planting season.

Jasmine: This is also one of the elegant house plants which are grown to impart aroma. With its thick green leaves and white flowers delivering sweet and delicate aroma, the plant is even compared to fresh linens. Jasmine flowers come in many varieties out of which Arabian and Star jasmine is commonly grown. Most of the plant species generally need full light, high humidity and warm temperatures to bloom. A windowsill is a perfect place to grow a jasmine plant.

Mint: Mint is not just the best herbal tea plant but also the one that delivers fresh aroma when planted indoors. From many years, this houseplant has been used in perfumery industry to extract oils for perfumes and scent lamps due to its pleasant aroma. The mint plants are also very good for people suffering from lung diseases. Mint plant is very easy to grow and can be planted almost anywhere.

Lavender: Known for its sweet aroma and beautiful purple flowers, lavender plants are also a good option to consider. These plants like to be grown in hotspots and dry climatic conditions. Gardeners just need to water their Lavender plants once in a month. Lavender plants also require extreme lighting to propagate successfully; so decide to plant them in a location receiving adequate light such as windowsills.

Rose: How can you resist from not having these flowers of love? In dry winter days, these flowers add colours to your life and aroma also enchant you to the fullest.

Gardenia: You can have 150 species of these aromatic white flowers with lively green leaves. These plants require bright light and sufficient humidity. Place it in balcony and you need nothing else.

Eucalyptus: Smaller species such as E. vernicosa, E. kybeanensis or E. gregsoniana are recommended for growing in pots as eucalyptus is prone to get leggy and overgrown. Provide bright light, and don’t let the pot dry out completely as wilted eucalyptus will not recover and the entire plant may die. As with most house plants, avoid over-watering as well. Dried branches of eucalyptus are available year round. The woodsy scent from dried eucalyptus will last for several months and is often used to shape wreaths. Arrange with other dried plants, or tuck pieces behind a picture frame.

Persian Violet: Annual plant that germinates from seed in 15 days. Sow seeds in early summer for winter blooms or buy the plant already in flower. Small bluish-purple flowers with prominent yellow stamens give a delicately sweet floral scent. Provide bright but indirect sunlight, moist soil, average to high humidity. This flowering plant like warmth and high humidity.

Heliotrope: Heliotrope has been valued for generations for its blue, pink, lavender or white blossoms with a fragrance reminiscent of lilacs. Can be grown from cuttings taken in the fall or spring. Place in partial shade, and water well when flowering. Prune right back after flowering.

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