Bringing Nature into your home can be one of the easiest ways to freshen up your interior and add an aura of serenity into your sanctuary. For those of us without green thumbs, however, keeping your dash of green from turning brown can be a bit of a challenge.
Thankfully Brunei is truly blessed in its abundance of flora and we know that the range of local and imported plants available here is huge.
We at The Measure have put together a short list of easy-to-manage plants that we know you can find at Rimba Horticultural Centre, the Agro-Tech Park, Gadong Market and many smaller local nurseries. The plants range from BND$1.00-$10.00, making them very affordable - small investment, big impact! More importantly, many indoor plants can act as natural air filters, enhancing the air quality inside your home and eliminate a variety of toxic substances from the air you and your family are breathing in. This natural solution to improving your air quality comes without the costs of running an electric air filter and it won't add to our already massive landfill problem!
Here are some plants that are robust enough to survive even the most non-talented gardener:
Aloe Vera brings with it a long list of health benefits, although care should be taken and research done as it is a highly potent plant. Find out more about benefits of Aloe Vera here.
Money Plant / Golden Pothos
This plant is one of the most low-maintenance plants available and can be re-potted easily and often as it grows. Whether in water or soil, the money plant can flourish inside any home. Health conscious bonus! It absorbs and eliminates formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, carbon monoxide, and more.
This plant is an amazing addition to your bedrooms because, while most plants take away oxygen at night, this one gives off oxygen at night. It has also been recommended by a NASA study as one of the best plants to improve the air quality of your home (check the report out for a longer list of the best plants to clean your air!). It also filters formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air!
This large group of houseplants offers selections in all shapes, sizes, and colors and grows well whether indoors or out. Another plant with a health bonus - it absorbs and eliminates formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, trichloroethylene.
Of course there are far more to choose from here in Brunei, so do visit the Rimba Horticultural Centre and just have a chat with the lovely plant-lovers there for more ideas!