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There are about a billion of plants out there, each with different uses and it’s hard not to notice how they are so many gorgeous houseplants everywhere however not every plant is suitable to be kept at home and for the safety of your family, it is important you are aware of this plants and not bring them home.
A good plant should clean and purify the air we breathe in and not pollute the air further, there are wide varieties of plants and not all options will make a great addition to your office or home but it is advised to carefully research a plant before filling your garden with it as not all plants are created equal and it is a great idea to avoid plants that are even mildly toxic to your health and environment.
Indoor plants are great around the house but only after you discover they provide wonderful benefits and has recently people are bringing in endless amounts of plants and greenery into their home and they do beautiful the home adding color and vibrancy to it.
Houseplants can offer you multiple benefits from improving the air quality around your home to creating a sense of well being in any environment but the truth is that any of these plants should not be on the list of plants to buy.
Which Plants Are Not Good For Home?
Indoor plants are not just to beautify your home but they can help reduce stress, help boost productivity, help to manage unwanted noise level at the workplace, brightening and improves the air quality and some interesting benefits however it should be avoided if it triggers any skin rashes, pest problems, allergy issues and might even be highly toxic to humans and animals around (1).
The safety of any houseplants should be investigated before buying, here are some common houseplants that are not good for the home.
Succulents are very common plants and there are different varieties of it however it is not advised to have it in the house, the key issue with succulents are pests, they can be infested with mealybugs which are teeny tiny insects and they spread fast to other plants and may eventually become a real problem to have them in the house (2).
These plants are downright appealing to the eyes, they are inexpensive and easy to place anywhere but be sure they are not infected before placing them in your home.
These plants are commonly known as elephant eat, angel’s wings and heart of Jesus, keeping a caladium in the house might not an exciting idea, this plant requires special care and needs and ingestion of it can cause stinging or burning of mouth and throat. It can also cause soft tissue to tear and become inflamed if chewed or swallowed (3).
Belladonna is another common plant you should leave out of the home garden, this plant is also referred to as deadly nightshade is a poisonous plant and is regarded as one of the most toxic plants native to the English Hemisphere. This plant should be kept away from any garden where children and pets play (4).
This is a flowering plant that beautifies the garden but is a top pollen producer and if you have allergies, this is one plant you have to avoid in your garden although this a colorful plant but you did enjoy your garden more without it during spring.
5. Eucalyptus Tree
Eucalyptus can be a great indoor plant and has lots of benefits due to its fragrant leaves and green properties however they can cause chemicals to be released and this can be dangerous to the environment and the plant’s weak branches and known to suddenly give way and fall.
This plant is a heavy feeder and requires full sun as well.
6. Croton Plant
Croton plants should not for whatever reasons be ingested although this is not the most poisonous of plant varieties however you should not take chance and have it ingested in large quantities as it causes abdominal discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, and other discomforts.
If you love trees then a bonsai plant might look like a great houseplant especially if you can’t have a real sized one indoor but you should be aware that a bonsai indoor plant can cause serious skin irritation for those with allergies and when they come in contact with it, it can leave a nasty rash hence they should be kept outdoor and ensure to use a glove when watering and pruning it.
8. Dumb Canes
This plant should not be placed in your home if you have animals around, it is often grown as houseplants and commonly known as leopard lily but it is not a good fit for pets.
Dumb canes contain calcium oxalate and when this is ingested by cats or dogs, it can cause severe burning, swelling of the mouth, or even deaths (5).
Which plant is lucky for the home?
The lucky bamboo plant is what you should consider having at home, the Chinese regards the Bamboo as a lucky charm house plant, and it is said to be an auspicious plant for those who summons good luck.
Everyone can all use a little extra good luck and if you have just started to explore this innocuous concept then this is just the question you need an answer to.
If you are going to get a houseplant then you might as well go for the ones that are sure to bring you good luck, love, and property.
Is Ivy bad luck in the house?
Yes, ivy is considered bad luck in the house but good luck when grown outside and it is also believed that if it was bought in attached to firewood, it would mean bad luck for the household but when grew vigorously outside the house, it would protect the household from evil eyes and witchcraft (6).
Are banana trees bad luck?
No, banana trees are not bad luck themselves but are considered one if they are planted near a house, the banana tree is believed to bring you happiness, wealth and bless couples with a good marriage however they are not considered to be good luck everywhere and according to some tradition, it should be planted in the north-east direction.
All plants are not created equal hence they are going to plants that are good and those that are not and for the safety of you and your loved ones, it is vital to be aware of the plants that are safe around the home and the ones that are not.
Indoor plants should not be tough to maintain or cause you skin reactions, it should rather have the ability to soothe you, add beauty and life to your home and if you do have inquisitive kids and pets, we advice you put them in a safe place where they won’t be disturbed.