Plants offer numerous benefits, the most significant being their ability to purify the air by filtering toxins. They also aid in reducing stress, relieving eye strain, and promoting happiness. Additionally, they can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home decor.
This is a good chance to explore different experiments with something new and extend your horizons. If you have a child, it would be a great summer activity or a good expectation to absorb all information in general. Furthermore, it’s completely ok if you don’t have a green thumb. Continue reading to find out which plants you can grow inside in Qatar’s summer heat. And note that these plants can be bought from basically any nursery here in Doha.
1. Money Plant
The money plant is probably the easiest plant to grow in Qatar. Indeed, even a baby can keep this one alive. OK, maybe not a baby. However, you get the gist. It’s a plant found mainly in North Australia, Malaysia and South Asia. It’s good to have luck and prosperity inside the house.
Money Plant, also known as Devil’s Ivy or Pothos, is a popular indoor plant that is easy to care for and can thrive in various conditions. It is native to the Solomon Islands and is a member of the Araceae family.
The Money Plant is characterized by its heart-shaped leaves that can grow up to 12 inches in length. It can be grown as a hanging plant, a climber or trained to grow up a moss pole.
One of the significant benefits of the Money Plant is its ability to purify the air by removing toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene. It is also believed to bring good luck, wealth, and prosperity to the home.
In terms of care, the Money Plant is relatively low maintenance and can survive in low light conditions. It prefers well-draining soil and moderate watering, allowing the top layer of soil to dry out before watering again. Overwatering can cause the roots to rot, so it’s essential to avoid keeping the plant in standing water.
The Money Plant is a great addition to any home or office space, bringing both aesthetic value and health benefits.
- Scientific name: Scindapsus aureus, or Epipremnum aureum
- Where to purchase: Lulu Supermarket, Landmasters, other local nurseries.
- Water: When top 2-4 inches is dry. In case of growing hydroponically, change the water weekly.
- Sunlight: Keep in bright sunlight for ideal results.
- Price: QR 30 to QR 130
2. Snake Plant
The good thing about this plant is you can neglect it for weeks and it even lives. So, for all us expats in Doha with travel schedules. In case, decay easily so make sure to have free draining soil.
Snake Plant, also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, is a popular indoor plant that is native to West Africa. It is a hardy plant that is very easy to care for, making it an ideal choice for those who are new to gardening. The leaves of the Snake Plant are long and upright, resembling the shape of a sword. They are a deep green color and have a waxy texture.
One of the unique features of the Snake Plant is its ability to filter the air of harmful toxins, such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene. It can also absorb excess carbon dioxide at night, making it an excellent choice for bedrooms.
Snake Plant prefers bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light conditions. It is a drought-tolerant plant that prefers to be on the drier side, making it an ideal choice for those who tend to forget to water their plants. However, it is essential to avoid overwatering as it can lead to root rot.
Snake Plant can grow up to 3-4 feet tall, and it is effortless to propagate through leaf cuttings. It is a non-toxic plant, making it safe to keep around pets and children.
- Scientific name: Sansevieria trifasciata
- Where to purchase: The Garden Center, other local nurseries
- Water: Once every 2-3 weeks.
- Sunlight: Indirect sunlight.
- Price: QR 65 (42 cm)
3. Peace Lily
This was on NASA’s list of Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants.
Peace Lily, also known as Spathiphyllum, is a popular houseplant known for its attractive foliage and white flowers. It is native to tropical regions of the Americas and Southeast Asia.
The plant has dark green leaves that are pointed and oval-shaped. Its flowers are white, with a prominent spadix that sits amidst a white, hood-like spathe. Peace lilies are relatively low-maintenance plants and are easy to care for, making them a popular choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.
In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the Peace Lily has air purifying properties, helping to remove toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air. They are also known to be effective in humidifying indoor spaces, which can help to alleviate dry skin and other respiratory problems
- Scientific name: Spathiphyllum
- Where to purchase: The Garden Center, Other local nurseries
- Water: Once every week, keep the soil moist.
- Sunlight: Partial shade.
- Price: QR 35 – 55
4. Aloe Vera
Everybody thinks about this plant as well as it’s various medicinal properties. It is used in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries and has an expected yearly market value of $13 billion all around the world.
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that is known for its healing properties. It is a popular houseplant because of its ease of care and air-purifying abilities. Aloe Vera is native to the Arabian Peninsula but is now grown in many parts of the world, including Qatar.
The gel inside the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant has been used for centuries to treat various ailments, such as sunburn, minor cuts, and skin irritations. It contains enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that are believed to promote healing and reduce inflammation.
In addition to its medicinal properties, Aloe Vera is also a great plant for improving indoor air quality. It removes pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air, making it a great addition to any home or office space.
Aloe Vera is a relatively low-maintenance plant that prefers bright, indirect sunlight and well-draining soil. It should be watered thoroughly but allowed to dry out between watering to avoid root rot. With proper care, Aloe Vera can thrive and provide its benefits for years to come.
- Scientific name: Aloe Vera
- Where to purchase: Floranza International Nursery, Other neighborhood nurseries
- Water: Every three weeks.
- Sunlight: Indirect sunlight.
- Price: QR 45 – 100
5. Spider Plant
Spider Plant, scientifically known as Chlorophytum comosum, is a popular houseplant that is native to South Africa. It is one of the easiest plants to grow and care for, making it a great choice for beginners or those who are new to plant care.
Spider Plant has long, slender leaves that grow in a rosette pattern, and produces small white flowers that eventually develop into small plantlets, also called “spiders,” that can be propagated and grown into new plants.
In addition to its attractive appearance, Spider Plant is known for its air-purifying properties, making it a great choice for improving the air quality in your home or office. It is also considered a safe plant for pets and children as it is non-toxic if ingested.
- Scientific name: Chlorophytum comosum
- Where to purchase: Landmasters, other local nurseries
- Water: Once per week.
- Daylight: Bright indirect sunlight.
- Price: QR 15 – 35 QR