Now that it is September, students and teachers will be spending the majority of their time in the classroom. So you might as well, make the most of it. Classrooms can feel dull and drab without some fresh flowers and plants. A few plants can add liven up the room and add a burst of colour. Plus, some of them will even clean the air! They will also provide learning opportunities for students.
Many indoor plants are now available at the garden centers. But which plants are the best for the classroom? Choose ones that are low maintenance, resilient and easy to care and you shouldn’t have any problems keeping them alive. Avoid plants that show signs of disease and pests.
Here are the best plants for the classroom:
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
The Spider Plant is one of the most resilient indoor plants around! It is very low maintenance, doesn’t need to be watered regularly, and can even tolerate a bit of neglect. And one of the best things about this plant is that it produces lots of new shoots during the growing season, which can be used easily to create new plants. Simply plant the shoots in soil! No rooting required! It can be grown in light or shade. Lastly, this plant is known to remove toxic pollutants from the air!
Lavender is a versatile herb that can be grown indoors quite easily. It is the perfect plant for beginners! Simply sow seeds in sandy soil and place a sunny spot and watch nature do its magic! With its intoxicating scent and pretty flowers, lavender would be a lovely addition to the classroom. Not only will it add colour and life to the room, lavender has calming properties that can relieve stress and anxiety. And since lavender is edible, it can be used in cooking classes!
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This is a fun plant for the classroom! The Sensitive Plant gets its name due to the fact that the leaves are quite sensitive. With a slightest touch or slight breeze, the leaves will instinctively react and fold inward or droop. The Sensitive Plant is a plant that produces attractive pink or purple flowers; it will bloom all year round. And more importantly, it is easy to grow. Place in bright light in fertile, well-drained soil.
Dancing Plant (Codariocalyx Motorius)
Another plant that is quite fascinating is the Dancing Plant. Like the name suggests, this plant appears to dance. Responding to light as a sunflower would, the leaves will move up and down rhythmically to absorb the energy from the sun. Like the Sensitive Plant, the Dancing plant will also respond to the slightest touch. This plant would be a fun addition to the classroom. Place plant in a sunny spot and keep soil moist. It is a flowering plant and will produce small, purple flowers.
Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)
Plants don’t have to be boring! A plant like the Venus Flytrap will entertain students young and old. Instead of waiting to be fed, this carnivorous plant will snap open its leaves to catch flying insects and spiders. As soon as an insect or spider makes contact with the tiny hairs on the leaves, the trap snaps shut, killing its prey. And not to worry, the Venus Flytrap will not attack humans! It’s a perfectly safe plant for the classroom.