Costa Farms Shares Tips for Choosing Foliage Plants

Costa Farms Shares Tips for Choosing Foliage Plants

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

 Earlier this year, The Pantone Color Institute named “greenery” the 2017 Color of the Year. Lush, beautiful green foliage can be found just about everywhere.

“The vibrant green hue of plant leaves inspires people to reconnect with nature,” says Justin Hancock, garden expert from Costa Farms “Renters and homeowners alike enjoy houseplants for their high-impact look that easily transforms any room.”

Plus, an increase in health and wellness awareness has led 52 percent of homeowners to use houseplants to counter indoor air pollution, according to the market research company, Mintel.

“Houseplants look good and work constantly to improve our lives,” says Hancock. “They clean the air, help lower blood pressure, reduce stress and can even increase our ability to concentrate.”

During the beginning of fall add multi-functional, beautifying and air purifying houseplants to bring nature indoors before the winter season. Whether you choose lush ferns or low-water succulents, houseplants fit any lifestyle, mood and taste.

Since its launch in 2008, Costa Farms’ 'O2 for You: Houseplants with a Purpose' campaign has raised awareness of how houseplants scrub the air clean in homes and offices.

It’s easy to identify air purifying plants: Just look for the 'O2 for You' plant tag at local retailers or visit Read on for the top suggestions from Costa Farms.

Top five foliage plants to filter indoor air:

1. Ferns – Indoor ferns come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and shades of green, making them perfect for accessorizing your home. Textural and elegant, many ferns have a timeless look working with practically every décor style.

2. Dracaena – One of the most common and easiest to grow houseplants, dracaena is the perfect addition to desks and tabletops. As it grows, dracaena shows off tree-like woody stems. Over time, the stately plant can grow 5 to 6 feet tall. It’s ideal for adding a bold splash of texture to your indoor decor.

3. Chinese Evergreen – The striking striped leaves and occasional flowers of Chinese Evergreen make it one of the most attractive plants available for interiors. Plus, it can be neglected for long periods and still be happy. Grow in groups to give rooms a rainforest feel.

4. Bromeliads - These stylish houseplants work especially well with modern decor styles. Bromeliads have colorful, long-lasting blooms and captivating green leaves. Add a pop of color to any room by picking bromeliads in shades of pink, red, orange and yellow.

5. Crotons. The spectacular leaves and colorful foliage on crotons inspire and energize their surroundings. Boldly marked with streaks of bright yellow, orange, red and even black, crotons are truly exotic.

For more information on which plants purify the air, visit

Costa Farms is the largest producer of ornamental plants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third-generation, family-owned business that globally stretches over 4,000 acres and employs nearly 5,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in South and Central Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.