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Houseplants a hot buy right now at Pikes Peak region garden centers

Although spring has “officially” sprung, it’s not quite the ideal weather to garden outdoors just yet in southern Colorado. This has many plant-lovers in the Pikes Peak region looking to local greenhouses and shops for spring greenery in the form of houseplants.

Macie McCord, who co-owns McCord’s Garden Center, said plant shoppers have been drawn to bright colors, big leaves and air-purifying plants.

“A few popular plants we’ve noticed are neon colored plants like Neon Pothos, also Monstera have been popular, and any air purifying plants,” she said. “Keeping your air healthy has been a trend the past year.” With most of us spending more time indoors at home in recent months, thanks to the pandemic, having better air quality is desirable and plants can help.

Top choices for air-filtering plants include palms, Boston or Kimberly Fern, English or Devil’s Ivy, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, Anthurium, Snake Plant, Gerbera Daisy, Rubber Plant and Philodendron. As McCord explained, indoor plants can absorb gases including carbon dioxide and many volatile organic compounds, such as Benzene found in plastics, pesticides and cigarette smoke, and formaldehyde, which is in some cosmetics, fabric softeners and detergents.

But also, consumers are often just looking for pretty and eye-catching plants.

“We’ve had several fun Calathea that have been popular. The Red Maranta Prayer Plant (has leaves that fold like hands in thankfulness) after the past year is a great gift for a friend or family or a reminder to ourselves of all we have to be thankful for,” McCord said. “Other popular plants right now are succulents. Scheffleras have been selling also. Miniature plants are popular for folks making miniature gardens or terrariums.”

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