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The Magic of Indoor Plants

The Magic of Indoor Plants

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If you spend a significant amount of time stuck indoors, you find ways to make it more bearable. You choose lighting to brighten up the space and fill the room with comfy furniture, adding artwork and décor to complete the design. If you really want to make your living space more, well, livable, consider incorporating some greenery. Live plants offer an array of physical and mental health benefits in addition to adding a touch of natural life to your space.

You don’t necessarily need to be a master gardener or even have much of a green thumb to bring plants into your life. Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of indoor plants and some simple tips to get started with indoor gardening.

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How Plants Benefit Your Health

When you’re feeling cooped up at home or you’ve been stuck in the office all day, nothing brightens your mood like spending some time in the great outdoors. Something as simple as taking a walk through the park can lift your mood and give you a renewed sense of energy. The effects you feel from spending time in nature are not just a placebo effect – there’s real evidence that demonstrates the physical and mental health benefits of plants.

Here are 7 ways plants benefit your health:

  1. According to a 2015 study, having live plants in your home or office can relieve stress and reduce your heart rate and blood pressure. Researchers on the study concluded that working with plants can reduce both psychological and physiological stress. Bring nature in easily with our hanging planter collection.

  2. Live plants may help improve your mental health. Horticultural therapy has been shown to increase feelings of wellbeing in individuals who are struggling with mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, and dementia.

  3. Being exposed to nature may speed recovery times from illness and injury. According to a 2002 research review, surgical patients whose rooms had a view of greenery required ­less pain medication and had shorter hospital stays than patients who did not.

  4. The results of a small 2019 research study suggest the presence of live plants may improve concentration and sharpen your attention span. This benefit can be applied to your home office to increase productivity and to make the space more comfortable.

  5. Numerous research studies show that plants in the workplace boost productivity and inspire creativity. In one 2007 study, employees who had plants in their workspace were not only more productive on the job but took fewer sick days as well.

  6. Work can be stressful even at the best of times but having natural elements in your workspace may help relieve stress and reduce anxiety. The results of a 2016 study suggest office environments that include natural elements improve job satisfaction.

  7. Expanding on research originally conducted by NASA during the 1980s, scientists have found that houseplants have the potential to improve indoor air quality by reducing airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

While it may not be practical to grow a jungle in your living room, there are simple ways to incorporate live plants into your life at home or at work. Proximity to natural elements can certainly boost your mood and increase productivity, but if you struggle with symptoms of depression or anxiety, consider talking to your doctor or try online therapy to get the help you need from home.

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Beginner-Friendly Tips for Indoor Gardening

Some people are blessed with a green thumb – a natural ability to make things grow. If you’re not one of the lucky ones, don’t despair. It may take some trial and error, but indoor gardening is a skill that’s fairly easy to learn if you start with the right plants. Once you learn the basic principles and get the hang of keeping a few hardy houseplants alive, you can decide if you’re ready to expand up on your new skillset.

Here are some simple tips to get you started:

  • Look around your home to determine the best place to grow plants – houseplants need access to plenty of light, though there are also plants that do well in low light or ambient light. If you don’t have a lot of natural light, you can always purchase clip-on grow lights.

  • Choose hardy, low-maintenance plants to get started – some beginner-friendly options include pothos, snake plants, philodendron, spider plants, bromeliads, and lucky bamboo. If you’re worried you’ll forget to water, succulents are a great option. 

  • Consider growing fresh produce like lettuce or microgreens in your home. An indoor herb garden is also a great way to incorporate some greenery into your life.

  • Do a little research about the plants you’ve chosen and spend some time getting to know what they look like when they’re healthy. If the plant comes with a tag, be sure to read the instructions and keep the tag handy to remind you how often to water.

  • Get into a habit of watering your plants – try to water them on the same day so you don’t forget. If your plants have different watering requirements, try putting sticky notes on the fridge as a reminder to yourself. You can find more watering tips & tricks HERE.

  • Monitor the growth of your plants and know when it’s time to repot them – this may only be necessary every 1 to 2 years. It’s best to repot your houseplants in the spring and always use new soil so the plant has access to the nutrients it needs to grow.

  • If you enjoy taking care of your houseplants, don’t be afraid to experiment with propagation. Many plants can be propagated with leaf cuttings or stem cuttings that you place in water until the cutting grows roots of its own.

Indoor plants are a simple way to improve the overall appearance and warmth of your home or workspace, but research confirms they do so much more. Being in proximity to natural elements can relieve stress, boost productivity, and improve your overall sense of wellbeing. Stop in to your local nursery and pick up a few plants to experience these benefits for yourself.

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