Houseplant Appreciation Day is celebrated in early January exactly when we need some green in our lives. The winter is incredibly grey and cold. We are only given Christmas and St. Patrick’s day to celebrate with bright colors. We need some more light in our lives for the other two months of winter!
The perfect time to start investing in your home’s greenery is after all of the Christmas decorations are packaged away. Your house is barren and you have a clean slate to start deciding where you will place your plants. Some popular spots are the kitchen and bathrooms. Kitchens tend to have tons of sunlight from sun roofs and nearby windows. Likewise, bathrooms offer plenty of water. A new trend has been to place plants inside showers. How genius is that! Not only do you have to not water them, but they also make you feel like you’re bathing in the rainforest. The best showers to use for these are walk-in showers. Walk into your day feeling like a forest fairy!
The beauty of houseplants is that they are not high maintenance. Once you have a location picked all you need is a pot and fertilizer and you’re good to go! Plant your seeds and watch them grow. In only a few weeks you will have a beautiful green plant that perfumes your home.
If planting your own is too much of a hassle another option is to buy pre-grown plants. Those of you who want an EXTREMELY low maintenance plant should get succulents. Succulents are plants that survive in very arid climates and so don’t need much water at all to live. They can store their water for weeks and even months at a time. My succulent at home gets watered every two months and he is doing splendidly!
There are 3 main benefits of houseplants.
Firstly, they help in breathing.
Through photosynthesis plants create oxygen and release it. Funny enough, they actually take the carbon dioxide that we exhale and turn it into new oxygen for us to breathe! How amazing is that? Plants also eliminate some toxins in the air through its plant leaves. Some of these toxins are carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.
Secondly, they keep us healthy and detract sickness.
They do this through creating moisture. Plant moisture actually accounts for 10% of the moisture on earth. This moisture helps our body. Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway show that people who live with house plants have significantly less colds, sore throats, and dry skin.
Thirdly, they positively affect our psychological and mental health.
Patients in hospitals who have plants in their rooms are known to heal more quickly than patients with no plants. Flowers especially boost our moods and can relieve stress and anxiety.
At the end of the day, everyone should celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day. Buy a plant! Go water your own plant! Gift a best friend with a plant! Spread the joy, the healthy, and the beauty of home nature.