The third week of September is National Indoor Plant Week, a time of increased public awareness of the value of house plants. Plants add character and intriguing aesthetics to any room. In addition, indoor plants can have positive psychological and health effects that make areas more livable and desirable. Read on to learn why you should celebrate National Indoor Plant Week!
The Benefits of Indoor Plants
Indoor plants are more than just decorations. They serve purposes that improve our everyday lives. Houseplants clean toxins from the air and, reportedly, plants make people feel better, both physically and mentally. Plants at work can improve concentration, productivity, and morale. At home, they can heighten mindfulness and lower anxiety. Certain types of plants are even connected to clinical health benefits, including lowered blood pressure and decreased likelihood of a headache or fatigue.
Caring for Houseplants
National Indoor Plant Week encourages plant-enthusiasts to purchase and maintain indoor greenery to reap their aesthetic and psychological benefits. Different plants require different amounts of light and different maintenance levels. Some of them offer benefits when placed in your home or office. Keeping a houseplant that is beautiful and functional can help you recognize why indoor greenery is worthy of its own national day.
- Areca Palm: These full, green plants make for great spectacles in entryways or in living areas that get a lot of light. Placing them next to a window or by a skylight will make sure they get adequate sun exposure. Their maintenance depends on the season; in the spring and summer, you should consistently keep the soil damp, and in the fall and winter, you should let it dry momentarily before watering it again.
- Aloe Vera: Low-maintenance aloe vera plants are as functional as they are lovely. Their sap can help treat minor cuts or burns. Aloe vera plants thrive in dryness. For this reason, you might want to plant these succulents in containers with at least one drainage hole so the soil can release excess moisture as needed.
- Snake Plant: These types of flora can be neglected for weeks at a time before they begin to wilt, making them an easy option for individuals lacking a green thumb. They can also survive with very little sunlight, so you don’t have to place them on porches or by windows.
- English Ivy: This greenery filters out formaldehyde toxins that might linger in the air from household cleaning products, making it a useful plant to have around the house. To care for English ivy, allow it to dry out before watering it. For the best growing results, fertilize English ivy approximately once a month. Be careful of where you place English ivy plants, as they can cause damage to walls and other surfaces. If its stems grow too long, you can cut them back and repot the trimmings to create new plants.
- Philodendron: This houseplant can easily adapt to life with minimal to no sunlight. You may have to make up for this lack of light with extra watering, especially while it is growing. The philodendron is another functional plant, as it can remove traces of formaldehyde from the air. However, this plant can be toxic when eaten, so keep the pot out of the reach of pets and children.
- Peace Lilies: Spathiphyllum, also called peace lilies, thrive in the shade and survive for weeks without being watered. They even provide the benefit of eliminating mold from the air. Their effects may be the most productive in damp or humid rooms, like bathrooms or laundry rooms. Teleflora’s Lovely One Spathiphyllum Plant is simple, elegant and neutral, perfect for any bathroom color scheme.