I confess: I’m not a naturally green-fingered person. It’s a skill I continue to work on. Despite that though, nearly every surface in my home is covered with house plants.
There’s a myriad of reasons why I love about house plants so much. I enjoy seeing new leaves bud and grow. I like the fact I feel there’s some element of nature indoors. I get a kick out of coordinating their pots and thinking about how everything works together. Overall, they just make me happy.
However, I’m not just all about the aesthetic. Indoor plants are also proven to increase our mental wellbeing and physical health too.
Benefits of house plants
- Plants improve your mood and reduce stress. Did you know lavender essential oil is one of the best oils for creating feelings of calm and reducing stress? Well the same goes for the plant too. The scent from a potted lavender plant will help your overall mental wellbeing. It’s not the only house plant either: try a snake plant or a red edged dracaena for a lifting boost too.
- They improve the air quality. I vaguely remember learning in Biology GCSE about how we need plants and trees around us for oxygen. However, house plants do far more than that. There are some varieties of plants which purify the air in our homes and remove some of the toxins found in detergents and cosmetics. Try our old friend the red edged dracaena or a spider plant.
- Plants can speed up convalescence for people in hospital. Plants also have a positive impact on our physical health. Researchers have found that patients near plants in hospital get better quicker than those without.
- They increase levels in productivity for people working in offices. A study by the University of Exeter found that employee productivity increased by 15% just by being able to see a house plant from their desk.
Everything I’ve learnt about plants (or a beginners guide to indoor gardening)
- Plants need watering far less than you think. I’ve overwatered them until their leaves have gone brown or their roots have rotted. Try not to kill them with love.
- Stick your finger in the top of the soil. If it’s bone dry, then water the plant. Otherwise, leave it alone.
- Think about light. There are some plants that don’t mind shade but in my experience, most plants need at least some.
- Start with spider plants, snake plants or red edged dracaena, as I’ve found them pretty hardy and easy to look after. In other words, no matter what you do; they’ll probably stay alive.