When I say “Go Green” I’m not talking about buying a hybrid car, or recycling plastic bottles.
Green is important in your home.
Green is life.
What am I talking about? Living Plants.
I guess I’ve always had a bit of a green thumb, so growing and caring for plants has always been like second nature to me. I love plants in and around my home. But I am amazed how many of my friends and family members can’t seem to even keep one plant alive for more than a few months. I’ve found that they either neglect it, or over water it (most common mistake), both resulting in devastating consequences.
House Plants do more than just brighten up a room with color and living energy. Besides being pleasing to the eye, they have other benefits such as:
Plants Add Beauty To An Environment. House plants make people feel calmer and more optimistic. Interestingly, studies have shown that hospital patients who face a window with a garden view recovered more quickly than those who had to look at a wall.
Plants Help Keep Us Stay Healthy According to a University of Agriculture in Norway study, indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30 percent, partially by increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.
Plants Improve Our Air Quality. All plants remove impurities from the air to a lesser or greater effect. They remove the impurities or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by absorbing them through their leaves or via their growing medium. Plants can remove a variety of toxic air emissions including ammonia, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethytene. The healthier the plant, the more purifying it will be.
The Top 9 Air Purifying Plants.
The following plants are most effective in removing potentially harmful chemicals-including those in paints, varnishes, dry cleaning fluids, car exhaust fumes and tobacco smoke-from the air in your home.
Dragon tree, Ivy, Ficus, Philodendron, Spider plants, Peace lilies, Ferns, Chrysanthemu, Palms
Here are two of my favorite plants that are easy to grow and maintain:
It is ideal for almost any light level and it is really easy to keep alive. And quite happy being watered once a week, as it doesn’t like wet roots and should be allowed to dry slightly between waterings. In fact, a sure-fire way to kill them is overwatering and excess water should be drained from the base after watering. If you are a dog owner, though, you have be careful where you place your pothos because the plant could poison your pet.
The Variegated Chlorophytum Comosum better known as the ‘Spider Plant’
Possibly the most popular of all house plants, originally from South Africa. It is low maintenance, hard to kill, with very long leaves that can grow to 8-16″. It brings life to any room in your house or patio! The best feature of Chlorophytum is that it serves as an air purifier in the home.
Bottom line: We need plants to survive, to breathe.
They are the perfect roommates to have, as they give what we need and we give what they need to survive. Plants breathe in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, the opposite of what humans do, so it is a beautiful, symbionic relationship.