Indoor Plants: The Perfect Roommates
give your space some life with greenery, but take good care of your plants
Remember that time you took a stroll in the park and felt completely refreshed afterward? Part of that is because that greenery all around you is working hard to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This process freshens the air you’re breathing while boosting your mood and reducing stress.
Even if you don’t have time to soak in nature, you can still recreate that feeling right in your home with help from indoor plants.
Numerous studies have shown that living with indoor plants comes with many benefits. According to NASA research, your hanging Boston fern can remove up to 87% of air toxins in just a day. Studies also found that patients in rooms with plants had greater chances of recovery, lower blood pressure, and less anxiety.
Doing a bit of research into houseplants you are considering will help determine if your home has the right conditions for them to thrive. Some of our green friends can be toxic to animals and humans, so you just want to be careful depending on who shares your space.
If you’re new to indoor plants or are still working on that green thumb, consider some of the following to start your own mini paradise:
• Pothos is a trailing vine known to be the easiest of all indoor plants to grow. They do well in soil or vases with water, and they also enjoy a variety of light conditions.
• Spider plants aren’t picky when it comes to watering, lighting, or temperature. They will also send out plantlets when they mature, which can be repotted and gifted to friends.
• Peace lilies are known for being hardy and forgiving. They are great for low-light spaces and will let you know they’re thirsty by drooping their leaves.
• Cacti and succulents come in hundreds of unique varieties and are drought-tolerant making them the perfect companion for forgetful waterers. They do need several hours of bright light so be sure they have access to a sunny windowsill.
The next time you’re looking for simple ways to reduce stress, improve productivity, or just add fresh ambience to your home, indoor plants will definitely do it. They provide a source of great joy and a plethora of health benefits, making them the perfect roommates.