November 2018- The Health Benefits of Indoor Plants

Cold weather has officially arrived and outdoor gardening has to be put on pause for a few months but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy plants. For those of us that get enjoyment out of seeing “green” year-round, indoor plants are the perfect solution. Not only do plants provide indoor color and improve the ambiance of any room, they also provide many health benefits.

 

 

Cleaner Air

With the windows shut for the season and little to no fresh air coming in, the indoors can contain up to ten times more pollutants than the air outside. Common toxic culprits can be dust mites, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and chemical cleaning agents. Plants act as air purifies by improving air quality by removing harmful pollutants. Plants also stabilize humidity levels.

 

Reduced Stress

Indoor plants are great for boosting overall mood levels. All potted indoor houseplants contain microbes. As a result, these beneficial bacteria are known to reduce stress and anxiety levels and to boost your mood.

 

Increased Productivity

Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity by up to 15 percent making them perfect for not just your home but your workspace, too.

 

Noise Reduction

If your home or workplace has hard surfaces such as hardwood flooring, tile, marble or concrete, plants can help absorb noises. Just a few plants can change the entire audio dynamics in a room.

 

Selecting The Right Indoor Plants

Great indoor plants include Ficus, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, Rubber Plant, Cacti, Succulents, Snake Plant, Fern, Dieffenbachia & Dracaena. Before purchasing houseplants do your research or speak to one of our team members. Some plants require more care while others are self-sufficient for long periods of time. Also, know how much natural light the plants will receive. Cacti and succulents need continuous, daily sunlight while plants with foliage need approximately 8 hours of light per day. Keep potting soil moist- It’s important to make sure soil is not too wet nor too dry. Make sure the plant pot has drainage holes in the bottom of the pot and be careful not to over or under water your plants.

 

Before purchasing houseplants do your research or speak to one of our team members. Some plants require more care while others are self-sufficient for long periods of time. Also, know how much natural light the plants will receive. Cacti and succulents need continuous, daily sunlight. Plants with foliage need approximately 8 hours of light per day. Keep potting soil moist- It’s important to make sure soil is not too wet nor too dry. Make sure the plant pot has drainage holes in the bottom of the pot and be careful not to over or under water your plants.