The Benefits of Living with Plants

The Benefits of Living with Plants

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The humble houseplant has had a resurgence in home decor in recent years and we for one are not complaining! We’re guilty of Pinning too many houseplant photos on Pinterest and dreaming of filling our spaces with as many plants as we can get our hands on. 

The benefits of owning plants however are not purely for ascetics. It is proven that plants increase your mood and general quality of life.  Caring for and being surrounded by something living will make you feel good. It will radiate a healthy energy throughout the room. The presence of plants in your home will also boost your mood, reduce stress and increase productivity and creativity. 

It is a rewarding routine in the morning to visiting your plants and taking the time to care for, water and monitor their growth and health. During these moments take the time to reflect on your own growth and development. 

Incorporating houseplants into your home is also beneficial to your health. Plants improve air quality by naturally converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. Certain plants filter out toxins that accumulate in stagnant air such as formaldehyde.  

To get you started on creating your jungle here is a guide of 5 popular plants to help you find the perfect one for you:

Pothos:

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The Pothos is great for adding some greenery to high spaces such as along shelves and bookcases or hanging baskets.  This plant is a great example of one which purifies the air. It is easy to care for too which is a bonus!

It can thrive in an array of lighting conditions, but low light may diminish the leaves' variegation. Allow soil to dry somewhat between watering.

All you will need to do is trim back the stems (which can trail eight feet or longer!) when they get too long and your plant will remain full and healthy.

Fiddle-leaf Fig:

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This lovely and leafy tree provides large dark green leaves which will bring happiness into any home! 

This indoor plant likes bright to medium light so keep it by the window or under a skylight.  The surface of the soil should dry out slightly between watering. If it starts to look a bit pale, try moving it to somewhere less bright.

Ferns: 

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Ferns are great for the bathroom or homes with less light. They also come in a variety of colours and textures which can add depths and dimension to your room. Ferns thrive in humid environments and need to be watered once a week. 

Snake Plant: 

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The Snake plant is perfect for those who categorise themselves as not being good a keeping plants alive (guilty!) as they are virtually indescribable.  This plant thrives on neglect and low light. All you need to do is water this baby twice a month or so. It is also one which filters toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. 

Rubber Tree:

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This easy-to-grow indoor house plant can grow into an eight-foot-tall tree for a major pop of greenery in a room. Just trim back the stems if you prefer to keep it in a shrub space. If you prefer a smaller plant, just make your rubber tree into a shrub shape by pruning any long stems. The dark green leaves have a nice glossy shine to them.

To care for your rubber tree just allow the surface of the soil to dry out in between watering. It thrives in lighting conditions from medium to bright. 

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