I think we can all agree that a little bit of natural greenery can be aesthetically pleasing in any room.
However, if you’re anything like me, you’d also agree that actually keeping a plant alive is way more difficult than it should be. I mean, c’mon – you water it every now and then and keep it in sunlight. That all sounds pretty simple, right?
Well then let me ask you this: if it’s so simple, then why is it SO HARD for me to take care of a plant? They always die. Clearly I can’t get a pet anytime soon if I can’t even keep a plant alive…
But despite my track record of killing plants, I’d like to share with you something that makes me want to incorporate household plants into my living space again. Indoor plants can actually serve more purposes than just enhancing the physical appearance of a space… many more.
And now that you might or might not have some old Valentine’s Day flowers that are starting to droop, I figure it’s the perfect time to discuss the reasons why you might want to revive those flowers or buy some new ones.
Benefits of Indoor Plants
1. Help reduce stress and increase productivity
Yep… it’s been scientifically proven. A study out of Texas A&M University found that people working in an environment with plants are 12 percent more productive and less stressed than those working in an environment without plants.
2. Help improve air quality
Most people already know this. However, what I didn’t already know was that plants improve air quality in multiple ways. They reduce carbon dioxide levels, increase humidity, reduce levels of pollutants like benzene and nitrogen dioxide, and reduce airborne dust levels.
3. Lower background noise
This is a whole new benefit of indoor plants that I had never heard of. A study conducted by Ambius, a company that offers plant services for interior business environments, and a postgraduate student from South Bank University in London found that certain plants and their leaves can absorb, diffract and/or reflect background noise.
And now that we’ve talked about WHY plants are great to incorporate into your living space, let’s discuss which plants are the hardest to kill!:)
According to the wonderful blog, Mr. Kate, the following are the toughest household plants on the market.
– Succulents. You only have to water these babies once a month in the winter and once every couple of weeks in the summer. Succulents Canada sells collections like the one below for only $35.
– Golden Pothos (also known as “devil’s ivy”). These plants do well in bright, indirect light, so basically in any space where you can read a book without having to turn a light on. Their vines look awesome when wrapped around things, or even just hanging freely. You can buy it at Home Depot for around $15.
– Peace Lily. This plant is known as the closet plant. Why? It needs very minimal light. Another great thing about it is that it has a pretty little flower that will droop when it’s in need of water, but bounces right back up as soon as it’s replenished.
– Cast Iron Plant. This soldier of a plant gets its name from being able to survive any indoor lighting and conditions. It’s nature at its toughest… besides hurricanes, volcanoes, tornadoes and tsunamis, of course.
Well… that’s my two cents about why we all should invest in some indoor plants and which ones we should invest in. I really think there is so much you can do with plants and flowers in terms of home decor, but I know that I, personally, am not savvy nor dedicated enough to really pull it off. Hopefully this inspires you just a little (if not a lot) to add some nature to the inside of your walls.
And hey, if indoor plants purify the air, increase productivity, make you more relaxed and reduce distracting noise, why not take advantage of them? They’ll only make you more fabulous than you already are. 😉
Happy Friday. Stay fabulous. xo
Sources: http://www.she-genius.com/tag/plant-murderer/, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17553465-pieces-of-truth, http://www.succulents.ca/crassula-collection.html, http://ecohomeresource.com/2009/11/green-your-home-by-greening-yo.html, http://www.flowersqueensny.com/roommate-is-a-peace-lily-leaves-fresh-and-green.html, http://cdn.calyxflowers.com/Images/Floral-Library/finalMedium/castironplant.jpg