HAPPY EARTH DAY! Today I’m going to talk about why you need plants in your home. Plus I’ll share how to choose them and where to put them. And NO, it’s not just because they are pretty…but they totally are!
Why You Need Plants In Your Home
Indoor plants do more than just look good, add life to your decor, and bring in nature. They help you! First, they clean the air. It’s no secret plants add more oxygen the air. Thankfully, many indoor friendly plants do a lot more than as they filter out harmful gases inside your home.
Plants remove toxins from air, according to NASA research. Up to 87% percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours . VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound.
Air conditioning, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. NASA research found plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant. (Are you impressed yet?)
Your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Since plants to the opposite, this makes them our PERFECT companions. Simply adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.
Plants Make You Feel Better
A powerful reason to keep plants indoors is because patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and are released from the hospital sooner.
The Dutch Product Board for Horticulture commissioned a workplace study which discovered adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms. Another study by the Agricultural University of Norway, sickness rates fell by more than 60 percent in offices with plants.
Where to Put Indoor Plants
So this leads me to where to put your indoor plants in your home. You’ll want to put them in areas you do a lot of living near windows, on window sills, and hanging in your home.
I like to choose plants that help filter air and gases that may be released when cooking all over the kitchen. In the bathroom you may use air plants, orchids, and succulents.
At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. However there are a few plants – orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads that do just the opposite. They take in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. For this reason you want to put lots of these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night! You may also want to avoid other plants in sleep areas.
Another important fact to consider when choosing where to put indoor plants are pets and children. Be sure to look up the toxicity of each and every plant you choose for your home. This doesn’t mean you cannot have highly beneficial plants that happen to be toxic.
That’s exactly where hanging pots and planters come in handy! My cat loves to eat any and every plant or cut flower I bring into my home, but kitty can’t jump that high or fly….yet. So I put non pet safe plants in hanging planters.
It’s also a great idea to keep a few plants places you always have to look. These two plants greet me daily as I wash my morning tea cup. They are the first to wilt a little from lack of water. If I notice that wilt I immediately water them and check all the plants in my home.
I have noticed that you may need to water indoor plants a little more than recommended. Indoor air is usually dryer and since they are doing such a good adding moisture to the air (releasing up to 97% of their water) it’s important to put your finger in the soil and check if they are too dry. Keep watering just a little at one time, but check back frequently.
Violet’s in self watering pots are perfect for your windows and tables. Not only are they beautiful, but they are almost always flowering.
Here Are Some Pet Safe Indoor Plants
The following plants are non-toxic to both cats and dogs:
1. Blue Echeveria
3. Areca or Golden Palm
4. Burro’s Tail or Lamb’s Tail
5. Christmas Cactus
6. Cliff Brake or Button Fern
7. Hens and Chickens
8. Pearl Plant
9. Pony Tail Palm
10. Spice Orchid
Now get to the comments and let us know your favorite indoor plants and any tips you have for keeping them alive.