Plants with Benefits
Plants for the home have a way of freshening up the space. Besides being aesthetically pleasing they lift the overall quality of the room by all means. Not only do indoor plants enhance the overall appearance of a space, but they also boost moods, increase creativity, reduce stress, and eliminate air pollutants. And moreover making time to take care of plants for home is rewarding.
Scientific studies show that these have luscious greens as indoor plants increase productivity, health and wellbeing. Having indoor plants help one reciprocate the feeling of a walk in the park. Plants are perfect for reducing mental fatigue and relaxing.
Biophilia is becoming more and more relevant as urban environments continue to grow, especially with the increasing interference of technology in our lives. Humans possess an innate tendency to seek connection with other forms of life—whether that be other humans, nature, or animals. Indoor plants can improve indoor air quality in a few ways.
Through photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, while through transpiration and evapotranspiration, plants release moisture vapour and increase humidity. Plants at home can capture indoor pollutants and convert them into stored energy, releasing naturally filtered air as a byproduct.
These plants do this by absorbing the pollutants through their leaves and transmitting the toxins to their roots where they’re converted into a food source.
Indoor plants for reducing stress levels
Indoor plants can make one feel more comfortable, soothed, and natural. Plants could reduce both physiological and psychological stress.
Also, they help sharpen one sense and increase attention span. For people experiencing the symptoms of mental illness, indoor plants can be helpful.
Plants can be used to increase the relative humidity indoors, reduce noise, screen unattractive areas, and moderate room temperature
Plants Purify Air
The air purification ability of plants depends on factors such as the size of the plant, the size of the indoor space, and the number of toxins in the air.
They help rid the air of common toxins and indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene. Moreover, they establish a sense of accomplishment.
Choosing the perfect plant
Although plants release oxygen during the day, it is worth remembering that, at night, when photosynthesis stops, most plants switch things up and release carbon dioxide. Although some plants do the opposite and emit oxygen, making them perfect plants for the bedroom.
The Right Amount of Sun
Most indoor plants don’t like the direct midday sun, so it is necessary to take care of the same. At times too much sun can damage the plant, though there are ways to revive the same.
Inexpensive Decor for your home
Plants are an easy and gorgeous way to style up your living space. They can be draped, hanged, potted as per choice. A perfect balance between aesthetics and healthy living.
Some Indoors Plants:
- Snake Plant: Snake plant requires minimal care and has superior air purification qualities. It removes toxins and is counted among one of the few plants that also remove carbon dioxide at night. In other words, it continues to clean the air at home. Other varieties of the plant are Hahnii, Silver queen, Black gold extreme, Laurentii, Black coral, Congo, seafoam, Robusta, Black Coral. They are easy to maintain and flourish under both bright and indirect light. They can survive in fry and poor soil conditions.
- Peace Lilly: Peace Lilly is an indoor plant that has elegant dark green leaves, fragrant flowers. They are easy to maintain thrives best in the shade as they require less sunlight. The soil needs to be moist and watering is required, although only once a week. Other variants of peace Lilly are Domino Peace Lily, Jetty Peace Lily, Little Angel Peace Lily, Patricia Peace Lily, Piccolino Peace Lily.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is known as Miracle Plant as they are known for having medicinal properties that rejuvenate, soothe and heal the human body. Aloe is one of the indoor plants that are stemless with thick and fleshy leaves with serrated margins. The plant grows indoors successfully as a potted plant and is resistant to most insects and pests. It requires a moderate level of care to ensure it doesn’t shrivel up with too much watering or burn out under too much sunlight. It requires bright, sunny conditions to grow well. It grows best when grown in potted plants. Aloe vera plants cannot tolerate standing water as it is a succulent plants.
- Lucky Bamboo Plant: The bamboo plant is believed to bring happiness and prosperity. The plant grows up to 2-3 feet in height and is of much relevance in Fen Shui as it represents luck, fortune and honour. According to Feng Shui, the positive effect of the Lucky Bamboo differs with the number of stalks tied together with each stalk representing different levels of prosperity and gains. They require a moderate level of care such as being placed in clean waters at all times especially since the plant is susceptible to chemicals. It cannot grow under direct sunlight. Lucky Bamboo requires a moderate level of care. One of the critical things you would need to bear in mind is that Lucky bamboo plants need to be placed in clean water all the time. Since the plant is susceptible to chemicals; any traces of chlorine or fluoride in the water will end up affecting the leaves and turning them yellow or brown.
- Ferns: Ferns are counted among one of the oldest species of plants on earth, dating back to prehistoric times. Ferns belong to a group of vascular seeds, that bear neither flowers nor seeds. With a lush green canopy of leaves, they provide an ornamental value. In addition, they also remove chemical pollutants from the atmosphere and heavy metals especially arsenic, from the soil.
- Grape Ivy: Then consider this plant; it’s a climbing ornamental plant, that adds a touch of green and reduces cooling costs it secretes calcium carbonate which serves as a natural adhesive pad and enables Grape Ivy to attach itself to a wall without requiring additional support.
- Areca Palm: Areca Palm is a perfect choice for an indoor plant because it has multiple stems emerging from the base, arched green leaves in the shape of a butterfly, functions as a humidifier.
- Money Plant: The commonly held belief is that while the plant thrives at one home it tends to reduce argument and conflicts and bring in prosperity.
- Heartleaf Philodendron: It has dark green, shiny heart-shaped leaves which look great on a tabletop or even as a hanging plant. It has several other factors going for it as well; it thrives on neglect, is impossible to kill, and removes toxins from the air as well
- Green Spider Plant: Spider plants have leaves that look like blades of grass with streaks of different colours either in the centre or at the edges. They are extremely easy to care for. They are susceptible to direct sunlight but grow even under artificial lighting and requires daily watering.
- Weeping Fig: It is renowned for its elegant growth and can easily withstand poor growing conditions and rid home of formaldehyde gasses. The plant does well both in bright sunlight as well as in shade.
Thus plants only improve lifestyles, even if slightly with other added benefits they have are just as impressive. Indoor plants add colour and liveliness to your space, but they also change the physical aspects of the environment in pleasant ways.