There are so many wonderful benefits that you can gain from growing your own indoor plants. Here are our top seven:
Indoor plants can:
- reduce stress, anxiety and have a calming effect on your mind and body. Indoor plants are known to reduce your heart rate and blood pressure,
- improve concentration and productivity,
- purify the air by removing airborne toxins and producing oxygen,
- boost your immunity and general well-being,
- stimulate healing and are considered powerful Feng Shui remedies,
- bring a room or space ‘to life’, making it more attractive, and
- enhance your creativity and imagination.
It’s important to feel close to nature and have something ‘alive’ and green in your home, especially if you live in a small place. Even if you live in a large house or apartment, by adding a few plants to your living space you will start to notice an improvement in your mood and a calming effect on your surroundings!
Plants provide a sense of peace and tranquillity. Being close to nature has proven to reduce stress, anxiety and other mental health issues which are on the rise today, particularly in highly populated urban areas. For many people, having indoor plants is one of the best (and cheapest!) ways to improve overall health and state of mind.
Having indoor plants, or even creating an indoor garden, can become your personal refuge from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Which plants are good for indoors?
It is recommended that you buy plants which adapt to the way you live. For instance, if you have a dark room then low-light options like dracaena, pothos, prayer plants are good. If the room has a lot of sunlight, then plants such as jade, yucca and ponytail palm are great.
Alternatively, you can opt for artificial plants which still provide aesthetic and calming effects without the hassle of ongoing maintenance. They will never die and their leaves will never go brown!
Things to consider:
- start with easy plants to maintain, such as succulents or cacti,
- avoid overwatering which can lead to rotting of the plant’s roots; people kill plants this way,
- rotate your plants around every week so they grow evenly and don’t become lopsided,
- use a wet cloth to remove dust from the leaves and leave them to dry,
- don’t fertilise in the Winter, only in Spring or Summer,
- use saucers for capturing excess water,
- cut off the brown parts to tidy up.
Indoor plants are an important part of any successful interior design. By combining them with other elements, such as using different types and colours, you can create an environment that is visually appealing and healthy.
There are many options available to create your ideal ‘green’ indoor space.
Go and create your beautiful indoor sanctuary!