Houseplants: Turn Over a New Leaf

It’s National Houseplant Appreciation Day, which may seem like a strange thing to celebrate, but as our leafy green friends do wonders for our wellbeing I thought it was worth a quick mention.

Our Instagram and Pinterest newsfeeds continue to be filled with beautiful interiors, and you can bet your bottom dollar there’s a Fiddle-Leaf-Fig, Swiss Cheese Plant, Terrarium of succulents or ceiling suspended Philodendron in the background somewhere. So why don’t more of us have them at home? Could it be due to our unique ability to accidentally kill houseplants shortly after they cross the threshold to our homes? Possibly.

If this rings true with you, you’re definitely not alone; I’ve had enough orchids die on me over the years to feel like never buying a plant again! I’ve over-watered, under-watered, over-exposed to sunlight and even kept one plant in the bathroom in the hope that the steam would keep its soil consistency ‘just right’. Alas, I’m afraid to report that none of these plants survived. However, I did learn from my mistake, which was not reading up on the plant beforehand and hoping for the best. Something I think many of us are guilty of doing.

This all changed when I discovered the book: At Home With Plants by Ian Drummond and Kara O’Reilly. It’s practical, inspiring and educational, and will look great on your coffee table too! Not only does it teach you about the different types of plants, but it breaks them down into rooms and areas of the home, such as shelves, mantle pieces and bathrooms, it has all of the do’s and don’ts for an optimal life as well as maintenance tips. It’s a real game-changer and I highly recommend it.

Not only do these plants brighten up our space, but they also boost our moods as we bring a little bit of nature into our homes. Their CO2-loving properties help to remove some of the pollutants in the air, releasing more O2 into our rooms. In fact, NASA revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87% air toxins within 24 hours. Studies also show our concentration levels increase, stress levels decrease and general wellbeing improves when surrounded by houseplants.

I recommend starting small, and with succulents, as they seem to be the easiest to look after. Bring one into work for your desk or introduce one to your living room. They make great gifts too!

Have a great day.

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