Season plants for interior spaces
Houseplants are Good for Your Mind and Body
How can houseplants make you feel better?
Plants purify stale indoor air so you can breathe easier. But their uplifting effects do not end there.
Scientists say, just being around houseplants, flowers, and even artfully arranged branches (more on that later) can significantly boost your mood, reduce stress, improve concentration including ADHD symptoms, and even relieve aches and pains.
While experts have not pinned down exactly why this happens, in a nutshell, they suspect humans are hard-wired to connect with nature and other life-forms for the mutually beneficial feel-good benefits. For instance, taking care of houseplants can increase your happiness. No kidding!
Tip: Want to make your entryway more inviting? Adding a few houseplants to your foyer gives a welcoming touch.
Mother Nature’s Powerful Air Fresheners
Snake-Plants-Bedroom. To bust the blues blahs, the best plants for you should suit your lifestyle and particular needs. For instance, let’s say you are looking for something fuss-free with superior air cleaning skills. Consider the low maintenance snake plant. It is an evergreen with tall sword-shaped leaves that thrives in dry conditions and indoor temperatures that range from 40 degrees to 80 degrees.
To keep this hardy plant looking its best, it needs medium to bright indirect light and water, about a 1/4 cup, every few weeks.
When it comes to airborne toxins, it is one of the top five plants for improving indoor air quality according to NASA researchers.
The snake plant has one more superpower. While most plants do not release fresh oxygen at night, it does. Did you know purified air can help you sleep better? You can place the snake plant’s bedside.
Tip: Are you allergic to mold? The English ivy plant can seriously reduce the amount of airborne mold in your space.
Ceropegia Woodii (Rosary Vine) is another lovely option to grow indoors. It is also incredibly striking — those beautiful trailing vines of heart-shaped leaves are positively swooning worthy and also hard working. They suck ozone, created by yucky smog, from polluted indoor air.
The plant can handle indoor temperatures above 45 degrees and flourishes under bright but indirect sunlight.
Warning, overwatering will certainly kill it. Before doing make certain that 30 percent of the soil (starting from the top) is dry. You can use a moisture meter to gauge when it is time to water.
While these plants are almost always in hanging planters, a tilted planter like the one shared above adds a dose of playful visual interest.
A peppermint plant can uplift your spirit big time. It is a good reason to keep one in your kitchen.
Research by neuroscientists revealed that peppermint’s aroma boosts mood, memory and also mental awareness. We also love the fact that this plant is easy to grow year-round indoors — just remember to keep the soil moist.
Tip: What is our favorite reason for growing a peppermint plant? A fresh sprig of mint will make your favorite beverages, hot or cold like chocolate, another mighty mood booster, more delicious.
It is a scientific fact that decorating with houseplants is a mood booster all year round.
There is also scientific proof that cute home accessories, including planters, can also uplift your spirits. That is why choosing a planter that also brings out the best in your plant, is a small but worth it victory.
African Mask Plant- Alocasia
For example, feast your eyes on this Alocasia Polly plant. We could gaze at those scalloped, heart-shaped leaves for days. See the attractive planter? It adds visual interest to the room and flatters the plant’s beauty.
When it comes to planting care, the Alocasia Polly is a little needy. A significant need to know, it will die if kept on a sunny and drafty windowsill. Bright, but indirect sunlight and room temperature hovering between 60 and 70 degrees are both keys for its survival. Lastly, frequent misting is a must when indoor air gets dry in the harmattan.
Sick of Succulents? Cactus-houseplants
Sick of succulents? Say hello to their prickly cousin the cactuses. Just like their fleshy leafed relatives, these plants come in many weirdly, incredible sizes and shapes, minus the leaves. Instead, most have sharp needles to repel hungry or thirsty predators.
There are around 2,000 types of cactuses, and most of them are in the succulent family (but many succulents are not cactuses- go figure.)
The mini cactus is a small space favorite. Its compact size makes it possible for anyone to create a modest windowsill garden. They are also really low maintenance — not to mention super adorable.
Many types of cactuses and succulents have root systems that stick to the top of the soil. When these plants are small, they can thrive in a vintage coffee mug
Trees for Urban Dwellers
Rubber tree in living room
Just because you live in a small apartment and do not have a yard does not mean you cannot grow a tree.
The rubber tree is a resilient indoor favorite that is also low maintenance. The trick is to start with a small young one that you can adapt to your space with pruning.
To keep this plant happy, it needs indirect sunlight in a spot that does not go below 55 degrees or above 80 degrees. It should be watered when the topsoil feels dry. The soil should be kept moist, not waterlogged, with weekly watering.
You will also want to give this tree’s leaves a little extra TLC by wiping with a clean damp cloth every month. Why? Consider it payback. Each leaf cleans the stale indoor air by scrubbing out nasty airborne bacteria and icky mold spores.
Coffee Pot Terrarium Equals Happiness
Behavioral studies on the topic of gardening have consistently linked the activity to increased happiness. But who says you have to dig in the dirt to boost your serotonin levels? Instead, when the weather outside is downright frightful, you can keep your chin up with an easy to make air plant terrarium.
For air plants to thrive there are three must know. First off, they do not need soil. Second, to keep them hydrated submerge them in a bowl of water for at least four hours. No worries about overwatering. They only absorb what they need. Afterward, let them dry off for several hours. Third, they need plenty of indirect sunlight and a light misting every few days.
You will love air plants because they are hard to kill. Also, you will appreciate that you can control how big air plants get with regular grooming. To do this, just trim their leaves and roots. No worries, it will not hurt them. See a coffee pot terrarium with mini air plants.
Florist Hydrangea-Potted Hydrangea
Hardy hydrangeas are some of the most reliable workhorses in the landscape. The so-called “florist’s hydrangea” is usually a Hydrangea macrophylla. Florist’s hydrangeas are forced into bloom for holidays and do not have a natural all-season blooming cycle. When the blooms fade, frustrated homeowners often trash the plant, but it may have a second life as a garden ornamental in partial shade. The forced blooms mean the plant probably won’t do anything but rest for a year, but where hardy it can thrive outdoors in moist areas.
Miniature roses (Rosa spp.) have increased in popularity in recent years as a longer-lasting alternative to cut roses as gift flowers. Their petite stature, even down to teacup-sized, gives them appeal on small desktops or narrow ledges. All roses, large or small, need a full day of direct sun to flourish. Miniature roses also need to stay moist, which can be a challenge in their tiny pots. Stressed plants attract spider mites readily, but if you want your miniature rose to last, plant it outdoors in the garden, and treat it as you would any hardy rose.
Flowers are Powerful
It is a no-brainer that receiving flowers can make you feel fantastic. But you may not know just displaying a fresh bouquet evokes positive feelings.
Psychology experts s the presence of flowers affects social behavior much more than you think from combating depression to soothing agitated or anxious behavior. And it makes sense. It is hard not to smile when you see a bright and colorful arrangement.
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