Indoor plants are essential to every interior design. Greenery brightens up indoor spaces and are known to have mood-boosting qualities. Indoor plants are popular because they are relatively easy to take care of, provide health benefits and can be used in a variety of indoor décor themes. Indoor plants are a great option for those who have little yard space for an outdoor garden or for those who live in climates with severely cold winters.
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Why you need plants in your home and office
Houseplants are good for your health — and not just for their visual beauty. They essentially do the opposite of what we do when we breathe: release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This not only freshens up the air, but also eliminates harmful toxins. Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 per cent of air toxin in 24 hours. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your work space, too.
Interior plants offer businesses a simultaneously natural and beautiful addition to their interior while benefiting the overall well-being of employees. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors. By incorporating plant life into the design of your space, your staff will be able to enjoy nature’s beauty and the many physical and psychological benefits of office plants.
At work, place plants, especially those with broad leaves, on your desk; they will help regulate humidity and increase levels of positivity — seeing greenery and nature help us feel more relaxed and calm, which in turn benefits your every day mood. Indoor plants serve a practical and aesthetic purpose, and will enhance your life.
Benefits of Indoor Plants
- Boost your mood, productivity, concentration and creativity
- Help clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity & producing oxygen
- Reduce your stress, fatigue, sore throats and colds
- Are therapeutic to care for
- Add life to a sterile space, give privacy and reduce noise levels
- Plants may improve the quality of indoor air, reducing airborne dust levels
- Keeps air temperatures down
- Overwatering or underwatering
- Light Levels (either not enough light or too much light)
Bugs on your indoor plants can be really annoying! If you spot pests, go to a garden center and purchase an insecticidal soap, which usually is contained in a spray bottle. When you notice bugs, spray the entire plant – the undersides and tops of the leaves as well as the stem.
Next, wait about two weeks and repeat the spraying. Then, wait two more weeks and spray again. You will want to spray three times because the soap usually will not eliminate eggs, which could hatch. If your plant is dealing with a severe infestation and you are unable to eradicate the pests, throw out the plant. You can also use a damp paper towel to remove a pest.
Over-watering is a common mistake, and you will want to make sure the plant actually requires water now or if it should wait until later. Here are some ways to see if it’s time to water:
- Soil probe – This probe will draw out soil, which will help you understand how dry the soil is below the surface.
- Moisture meter – This tool tells you, on a scale, how dry soil is.
- Lifting the plant up – Heaviness signifies the plant has enough water, but lightness signifies the plant is dry.
- Wilting – Wilting typically happens because the plant is not getting sufficient water. Lift the plant to see if it is light in weight or if it’s heavy.
- Tipping – If the leaf edges begin browning and are crispy to the touch, the plant likely needs water. If the leaf edges are becoming brown but feel mushy, the plant has likely gotten too much water.
- Yellow leaves – Yellow leaves may also signify that a plant has too much or too little water, but this is not always the case.
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