Whether it's due to lockdown, or just a love for their gorgeous goodness, we’ve been seeing an increase in homes choosing to add a dose of indoor greenery with the use of houseplants.
Houseplants can help achieve a stylish look in a room, but beyond aesthetics, they can also positively affect your health. For example, houseplants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, helping us breathe better, with research from NASA suggesting that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours.
Not only will plants improve your physical health, but they can also contribute to better mental health as well. Looking at greenery is proven to be a natural mood booster, helping to relieve stress and anxiety. As well as being visually pleasing, nurturing and caring for plants can also give us a sense of accomplishment and purpose. There is no better feeling than seeing your plant grow and sprout a new leaf!
With an increased amount of us having to create a space to work from home due to the pandemic, now is a great time to transform an uninspiring room into a more positive workspace. A study from Exeter University found that indoor plants increase productivity levels by 47% by helping improve concentration.
As clever and beautiful as they are, plants can be complex to care for, each having different watering requirements and placement preferences. For a light space, some sun lovers are yucca, jade, and ponytail palm. For a darker room, pothos, prayer plants and dracaena may be better suited. For the plant newbies, a good place to start your collection is with succulents and cacti as they only need a light misting of water every week or so. Other low maintenance plants to try are kalanchoe, philodendrons and ZZ plant.
So whether you're just starting out at plant parenthood, or you're a seasoned pro remember, when it comes to houseplants, there's no such thing as less is more!