Houseplants are a wonderful addition to your home. Unlike outdoor garden plants, houseplants are the greenery inside your home so they require a bit more work for a harmonious life with them . When a plant grows outdoors, the nature itself does a big part of work. Outdoor plants aren’t space restricted, that’s why they can grow big, get rid of excess water or reach a bigger water supply with their roots. Also even the shadiest garden offers more light than an indoor plant can get through a window. With houseplants you have to take nature’s work upon yourself. It is true even for the most forgiving plants, especially if you want them to flourish, not merely survive.
Watering houseplants is just the top of the iceberg. You will also need to feed, dust and turn them once in a while and provide the optimal level of humidity – all that according to their individual needs. If you are truly putting your soul into it, and your little garden is thriving, you will likely want to deal with cutting and repotting. Also don’t forget that if you are planning to leave for more than a week, there will be a need for finding someone that can take proper care of your houseplants in your absence.
Obviously, when we talk about having plants at home, we are talking about some sort of commitment. But let’s face the truth: no one would dedicate their time and effort to something that doesn’t provide any kind of pleasure or benefits. And when it comes to houseplants, the benefits are numerous.
What are the reasons to get houseplants in the first place? They can significantly improve your quality in so many ways.
Houseplants are not only some pretty additions to your interior, they can actually improve the quality of the air you breathe.
The range of benefits for your wellbeing may surprise you. Plants are equally good for your body and for your mind. So what exactly do they offer?
There’s more to having a plant, you are basically bringing the outside inside. What is the payoff?
Now that you know the benefits of having houseplants, the idea of filling your home with this air-purifying goodness might sound tempting like never before. Note, however, that the choice of the plants is something that needs to be taken seriously. This is not only because all of them require individual approach. The thing is that some kinds of houseplants may pose potential hazard for kids, pets or elderly people with dementia.
These plants may not be a problem for a household with only adults. It does, however, pose problems for children and/or pets because they are curious explorers of the surroundings who are not aware of the potential dangers and might try to taste everything.
Plants such as aloe, lily, dieffenbachia or dracaena are definitely beautiful additions to the interior and real champs in air-humidifying. But their leaves, when ingested or even touched (in some toxic plants), can cause poisoning. That’s why it’s so important to keep toxic houseplants out of reach of anyone who might want to play with them, touch or squeeze their leaves, eat their flowers, berries or soil and taste the sap. However, if there’s no way you can prevent exposure of kids or pets to the potentially dangerous plants, it is better to choose safer options.
Safety tips for those who have poisonous plants at home:
Out of reach: Place toxic plants in rooms where children and pets aren’t allowed.
Plants aren’t toys: Instruct your kids that they should never touch crush or taste parts of ANY houseplant.
Hazardous waste: Always make sure that kids or pets won’t have access to the clipped leaves after you trim the plants.
Wash your hands: Right after you finish your houseplant care routine, don’t forget to wash your hands. Wearing gloves during the process is even better.
Now that you know how to keep your kids, pets and yourself absolutely safe, let’s consider how to make your friends in the pot equally happy and well.
Going away for holidays? The simplest solution is to put all the plants together in a darker place, prune them, clean leaves by wiping them with a moist towel and water them generously just before you leave. Placing them together will create more humidity in the surrounding so they will require less water. This can work for up to two weeks depending on your plants.
Match your plants with your experience. Start with low-maintenance types first, so that you don’t let each other down. You can go for something stylish and robust like snake plant or spider plant. They will tolerate lower light and lower humidity.
Indoor plants bring beauty into your house. They make the air you breathe better and are a real boost to your well-being. So why not consider enhancing the quality of your life while making your place look absolutely great?