The Benefits of Houseplants and Why You Should Have One

Houseplants are great for decorating and design. They are also low-cost and add life to any home. Many don’t realize that houseplants can do much more though! Here are additional benefits to having houseplants that will convince you to buy one.

Houseplants Improve Air Quality

There are many harmful chemicals that are found in homes, and houseplants purify the air of those toxins. Some common chemicals are formaldehyde (found in particle board, foam insulation, and cleaning products), benzene (found in paints, dyes, plastics, rubber, and detergents), and trichloroethane (found in varnishes, paints, and adhesives). Houseplants remove the majority of these toxins in only 24 hours.

Today, people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, so air quality is vital to modern life! Houseplants also generate more oxygen for the indoor air, helping you to breathe easier. They also regulate the humidity and give off a pleasant aroma.

Houseplants Improve Health

Patients in hospitals tend to have a lower blood pressure and heart rate when they have plants in their room. They are also released sooner than those who don’t have plants in their room. Even having houseplants in your home can help you recover faster.

It has also been proven that having something to care for improves mental health. Caring for houseplants improves positivity and lowers stress levels, much like caring for a pet. It is an opportunity to look outside of ourselves for the benefit of something else and be filled with a sense of purpose.

Great Starter Plants

If you are like me and are afraid of killing plants before they can even grow, try a hardy plant that is easy to care for and doesn’t require excessive maintenance. Here are a handful of great starter plants.

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Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa)

Water Wax plants every few weeks and give them plenty of sunlight. It may take a while for them to bloom, but when they do they have gorgeous, star-shaped flowers.

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Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Water Spider plants every week or two (requiring more water in warmer weather) and keep them in lower, indirect lighting. If the tips of the leaves start turning brown, it’s time to water.

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Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Snake plants like more light, but can go weeks without water. They are one of the best plants for purifying the air.

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Air Plant (Tillandsia)

These are wonderful because they don’t even need soil to grow! Just mist them and the air around them about once a week.

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Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Ponytail palms need regular sunshine and can go without water for weeks. Overwatering can lead to root rot and kill the plant. They can grow to be three feet tall, but they will remain smaller in a confined pot.

See a larger list of care instructions here.

There are many different plants that thrive indoors and will benefit your home, and with spring finally starting to come around, a bit of extra life inside can improve the air you breathe and your quality of life. There are many different stores and greenhouses that can provide you with all the resources you need to make your houseplants at home within your own home.

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I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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