Plants To Make your Home Happy

Plants are so important to our health and wellbeing both inside and outside the home, they boost happiness, are calming, help you sleep better and clean the air you breathe.  I am going to focus on indoor plants with this blog and outline the benefits, while throwing in a few fun ideas to get houseplants into your house. 

Are you thinking right now that every plant you get dies?  Do not give up, there are plants that are hard to kill, like cacti and succulents.  So, you can still reap the benefits of having a house plant without having to give them too much time, care, and attention, spray these guys with water once a week and you are good to go. They are worth the responsibility… trust me, and you will see why after reading this blog.

Succulents

Plants clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide that our bodies do not need and release oxygen.  They also release phytochemicals that suppress mould spores and bacteria in the air.  One thing that you should note when selecting plants for certain rooms in your house is that at night some plants switch to releasing carbon dioxide and absorb oxygen, except for Orchids, succulents, and aloe vera, so make these your choice for the bedroom.  Succulents are great for workspaces too as they can jazz up your desk without taking up too much space, as well as being hard to kill.

Mini Indoor Greenhouses

These can be great additions to your kitchen, and allow you to grow your own herbs, fruit, and veggies from seed.  Some say they are a gardener’s best friend.  These will start you off on your herb garden adventure, not only will it smell great but its edible too.  Growing your own food has its benefits too, its healthier, saves money and gives you a sense of accomplishment.  When your mental health benefits so does our physical health.  With plants around you have cleaner air, you feel more relaxed, which in turn helps you sleep better.  All these physical benefits give your immune system a natural boost. 

Indoor Jungle

I am a huge fan of large plants and living walls indoors, it is the perfect way to add some interest to your home and create different levels.  If you think normal sized house plants give you all those health benefits we talked about, imagine what large ones will do!  Go for plants like Monstera (the swiss cheese plant), Boston ferns, fiddle leaf figs, Areca palms and rubber plants for the giant effect.  If you’re looking to shop local the best place for these type of plants is www.mementofloraldesign.com based on the Ormeau Road in Belfast, plants don’t get much better than this and the staff are full of info on how to love your plants. 

I know we don’t all have a giant wall like this one in the image below, but it was just too cool not to share.  

Terrariums

These are fun to make and allow you to have a tiny indoor garden.  There’s no better feeling than creating your own garden and watching it grow.  Click the image to book yourself onto a locally run workshop and create your own. 

Caring for your Plants

I’m sure after reading this blog you have done all of the above, now that you’ve got all your plants, here comes the most rewarding part……. watching them grow.  To do that you have to take care of them and because plants reduce stress the last thing we want is to cause any, so here are a few tips to help you with your plant parenting.

Watering – what ever you do, do not over water your plants, you can save a dry plant but you cannot save a plant that has been overwatered, root rot sets in and its bye bye plant baby.  The easiest way to find out if your plant needs watered is if you poke your finger into the soil about two thirds of the way up your finger, and if the soil sticks, and feels damp it doesn’t need watered.  However, because humidity affects plants especially in the winter with our central heating on give the leaves a wee mist with water and that will keep it happy.

Diagnosis – If your plant looks sick and you have no idea why download the app Picture This onto your phone, you will find the link to the app on the website just click this link https://www.picturethisai.com/ I always use this app to tell me how to care for it, what conditions it likes, if its poisonous to pets (always check this before buying any plants if you have pets), what’s wrong with it if it looks sick and how to help it get better.  Its also a great app if you are out and about and you see a plant but unsure what it is called, just take a picture and let the app do the rest, kind of like shazam for the plant world. 

Talk to them – When people say they talk to their plants to help them grow, it is not because they like a wee story or two (although maybe they do who really knows), it’s because they thrive on the carbon dioxide we breathe out and then we thrive on their oxygen.  Everybody wins!