As property managers in Hobart, we take an interest in all things related to house and home. We were therefore fascinated when we stumbled across scientific articles on the health benefits of having indoor plants. Researchers have discovered that indoor plants do so much more than just act as attractive décor items. How can indoor plants, be good for your health? Here’s what we discovered.
Amazing Benefits Claimed
A scientific literature review that sums up research findings on our affinity with nature and plants, tells us about some of the benefits of spending time in spaces where plants grow.
According to the report, plants:
- Reduce our stress levels
- Improve our attention span
- Help us to recover from stress and trauma
But plants don’t just make us feel good, they may also:
- Extend the human lifespan
- Hep us to feel a greater sense of physical wellness
You can find the references the authors of the paper used if you would like to follow them up.
To be fair, the paper also includes information based on how good we feel after spending time in wilderness areas or cultivated gardens.
So, What About Indoor Plants?
The journal Environmental Health Perspectives published a paper summarizing the ways that house plants clean the air. It’s not just the fact that they make more oxygen than they consume: indoor plants remove dust and particulate pollutants like soot from indoor air.
Pollutant gases from construction materials, furniture and carpets have raised concerns in recent years, but experts at NASA say that plants absorb these gases from the air too.
Other research conducted in office environments seems to show that indoor plants have similar benefits to our overall wellbeing as those suggested in the broader context we discussed a few paragraphs back.
Plants make us feel happier, and we’re more productive too. Apparently, office workers can be up to 15 percent more productive if they work in an area decorated with houseplants.
Easy-to-Grow Air Cleaning Plants to Make You Feel Good
Any plant growing in your space is going to make you feel better than you would have if you’d had no plants. But some plants are notable for their air-cleaning ability. They’re pretty too! Look out for these air-cleaning indoor plants:
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevirea): This succulent makes a bold statement with its tall, structural leaves. The speckled and green forms can tolerate low light, but the variegated ones will need a spot near a window. It won’t mind if you only water it once every two or three weeks.
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum): Striking, heart-shaped variegated leaves make this plant a winner. Grow it up a moss pole to give it height or trim the long ends of the shoots off to encourage a bushy, cascading habit.
Bamboo or Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus): The arching leaves of the bamboo palm make an elegant statement. This plant needs bright, indirect light. Go big, or buy young ones to use as table top pot plants.
Other winners include: Rubber trees, banyans and wild figs (Ficus), Dragon Trees (Dracaena), various ferns, Ivies, and Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum).
Wishing You Happy, Healthy Indoor Gardening!
With so many benefits in store from plants that beautify your space, it makes sense to try your hand at a little indoor gardening. Have fun, and remember to choose drip trays, pot sleeves, or semi-hydroponic pots that don’t let moisture seep out onto your furniture, carpets, or floor.
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