Indoor plants: let’s make room for nature
Making space for indoor plants can be a joyful experience. They give fresh aesthetic looks and multiple benefits.
If you are a nature lover then you can’t avoid yourself attracted by green fellows i.e. plants. You don’t need any tons of square footage of the house to make room for these green fellows of nature; a minimal space could be enough for them. Indoor plants are easy to care for as compared to outside gardening. Whether you are eager for greenery or not, but it's a fact that plants have multiple positive impacts on the environment. That’s why an interior designer never ignores the importance of indoor plants while designing any working area, hospitals, flats, or a room. You can use them in different indoor decorating ideas. They provide a chic, aesthetic color to the interior.
Benefits of indoor plants
What these indoor plants do with us if you don’t know then let’s take a glimpse at those benefits which they provide to us when we give them space under the same roof.
Indoor plants may help us in lowering our “physiological and psychological stress” by making us feel more calm and relaxed.
“Horticulture therapy”, a kind of therapy for mental peace and feeling good by planting/gardening. People suffering from any mental illness like “depression, anxiety, or dementia” can get feelings of well-being by indoor planting.
A magical benefit of indoor plants, especially in hospitals is helping in “speed recovery from surgery and illness”. The presence of real plants inside the hospital’s rooms, make the overall environment so natural and hopeful that patients get pleasant and positive energies from their surroundings. This positivity and hope play a vital role in fast recovery.
Indoor plants may help in “improving concentration and focus”. If you want to be more attentive in your work, then make space for them in your working area.
Their presence may boost productivity and creativity too. So if you desire to be more efficient in working, then don’t forget to welcome these green beauties in your workplace.
Moreover, they may contribute to “improve the work efficiency of employees”. Studies have shown that “effects of nature” such as “sunlight and indoor plants” in a working environment, can be beneficial in lowering the job stress among employees and improve their entire attitude towards work.
Last but not the least, they provide filtered and improved quality of air in your rooms through photosynthesis. In this phenomenon, plants absorb carbon dioxide from the surroundings and provide oxygen to us which also does an air purifying process.
Let’s discuss some indoor plants that can bring heaven to our interiors.
When I was a child, I used to be very fascinated by the name of this plant. I was introduced to this for the very first time when my mother brought it and placed it in an old glass bottle with plenty of water. I used to think when these leaves would turn into literal “money”? But its yellow-tinted leaves looked like coins in my imagination, grew so quickly that it became a beautiful hanging decoration. Hence this money plant doesn’t give you any money, but it purifies the air of your surroundings and gives a decorating appearance.
Aloe Vera is known as a remedial plant because of its health and healing properties. It is from the cactus family. This spiky plant has miracle gel inside it. It needs minimal water but proper sunshine to grow. This unique looking plant not only gives your interior an amazing look but also cleans the air.
By its name, it sounds scary to me but by the appearance, it’s such a beauty. The snake plant looks unique, resembles the skin of reptiles. You can easily style your room by placing it at any corner or where you want to. It is very easy in care, needs very little water and low light conditions.
Another interesting name of an indoor plant is the rubber plant, sometimes its sap is used in the making of rubber so it is called by this name. Its glossy leaves not only allure the interior but also cleanse the air from toxins such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. The rubber plant needs dim light, sufficient water, and trimming.
An air purifier and spider mite repellent: I am not telling about any chemical or electric product here, actually, these are the qualities of bamboo palm plant. This plant grows straight up like bamboo and needs indirect sunlight and regular water. Its bright green color provides freshness to your room.
The beauty of nature is incomplete without flowers, as we are discussing the indoor plants then how can we forget the indoor flowering plants. Chrysanthemums have bright colored flowers that bring beauty to your indoors. You have to place them in a bright spot, avoid direct sunlight, and keep the soil moist. This plant purifies the indoor air round the clock, can remove harmful compounds, formaldehyde, and benzene, from the surrounding.
If you want low maintenance flowering plant then go with peace-lily. The best thing about this plant is its beautiful white flowers; those continue to bloom all year for giving a charm to your interior. It requires low light conditions and a cool spot.
Care of indoor plants
As these indoor plants are doing great with us so we should take care of them in the best way. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while taking care of indoor plants.
Water them regularly but avoid overwatering. Before giving water, check the soil by touching it to determine whether it is moist or dry and then water them according to requirement. Always keep this thing in mind that excess water can destroy your plants.
Mostly indoor plants don’t need direct sunlight as it can burn them. Indirect sunlight is always a safe option for them.
They need repotting and fertilizers according to their growth and requirements. Avoid over-fertilizing.
Making space for indoor plants can be a joyful experience. Their bright colors give freshness to our eyes and provide aesthetic looks to the interior. Whether it is related to stress release or quick recovery, boosting creativity/productivity, or improving air quality, these blessings from nature are making our surroundings happy and healthy. Taking adequate care of these indoor plants is the only way to say ‘thanks to them’.