- Plants increase the amount of oxygen in the air. They absorb the carbon dioxide that we exhale and convert it to oxygen.
- Plants release water into the air which increases the humidity of our homes. It also decreases dry skin, sore throats, dry coughs, and colds.
- Plants purify the air in your home and remove up to 87% of toxins each day.
- Plants help us to heal and can speed up recovery in a hospital. That includes a decrease in the use of pain medications, a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, a decrease in anxiety and fatigue, and a quicker time to go home. If you have a loved one in the hospital, consider sending them a get well plant!
- Greenery can increase the attentiveness of students in a classroom by as much as 70%.
If you think you want to try some plants in your house, start off small with some easy to grow ones such as spider plants, ivy, or philodendrons. Make sure you water them when the soil is dry to the touch (every 2 weeks or so in the winter). If you need a reminder to water, just schedule it on your calendar.
To reap the above benefits, experts recommend you have 1 large plant (8 inch diameter pot) for every 100 square feet of your house. That may seem like a lot but over time you will find your collection of plants grows. I have some that are over 20 years old!!! Happy planting.