With the year we’ve all had we need all the comfort we can provide inside our homes.
My house plants are like old friends I see everyday. They give me so much enjoyment on both good days and bad.
And they help me get through a pandemic we never saw coming a year ago.
Enjoying & Taking Care Of My House Plants:
I walk around and check the leaves for ailments or bugs. And I show my appreciation for their beauty by attempting to keep them dust-free. If you don’t you’re inviting pests.
I watch to see how the light is affecting them. Sometimes you need to move them around to see where they’re most happy.
I often move mine around until they seem to be putting out new growth. Watch to see if their leaves look healthy and shiny, and they’re not growing leggy trying to get more light.
According to reporting from NBC News, research shows that plants really do lift your mood, lower stress, boost productivity and concentration. They also can clean up your air and even help you sleep.
House Plants Are Good For Your Well Being:
House plants are good for your health and well being in so many ways. When you’re spending a good deal of time indoors, that is very important.
Huddle your plants in groups and they will provide their own little rain forest, providing needed humidity for one another.
One of my favorite places to go (and one of the few stores I will enter because it is so open inside) is my local nursery. Walking among the house plants, I am always in awe of their beauty and how peaceful they make me feel.
When I leave I always seem to feel more relaxed.
Give House Plants As Gifts:
There are so many different types of house plants. A little something for everyone. Want to give someone who seems to have everything a gift?
Take a house plant over and set it down on their porch or door step, knock on the door, and step back. Then watch them open the door to find it so it doesn’t sit out in the cold. If you want to make it appear more festive, you can tie a ribbon around the pot.
You can even order live plants online. So you can always gift them that way as well.
Plants Liven Up A Room:
A cozy and loved home, in my way of thinking, always has house plants to liven it up. Bringing nature into our homes with live plants helps us both concentrate and relax.
After Christmas you’ll be looking for ways to warm up your home after the decorations are put away. Bring house plants into your rooms. Create a vignette with a few of them and your most beloved treasures.
Place a tall plant in an empty corner. Plants always help to round out and thus soften an angled space.
Place Plants Where You Can Enjoy Them Most:
As long as you have appropriate light, you can put one in the center of your table to enjoy while you eat meals. Hang a couple from the ceiling to keep curious cats out of them and to enjoy overhead.
If you have a window in your bathroom, bring a plant in that loves humidity. Ferns love this because they originally came from tropical regions. It will thank you for the droplets hanging in the air after you shower.
It helps to set the ferns in pebble-lined trays to increase humidity and keep the soil and roots out of the drained water.
Order A Pretty Pot That Fits In With Your Room Decor:
I’m not one to spend much money on pots. But recently I’ve ordered a few boho style pots from Amazon. It helps the plants blend into my decor.
I don’t like to disrupt my plants often by replanting unnecessarily. Sometimes that seems to upset their roots and they go into decline.
But eventually most plants will outgrow their current pot. You’ll know this when you see roots coming out the bottom of the pot’s drainage holes.
I don’t buy pots without drainage holes. Here are my tips for repotting your house plants.
Easy Plants To Grow Indoors:
Here are a few plants to get you going if you’re just starting your house plant journey. These are easy to grow and cost efficient.
- Monstera deliciosa (Swiss cheese plant): It is fairly inexpensive to buy a 12 inch Monstera and it grows quickly. So you could get some height and bountiful leaves in under 3 months.
- Epipremnum aureum (golden pothos or devil’s ivy): This is a great group of plants to get started with as they are relatively low maintenance. However, they are toxic to cats and dogs. So keep them away from curious pets.
- Hedera (ivy): Ivy is almost indestructible and has a good telltale sign when it needs watering as the leaves will look limp and soft. However, having said that, I don’t have good luck with this plant indoors. But ivy grows like crazy on my patio.
- Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant): These are great low maintenance plants, which need watering from the bottom perhaps once a week. Occasionally mist with water from a spray bottle. They sprout babies regularly off the end of their leaves that are easy to propagate.
Just because it’s too cold to garden outside does not mean that you have to stop enjoying plants. It just means you have to bring your hobby indoors.
Enjoy your house plants!