As I sit here at the computer, with the rain thundering down outside in the first few days of the start of our winter months, I reflect on how much time we now spend, indoors, at this time each year.
Our days are shorter and our homes become our havens as we settle in for those cosy nights and hunker down on those cold blustery days. We spend a lot more time indoors and so it’s important that our homes bring us a sense of calm, peace, joy and security, that we look forward to coming home and its walls wrap around us. Creating this is purely an individual thing, but there should always be………...plants, plants, plants!!
Plants inside bring a sense of calm, make us happy, are quiet companions and best of all, work for us, helping make our homes healthier by purifying the air. In 1989 Nasa conducted a Clean air Study along with the Associated landscapers of America to find the most effective common plants to help filter toxins and pollutants from the air.
Snake plants, Peace lily, Dwarf date palm, Spider plants, weeping fig and red edge Draceana were just some of the plants that were found to do this.Not only do plants increase the oxygen in our homes, but their root systems are incredibly effective at removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs such as Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene are found in everyday materials like paint, carpets, and plastics. NASA discovered that houseplants act as natural air purifiers and can remove up to 87% of toxins in a day.
So not only are our plants good looking & fun to have around, they also work hard for our benefit. No wonder then that they are gaining popularity in our homes today as people are discovering their benefits. Well worth a little bit of your time now and then to water and feed them and check on their health and generally show them some love.
Plant tip for the month: as we have shorter hours of sunlight in our day, your plants will be gravitating to whatever they can find in the way of warmth or light. Make sure you rotate your plants around a quarter turn each month to ensure even growth, and you don’t get a heavier growth on one side and not the other.
And as always, if you have any questions give us a message over @littlegreencorner_