Written by: Kim Kunaawathy
House plants are the newfound interest recently, especially with everyone keeping indoors mostly. Plants seem to be making an appearance on Instagram and Pinterest feeds. Not only do plants brighten up a place, but they have ample health benefits too.
According to an analysis, houseplants boost efficiency by 15% in work environments. Another study conducted by the University of Exeter says that one plant per square metre increased memory retention. A small desk plant placed anywhere near you will do wonders.
Due to the pandemic, we have been working from home often. Noise can be of hindrance, and distraction. You can reduce noise by placing a large or medium pot of plant in the corner of your house.
A research done at the Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, England, discovered that students pay 70% more attention when taught in rooms with plants. Attendance was also higher in the same sample for lectures offered in classrooms with plants. Colleges should implement this too, right?
Need a boost of creativity? I’ve got you covered. Workplaces with natural elements show that employees were 15% more creative. According to attention restoration theory, looking at nature will switch the brain into a different working mode. If you’re working from home, you could always switch things up, like setting up a desk that faces a window with a view of green plants or trees.
Let’s be honest. Having a house plant is almost like having a pet. They’re not easy to take care of, so you must choose the right plant that suits your lifestyle.
Here are some suggestions:
According to an article on sheknows, the snake plant is one of the easiest plants to take care of. Sansevieria is another name for this ‘mother-in-law tongue’ plant. It may be easy to grow, but that does not mean it is unappealing. It also serves as a natural air purifier. They excel under indirect sunshine, and you can let the soil dry entirely between watering. In other words, it’s OK if you forget about it every now and then.
The prayer plant got its name due to the leaf-shaped like hands during prayer. However, you certainly do not need to pray to it or for it to grow. The perfect spot for this plant is where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate much like the kitchen. Best to water it every two weeks.
Aloe Vera is one of the famous house plants that we know of. It has numerous benefits like purifying the air, and is popular among the Ayurveda community. It’s a low-maintenance plant best kept outside of your house in a sunny spot.
Money plant is common in Malaysian homes. You can also see them growing near the streets. The plant was named such because of its heart-shaped green money plant leaves, which resemble coins. This low-maintenance plant is known for purifying the air, reducing stress and anxiety. According to Vastu and Feng Shui, the money plant is a lucky plant for households, because it helps to increase the house finances.
If you want an aesthetic-looking plant, then the Peace Lily is for you. Not only attractive-looking, it combats harmful household chemicals like benzene. Place yours in a shower, kitchen, or laundry room to reap the full benefits. Placing it in a shady spot will keep the soil moist, and you don’t have to water it frequently.
Now, are you ready to get your hands on some house plants?