Every few months, I come across a blog post or magazine article that encourages me to liven up my home with houseplants. Which only works, of course, if the plants are actually alive. As much as I could wish it were otherwise, I don't have much of a green thumb. I've tried to change this several times over the years. I've happily picked something out from a local nursery, carted it home, and then...over/under-watered it, set it too far/close to heat and light sources, or just completely forgot about it.
Dead plants are not feng shui. But there are good reasons for me to keep trying to incorporate greenery into my living space. Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Improved air quality - this one seems pretty obvious, but what might not be so obvious is the extent to which our indoor air can be polluted. Paint, upholstery, carpeting, and pet dander can all add up to some serious exposure. Some sources online claim that indoor air can be up to 12x more polluted than outdoor air (I couldn't find the studies to back up that claim, though, fyi). Definitely food for thought when you stop to consider just how much of your life you spend inside four walls!
- Better mental health - Research suggests that the presence of house plants can improve mood, concentration, and creativity while reducing stress. I guess I could use one or two in my office!
- Reduction in cold symptoms - Feeling under the weather? Picking up a few house plants at the store along with your cough drops and echinacea can reduce cough, sore throat, and fatigue, possibly by reducing dust and increasing humidity inside.
Not to mention the fact that they just look pretty!
So which ones to buy if, like me, you need plants that are relatively tough to kill? This list is a great place to start!