Plants… more good than just their looks
Your own health might be another excellent reason to add some plants to your indoor spaces.

An article by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Rachel Clun today covered something we’ve been banging on about with pretty much anyone we meet.

We don’t only love keeping plants for their irresistible good looks. We also love it for another important, if lesser known, benefit.

monstera deliciosa close-upMany indoor plants are also good for your health.

The beauty of indoor plants is that they turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and in so doing this helps to improve air quality – Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis

The pioneering work of NASA is often cited when talking plants and health. Many popular indoor plants were found to help purify air. But research in this area continues to be limited according to researchers cited by Clun.

Yet to be fully understood is the connection between our health and micro-organisms that grow on plants or their soil.

What plants to look out for?

Several plants that we regularly stock are known to support better air quality. Most are really easy to care for as well.

Mother-in-law’s tongue (sansaveria laurentii) is a great plant in this regard. Because it’s so hardy and versatile, it’s also happy placed in many spaces around the home, particularly bedrooms and study spaces.

Pot and Posy Florist Mother in law tongueDevil’s Ivy, a great plant in hangers, is another top plant. It’s also very versatile because it handles a range of lighting and climate conditions.

The article ends with another great tip for those who feel their green thumbs are not so green. Just jump right in.

Like anything, if you don’t start, you will never know… The benefits are beyond your ability to have new living and breathing family members to enjoy keeping alive and happy, but the joy of their presence is a therapeutic element of horticulture that more and more people need in their apartments and homes because they no longer have the privilege of a garden – Costa Georgiadis

We always recommend starting with plants that are easier to take care of and need less maintenance. Succulents are a great place to start. Very forgiving if you’re not the most on-the-ball when it comes to watering regularly. In fact, big drinks spread apart are best. The already mentioned mother-in-law’s tongue and devil’s ivy, as well as cacti, are other great plants for those still on their learner’s plates.

You can check out our range of plants here.

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