Hey guys!! So this article made me low-key geeky,the type to wear glasses and read about?yeah. I tried to simplify it best I could though,into bits of chew-able information just for you : )
Urbanization is the reason as to why most of us reside in towns like Nairobi, where you have little or no space to cultivate anything of your own making the craving for our own patch of natural green space more often than not, go unsatisfied. This has thereby resulted into people exploring a bit of gardening in their interiors and some of us don’t even know that our well-being is to some extent actually supported by these plants. We think that indoor house plants just sit there looking pretty …but that’s where we go wrong, house plants literally breathe life into our interiors! They decrease stress, remove indoor pollutants and create a restful ambience in any room. You ask how?
Even I didn’t know the meaning of phytoremediation till this article, which is the use of any plant, indoors or outdoors to mitigate pollution in air, soil or water. Indoor plants remove pollutants from the air by absorbing harmful compounds/gases through their roots and leaves. Turning a room into a living space. Also, spending time in nature is linked to reduced stress levels and tension relief. Here’s a fun fact to even prove that!
In a 2008 study, Dutch researchers found that hospital patients with indoor plants in their rooms reported lower stress levels than patients without them. If this is not convincing enough for you to have a houseplant in your space… then I don’t know what is : )
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We all want indoor house plants that won’t die on us of course, the nearly impossible to kill ones…the ones that thrive upon neglect,well,because most of us are not naturally born care givers.The secret therefore, is to find plants that thrive in homely, warm environments ( 15 degrees Celsius minimum).., places with little air movement and dim lighting because these are the conditions of most of our interiors.These include plants like the Aloe Vera (which if you didn’t know,the slimy insides of its leaves are excellent on burns so you can consider doing yourself a favour by planting an Aloe in the kitchen and thanking me later),the snake and spider plants,just to name a few.
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An excessively large plant can overwhelm a space and a tiny plant can appear insignificant if placed out of the wrong context so it is a very helpful idea to choose a plant that fits not only the size of the room but where it is being placed. You want class, not clash!
When it comes to display of your house plants, the standard terracotta pot is a great safe option that works with pretty much every type of plant regardless of its colour or texture or you can transform a shallow bowl into a miniature garden. Think of colours and shapes that work well together and be bold with design for instance going for plants with various texture and height, incorporating leafy, hanging and statement plants.
Plant pots come in a range of materials colours and shapes so you can create a statement look to your space, just like a stunning piece of jewelry to complete an outfit. As an addition, placing pebbles in your plant pot not only serves a decorative purpose but is also functional by ensuring that moisture is locked in therefore providing sufficient humidity to last longer after you water them (of course the moisture retention period depends with your type of plant).
Last but not least, house plants help you make the most out of your windowsills, chimney area, kitchen tops,bathrooms and so on so my advice to you is that ; If you don’t have a cat or a dog to take care of, at least adopt a house plant. It is easy and just as fun as growing outdoor plants!
Have a lovely week people, I wish you peace and laughter.