Did you know that interacting with indoor plants improves your well-being? According to various research there are several benefits to having plants inside your home. It reduces your psychological and physiological stress, improves your air quality, and can improve concentration. Not only does it help with your mental health, but it also improves one’s creativity and productivity. People are more at ease, feel calmer and relaxed when they are in green spaces. Today we’ll look at 5 great ways to turn your home into a plant-loving space.
1. Choose a Good Location
Start by finding a good, sunny spot to dedicate to your plants. Make sure that it is big enough to avoid any safety hazards such as family members tripping over your containers. Also, make sure it’s large enough to accommodate your future garden.
Different plants have wildly different needs in terms of space, but there’s a plant for every area. From small window sills or tabletops, all the way up to large containers growing trees. Make sure to understand what types of plants you want to grow, and set aside an appropriate space for them to flourish.
2. Do A Temperature Check
Keep track of the temperature. Whatever your plant variety is, be mindful of their temperature requirements. Too extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, are often death sentences for plants.
Different plants however have different requirements for temperature so keep that in mind as well. That includes situations where you’re growing from seeds in which case it’s better to keep the area a bit warmer than usual.
You also want to make sure that you keep your plants away from large temperature swings. Things like heating vents, portable heaters, or windows can all be bad news for your plant.
3. Secure A Grow Light
If your plant is light hungry but the winter months are approaching it’s a good idea to find a high quality grow light. Sunlight is naturally less intense during the winter, so it’s important to make sure you keep up with your plant’s needs.
Artificial lights are an easy way to do this. The exact light you should get will depend on your plants and the location you have available. Rest assured though there is a light for every situation.
4. Monitor The Humidity
Alongside the weather changes, you should also monitor the humidity around your plants. This is most of a concern during the winter when hot, dry air is often the result of running the furnace. That’s not to say humidity can’t be a concern in the warmer months though so always be on the lookout. We have an article all about humidity you can check out for more in depth information.
Keep in mind though that, like temperature, ideal humidity levels vary from plant to plant. A succulent and a fern do best in very different conditions.
5. Be Mindful Of Your Pets and Small Children
Lastly, you should always be mindful of where your plants are and children or pets have access to them. This is not only important to prevent accidental damage to the plant, but also to protect the others in your home.
Some plants can be poisonous to both pets and children. The effects are often mild, usually topping out at an upset stomach, but it’s never a good idea to be negligent. A cat taking a nibble on your plant is also damaging to the plant itself, and can cause irreversible damage if left unchecked.
Creating a Plant Loving Home
Indoor plants are not only aesthetically pleasing to look at but they are great in improving the air that we breathe in. Indoor plants are fantastic in enhancing your space while improving your mood and energy. Following the tips above you’ll have an excellent base to grow your very own garden from.