If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen some of my quick posts about cool-looking indoor tropical plants being offered by many of the nurseries and garden centers I endorse.
In addition to filling extra at-home time by tinkering with houseplants, miniature gardens or succulents, there are some other really good reasons to grow indoor plants during these unusual times.
- Plants expel oxygen, which we need, but they also help humidify the air during dry periods … very good for our health.
- Houseplants also help to purify the air by absorbing indoor air pollutants and volatile organic compounds, including benzene from cigarette smoke.
- Houseplants can buoy our spirits, making the household seem calmer. I’d say we all need more calming these days.
- They can help us live a little longer. An eight-year Harvard study released in 2016 found that American women living amid lots of vegetation had a 12% lower mortality rate than those living in less “green” environments.
- You know that plants do better when they’re spoken to, right? Well, if you’re by yourself during this pandemic, you’ll have something to talk to.