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28 February 2021

6 Easy Houseplants Anyone Can Grow

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If you read interior journals, online articles or lose hours of scrolling on Pinterest lifestyle boards looking at swathes of leafy green loveliness for your home then you will know that house plants are back with a bang. Most of us know that plants not only soften your interior decor and have great air purifying qualities. But there are even more scientific benefits than you may have thought. Plants are known to be able to reduce psychological and physiological stress. Performing tasks such as repotting and trimming can dampen down the mind. It’s also proven that the routine attached to tending for your plants is also a good way to manage stress and bring some stability back to your routine.

A small study of students showed up that those studying with living plants in the room showed more productivity and focus than those that did not.
Plants are just great for your wellbeing. A therapy involving plants, gardening and potting has been around for a long time and have been known to be therapeutic for those suffering from depression, dementia or anxiety. Not only this but it’s also thought that plants can even quicken recovery from illness in some cases. It’s been said that patients recovering in hospitals are more likely to recover faster with views of plants and natural scenery.

So what are you waiting for? Get some plants in your life and feel the benefits. We have compiled a list of a few that are easy to care for. Good Housekeeping suggests the following to get you started.

Pothos Calling all black thumbs: This trailing vine has earned the nickname “devil’s ivy” for its ability to withstand nearly pitch-black conditions as well as under- and over-watering.

Aglaonema If you’re more of a waterer, an excellent plant is a Chinese evergreen,” Fried says. Aglaonema can withstand excess H2O, and it comes in a spectrum of colours, including green, pink, white, and red.

Jade Plant retains water in its round leaves, so it can sometimes survive more than a month without any attention whatsoever. “If they do get water, they start to rehydrate and grow,” says Neil Mattson, an associate professor in the horticulture department at Cornell University. Position it in a sunny window and water when the soil feels dry.

Asparagus Fern This fluffy plant tolerates a lot more abuse than other ferns — thanks to the fact that it’s technically not a fern. It adapts to both bright spots and darker corners. Keep the soil moist and it’ll thrive.

Chinese Money Plant grows best in a shady spot (or winter windowsill) with weekly watering, according to The Little Book of House Plants and Other Greenery. Bonus: You can replant the offshoots that sprout from the base of the stem and give them as gifts.

Yucca The recipe for a happy yucca is easy: sun, sun, and more sun. Plant in a container deep enough to balance the top-heavy woody stems and water sparingly.


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