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New Years Eve is when people around the world celebrate their hopes and dreams for the new year. Planning out new beginnings – stress free in order to continue good practices, make changes or eliminate bad traits and behaviours.
2020 was one of the most stress full, frustrating, disorienting and heartbreaking year… in my lifetime. 4 days to the most anticipated NEW YEAR – 2021. Are you making any resolutions?
I thought I wouldn’t this year but after some thought, I will be wishing for health, love and stress free or at least less stress this year. My go to when I am overwhelmed with stress is to interact with nature; plants and animals. As it turns out a little bit of nature inside the house does reduce stress, anxiety, and motivates us.
The Ultimate De-stressing Accessory For Your Home
Plants are the ultimate de-stressing accessory for your home. We all love Spring because the trees, bushes, plants, flowers all start to open, bloom, and come alive with colour. It’s the awakening of the earth after a long monotone colour of white, brown or darkness….okay not a colour but can you picture it?
By adding plants to your home as part of your décor you are awakening your senses. Studies have shown that plants impact your everyday life by improving your concentration, making you more productive, calmer, reduces fatigue and stress.
Plants consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen thus improving your air quality. Even NASA (check it out) researched and produced a list of plants that improve air quality. Plus they are just great to look at especially as accents throughout your home.
Whether you have natural light, some dappled sun, a sunny window or artificial light, you can make it possible to grow any type of houseplant you want. You don’t need to be a gardener or have a green thumb, you just need to learn a few secerets.
Here are 3 of the easiest indoor plants to grow in your home. You can find more information on these here. Choosing the right plant for the right location is important for your success. Decide on the location than look for the right plant based on that light.
Success is 3 simple secrets: Light, soil and water!
All plants need light, but some need more or less than others.
Direct sun, bright light and low light are all very different. Obviously not enough light, your plant won’t grow and will slowly die, too much sun and your plant could get sunburned. So the right light will set you up for success.
Your plant will most likely tell you what kind of light it needs. A rule of thumb for most houseplants is a bright window with direct sun (through the window) part of the day. Plants with bright coloured leaves usually require more light than others. Some plants can survive with low to little natural light (snake plant, spider, pothos, chinese evergreen, etc.) but they grow and do better with more light.
Today’s technology has developed many new grow lights or bulbs that are energy efficient and stylish.
Overwatering is the number 1 reason indoor plants die. Too much water, frequently watering and not allowing extra water to exit the pot, (drainage holes) leaves the roots sitting in constant water which will rot the plant bottom up.
If you need to schedule a day to water (so you don’t forget), than always check the soil before watering. Some plants take longer to dry out than others.
You can use a soil tester, a tooth pic or just your finger to check the top 1 inch – 1.5 inches down in the soil. If it is wet (tooth pic is dark/wet) than skip this weeks watering. Remember at different times of the year plants need more or less water depending on air humidity, house heating, growth periods or dormant periods. The internet is a great source if you ever are stumped!
How to Water
The best way to water is to saturate the soil. This can be done by watering from the top or bottom.
Using a watering can with a long slightly curved spout is helpful in watering from the top on hanging plants.
Watering from the bottom can mean filling the tray under the plant (as in African violets) and allowing the soil to soak up the water through the drainage holes until the soil becomes damp. It can also mean by placing the pot into a bigger container or sink filled with water and allowing the soil to soak up the water also through the drainage holes for about 15-20 minutes. This method is very helpful when a plant becomes very dry (ohps!), the soil is pulled away from the sides and watering from the top just runs out the bottom without wetting the soil.
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These 3 secrets will keep your indoor plants happy, will help you create a calming, clean and less relaxing home. You only need a small shelf or desk corner or window sill to start your plant journey.