The Secret Weapon for Your Well-being: Why Houseplants Belong in Your Home

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Houseplants are not just decorative greenery. They are the secret weapon for your well-being. Why do houseplants belong in your home?

The answer might surprise you. It is all about bringing the outdoors in. Houseplants offer a multitude of benefits. Let’s take a look at why they deserve a special place in your home.

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Houseplants offer benefits in your home. A plant on the kitchen island.

Why have houseplants? There are many great advantages to having real plants in the house. Plants bring a coziness into any room. The green foliage of the leaves warms up the room and adds beauty.

What people may not realize is that live plants purify the air. They can remove certain toxins from the air creating a better environment for us to live in.

Why houseplants belong in your home? They are the secret weapon for your well-being. Here are some of the many benefits of having houseplants:

  • Reduces stress – Plants in your rooms, the greenery has a calming effect. It helps lower blood pressure, making you feel more relaxed and happier. It helps to boost your mood.
  • Purifies the air in the home – plants collect dust particles from the air. Plants break down harmful substances in the atmosphere. Plants reduce carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen. Plants add humidity to the air in your house to improve the quality of your air.
  • Promotes a cozy and comfortable space – the color alone adds a warm feeling to any space. Plants make the room feel more natural, comfortable, and cozy.
  • Increase creative thinking and productivity – I should have put a plant in each of my children’s rooms growing up.
  • Improves the acoustics in your home/noise blockers – can absorb background noise.
  • Helps to prevent allergies – Children with plants in their family home from an early age may have a lower risk of allergies.
  • Helps to promote good sleep – Air-purifying house plants create a better air climate in your bedroom and generate more oxygen. 

Symbolizes: Happiness

Houseplant in Kitchen on a riser in the middle of the island. A secret weapon for your well-being

This plant is referred to: Devil’s Ivy, Taro Vine, Ceylon Creeper, Ivy Arum, Money Plant and Hunter’s Robe. It is not a good plant to have in the house if you have cats. Golden Pothos is slightly toxic to humans, cats, and dogs if ingested. I have two dogs and keep these plants up high and out of the reach of my pets.

Golden Pothos are beautiful and very easy to maintain and disease and pest resistant. They are fast growing. I have four of these plants in my home.

Care:

  • Partial sun to partial shade
  • Average water needs. Watering should be done each week (the top of the soil has dried out). Water thoroughly until the soil is saturated and excess water has fully drained from the drain holes.
  • Fertilize monthly or every 10 days in the spring.
    • Twice a month in the summer;
    • One time in the Fall
    • No fertilizer in winter

Symbolism: Personal Growth; Health and Abundance

Tree Philodendron houseplant.  A secret weapon for your well-being.

This plant has beautiful large foliage on it. This houseplant is effective at helping clean the air we breathe in our homes. It will clean approximately 100 square feet of space in your home. It’s a stunning plant with huge leaves. I have constantly trimmed my plant back.

You will need to keep it out of the reach of smaller children and animals. The Tree Philodendron is mildly toxic to humans if ingested and touched. It can cause severe poisoning in animals and even be fatal.

It can have fungal diseases; scale insects, and grass-house red spider mites. There have been no issues with my plant. I use Young Living Thieves cleaner with water and mist the leaves. I clean with a cloth wearing gardening gloves.

Care:

  • Partial sun to partial shade
  • Average water needs. Watering should be done each week (the top 1.2 inches of the soil has dried out). Water thoroughly until the soil is saturated and excess water has fully drained from the drain holes.
  • Fertilize once every 2-3 months during the growing season (spring and summer)
    • No fertilizer in fall and winter

This plant is referred to: Lily Bamboo and Song of Jamaica

Dracaena Song of India houseplant.  A secret weapon for your well-being.

This is an excellent slow-growing indoor ornamental plant. It loves the sunlight. I have it on my fireplace hearth next to a window. It is a super easy plant to take care of and resistant to almost all pests and diseases. If you have a brown thumb, this is a good option for you.

The Dracaena Song of India is toxic to cats and dogs. A sign that your pet has ingested the plant is vomiting and dilation of its pupils.

To clean my houseplant leaves, I use Young Living Thieves cleaner with water, and mist the plant and wipe clean with a cloth.

Care:

  • Full indirect sun
  • Prune any diseased or withered leaves (spring)
  • Average water needs. Watering regularly; do not over water or let the water accumulate
  • Fertilize once every 2-3 months during the growing season (spring and summer)
    • No fertilizer in fall and winter

lipstick plant (5) - Full Plant

This is a popular and striking evergreen tropical houseplant. Vivid red blossoms emerge from a dark maroon bud reminiscent of a tube of lipstick. This houseplant gets beautiful blooms. It will bloom late summer and early fall. This plant can bloom throughout the year. You need to find that perfect location.

Care:

  • An adequate amount of sunlight is important for this plant to bloom. Avoid placing this plant in full sun or shade. Place it in a sunny spot (not direct sun). It needs bright light for a good portion of the day (not all day).
  • This plant likes temperatures of 70-80 degrees for proper blooming.
  • Average water needs. Do not overwater this plant. Too much water would be disastrous for growing this particular plant.
  • Fertilize each month during the growing season (spring and summer)

Symbolizes: Good Luck

Jade Plant is a wonderful houseplant.  A secret weapon for your well-being is to have houseplants.

Jade Plants are one of the easiest plants to grow and need minimum care. I have two in my house and will probably add a few more.

It’s a succulent plant with oval-shaped leaves and thick, woody stems that resemble tiny tree trunks. I love that it symbolizes good luck. You can see it in the photo to the left.

Care:

  • This houseplant will need full sun to thrive. I place mine in a windowsill or never a window for the sunlight.
  • Don’t water this plant on schedule. You need to check the soil to make sure it has not completely dried out. Water the soil if dry to the touch. Avoid over watering as it will cause root rot. If your leaves fall off, it does not have enough water.
  • Fertilize one time every six months with a liquid fertilizer for house plants.

Zebra Plant for the home.

You may be interested in Succulents plants. Check out my post Succulent Plants for Indoors.

Care:

  • Partial sunlight.
  • Pruning – trim the withered leaves and flowers.
  • Average water needs. Watering should be done each week or if the top 1.2 inches of soil has dried out. Water thoroughly until the soil is saturated and excess water is fully drained from the drain holes.
  • Fertilize once a month during the growing season (spring and summer)

I enjoy having plants and the many benefits in my home. Houseplants are a secret weapon for your well-being. Hope you learned about the benefits of having plants in your home. There are pros and cons. The main con is that some plants can be toxic to animals. It’s important to do your research to find the right plant for your home. Thankfully, my puppy or dog never messes with my plants. With little children, I did not have houseplants. They were forever putting stuff in their mouths.

Variety of indoor succulent plants in 4 inch blue and white ceramic containers.

Remember always research the houseplant to ensure that it is not toxic to animals or children. Houseplants are more than a decorative elements in your home. They are a secret weapon for your well-being and wonderful item to have in the house. Plants will beautify your living space and purify the air, reduce stress, and boost your mood.

Make it an amazing day, sweet friend!

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