7 Reasons to Plant Plants at Home – Plant, Plant, Plant!

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It is not every day that we get to experience the great outdoors. Life overwhelms us. Jobs take our time. Children demand attention. School piles on homework. It can be quite frustrating if you ever want to take a break and just get away when you have so many things to do. Fortunately, indoor plants offer respite from the stresses of daily living. But why even do so in the first place? In response, I give you 7 reasons to plant plants at home, so plant, plant, plant away!

1. Clean the Environment

Plants release water. As a result, they increase the humidity of a room; this relieves you of any respiratory stresses. If you have asthma, lung cancer, a similar ailment, or just want to breathe easier. All plants will be sure to help you out with that in one way or another, so do your body a service and get some plants. In short, plants take care of the bad air.

2. Improve Your Personal Health

Plants benefit your health in a number of ways, from cleaning up the air that you breathe to the greening up the space you live in. Life looks better when you have something green to look at. In fact, many studies show that hospital patients experience quicker recovery time with plants in the room. Even in office settings, the rate of sickness was shown to drop sometimes up to 60%.

If you get some indoor plants before you get sick, the chances of you getting sick will drop. It is guaranteed. Plants increase your optimism, boosting your immune system and improving your resistance to illness.
You are much less likely to get sick.

3. Grow Your Own Food and Save Money

As nice as it would be to have an apple tree, it is quite difficult to fit one inside your home. However, that does not mean you cannot find smaller plants for you to add some delicious produce to add to your meal. Scallions, micro greens, carrots, arugula, and ginger do not require large pots for you to grow them. Even something like a miniature lemon tree is possible inside your home.

If you did not know it already, I am kind of a health nut, so an indoor garden is something that appeals to me. If you care about your health too, then something like the plants listed above will be sure to help with your health. All they need is tender care and attention. When you grow your own food, you control the inputs and, as a consequence, the output, your health, will be all the better for it.

4. Sleep Better at Night with Some House Plants

When placed in your bedroom, plants like Jasmine, Lavender, Aloe Vera, and Gardenia have been shown to increase the quality of one’s sleep. The aroma and ambiance they give off lowers your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels. When your body is relaxed, you can fall asleep a lot easier. And if you’re trying to get down and freaky with that significant other in your life, these plants will reduce any anxiety you might have, putting your body in the right mood.

Nothing calms the mind like a plant. They alleviate your sense of worry, emptying the mind of stresses and replacing your thoughts with moment to moment ideas. You go from living in the past or future to a sole focus on the present, slowing your mind and body down for bedtime.

5. Enlighten the Ambiance of Your Rooms

If you are ever thinking about having guests over, it will help to have some living, but non talking friends to improve the mood. A few good plants are an excellent conversation piece. “Oh, you see that succulent over there? Well, did you know you can grow a new one just from one of the leaves? I bet you did not know that.” It is good to be in the know if you want to impress your friends.

To be honest with you, I am not much of a decorator. You think my room would look as nice as this blog, but it’s just not the case. But if I throw in some plants, then “bam!” The room looks a lot better. What once appeared dead and dilapidated is now the apple of eye.

Before you had plants in your room, everything seemed devoid of color. But with some good indoor plants, bam! Now you have vibrant hues lighting up the rooms. They transform the beige, black, and white walls into orange, yellow, purple, green, and pink, bringing forth the rainbow of the natural world to shine right upon your bedroom.

6. Improve Your Personal Well-Being

In a previous article, I discussed the mental health benefits of hiking. Much like those discussed benefits, you can get similar results with an indoor garden. With some simple houseplants, you can improve your concentration and productivity (by 15%!), reduce stress levels, and boost your mood. That’s not so bad for a handful of simple houseplants? You will see results.

These plants help to clear the air of carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen. With more oxygen in the room, you are able to think clearer and plan out your day much more effectively. Think of all you can do with more oxygen in your head. Plants literally clear your head, replacing the unclean air with refreshing oxygen that stimulates your mind to action.

By having plants at home, you improve your spirituality. People came from nature and it is meant to be in our lives. Despite the technology and decadence of today, the simplicity of the natural world can bring you back to that once forgotten world of not so long ago. Connect yourself to the Earth and you can synergize your mind, body, and spirit.

7. Bring the Great Outdoors Home

This is a website designed to focus on the great outdoors, so why is this guy writing about houseplants? It makes no sense. Well, it’s not everyday you get to explore the wonders of nature, so it is a lot easier to do at home. Each plant will serve as a reminder to you of what lies beyond the front doors of your home. When you bring nature’s backyard to your living room, life brightens up a bit. Then, it is hoped, you will be inspired to take that hike you have always been thinking about and who knows where you will end up from there?

As much as I wish I could be outside and running through the trees to feel the cool breeze on my face, I do have to stay inside to type up this blog. Even though I do so, a few plants serve as a memory of all the good times I have had outside. If I get worried, that’s what I do. I just look at a plant. Ah yes! That bonsai brings back the good times of Yosemite. That was a nice day. You can experience that too.

Final Words

While you probably won’t be starting your own city botanical garden, some houseplants will certainly do wonders for the ambiance of your place. When you look at a plant, you often think, “life isn’t so bad. Look at this little guy trying to make it in the world. He just won’t stop.” Water a plant and brighten your day. It is there to remind you of what lies just outside your home. Bring the outdoors home; all it takes is a bit of creativity.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please do share this article. Thank you in advance and I hope you make it a great day!

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16 Comments on “7 Reasons to Plant Plants at Home – Plant, Plant, Plant!”

  1. Hello Alex,

    I agree! I love having plants inside…and outside…and seeing them in wild. I love plants anywhere but having houseplants can make a huge difference. I know they filter the air, improve mood and make a room look 100% better but I didn’t know they actually improve health and recovery!

    I hate fake flowers and plants. There is nothing more disappointing to me than seeing fake flowers in a wedding bouquet! I insisted on good flowers for my wedding. That was one of the most important things on my list.

    Thanks for the inspiration to get more plants! I already have about 10 at my office at work!

    1. Hey Jessica,

      It is good to hear you enjoyed the article. House plants can make a huge difference. I could not believe it either when I heard they actually improve health and recovery. Fake plants are quite the disappointment. It is good to know you had real flowers for your wedding. I am glad to know you were inspired by this article.

      Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!

  2. Our home used to be devoid of plants too Alex on account of not having sufficient time due to silly working hours taking over our home-life.

    Nowadays, due to improving our work-life balance we’ve time to plant plants indoors, we’re bringing the outdoors inside. I agree colourful plants do brighten-up the living room plus their scent makes our home smell so much more inviting.

    We’ve turned the kitchen window-sill into a herb growing station too, growing basil, chives, mint and parsley etc. Being able to cut your own herbs when cooking delivers so much convenience, they’re easy to grow plus they look fab, I’ve convinced myself food tastes better too – ha!

    All the best,
    Simon.

    1. It is good to hear you have more time on your hands Simon. Work-life balance is very important. People overlook it quite a lot.

      I am glad to hear you up an herb growing station above your kitchen window sill. It is always a treat to add fresh chives to a baked potato or some basil to an exquisite spaghetti.

      Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

      Alex

  3. Hi Alex,

    This is a terrific article. I share the love of the outdoors with you and have done a lot of hiking in the western part of the U.S. where we have glaciers and lots of mountains to climb. Growing plants indoors is a natural extension of that love for the outdoors. You bring up some excellent points about the benefits of growing plants in one’s house. I’m going to share your article with my wife in the hopes that we can buy some more plants for our house. I look forward to reading other articles in your site.

    1. Hey Bob,

      I appreciate the article compliment. The western US is great for hiking. You are very right that house plants are an extension of the great outdoors. I am glad to hear you plan to share this article with this article. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  4. I grew up with a lot of houseplants and they are such a great idea. If you believe in this sort of thing, they can also boost the energy and vibrational frequency of your space.

    I’ve also found that growing herbs in the kitchen window is a terrific way to make cooking even more interesting. Especially if you live in a colder area (I’m in Guatemala, so outdoor growing is possible year round). Great post, thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh yes, plants help quite a lot with the energy of a space. It is always a good idea to grow herbs in the kitchen when living in a cold climate. If you live in a warm place, then you can grow year round. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  5. All right! Your article convinced me. I’ll buy some house plants. Right now I have zero. You were right though, I was wondering why this outdoor guy was talking about indoor plants. After reading this, I get it. There are a lot of benefits.

    For me, living alone with two dogs, most of them apply. Fresh air and better sleep are the two big ones for me. I usually find myself awake most of the night after working swing shift for a thousand years. Plus, looking around my house right now, it would be a pleasant and welcome change. I will get on this project and see what happens.

    Thank you for the enlightenment!

    1. I am glad to hear you are convinced. There are a lot of benefits to house plants. They are easy to underestimate, but they will make a substantial difference in your life.

      Fresh air and better sleep are two of the benefits. They will be sure to brighten up your day. I am glad to hear you plan to get started.

      Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  6. I love plants and to have them indoors really helps to change/improve the ambiance. I grew up hearing that plants should be placed outdoors during the night because they absorb oxygen then and release carbon dioxide. Is this not so? Then isn’t it dangerous to keep them in your bedroom at night? I will look into growing my own food indoors though. Great idea.

    1. You are right Russell. Indoor plants really change the ambiance of a house, lighting up the darkness and illuminating the beauty. 

      Plants do not release carbon dioxide. They absorb it and release oxygen, cleaning dirty air and helping to improve your mood. People exhale carbon dioxide and inhale oxygen. We need oxygen to function. When we have plenty of oxygen, we function better. It is not at all dangerous to have plants in and around your home. I appreciate your question. I hope it clarified things for you.

      Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

  7. Hi Alex,

    Great article!

    I always wanted to have some indoor plants. It really decors the house. I will definitely put some plants in each corner of the house:) What plants would you recommend for an apartment with lots of light? Also, isn’t a bit risky with two cats at home? I am afraid they will destroy the plants. Any suggestion?

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    1. Hey Daniella,

      I appreciate the compliment. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the article.

      It is good to know you are already making plans for your home. For plants with lots of light, I recommend aloe vera, jade plant, African milk bush, snake plant, papyrus, croton, ponytail palm, hibiscus, jasmine, and string of pearls. I hope this enough to get you started.

      When it comes to cats at home with house plants, there are ways to deter them. You can sprinkle cayenne pepper on your plants. They will back off really fast when they get a whiff of it. If you are looking for something less extreme, then I recommend the smell of citrus. This can be lemon and orange peels in the pot itself or a diluted spray of lemon juice or orange oil. I hope this helps you. 

      Thank you for your questions and I hope you make it a great day!

  8. Hi Alex, I couldn’t agree more.

    I always love flowers at home because they bring so much beauty to our living spaces, by creating structure and balance. Our home can be transformed into an environment that comforts and welcomes by planting around it. I also read that beautiful plantings help reduce stress so well that one glance at a plant lowers your heart rate. Not forgetting that they also help clean the air we breathe by absorbing toxins. So I think they’re really lovely.

    Thanks for this wonderful post.

    1. Bibian, I am glad to hear you enjoyed the article. Flowers are sure to do wonders for a home, bringing life to a space and cleaning the air of toxins. I think all of us want to breathe clean air. They are sure to smell nice and girls just adore them. 🙂

      That fact about beautiful paintings is a new one for me. I know that what you see mildly influences you, so I am careful with how I decorate a room. I will have to find beautiful paintings to use. They will be sure to boost my mood.

      Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

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