Researching, purchasing, plotting, and caring for plants seems like a lot of work, doesn’t? Many people are attracted to the idea of getting indoor plants for their home but may balk at the work involved. Others simply argue that they do not have a green thumb. However, not everyone has to have natural plant-cultivating capabilities to grow plants indoors. Caring for plants doesn’t have to be difficult; in fact, some plants are downright easy to look after, making them great additions to your home. Not only do they brighten up a space aesthetically, but they also provide certain health benefits, too. Continue reading to learn about the benefits for seniors caring for plants!
Plants Improve Our Mental Health
Plants are natural healers, did you know? Researchers in the United Kingdom found that people who live around nature feel much happier than those who don’t. One of the supporting theories for this revolves around the fact that greenery reminds us of open spaces. We tend to feel less boxed in when dreaming of the outside world, and less isolated surrounded by greenery.
When caring for plants, you also reap the benefits of cleaner air; they naturally release oxygen and take up carbon dioxide. More oxygen means your body works more efficiently. The more oxygenized your brain, the better it will release the right hormones to support your mental well-being!
Plants Strengthen the Immune System
Your immune system is responsible for responding when you are exposed to viruses and bacteria. With a very complex job to do, the immune system can always use a hand. Caring for plants in the home gives the system the help it needs to remain strong. As they scrub the air of toxins, they also help us feel calmer and more relaxed. Since a lot of illnesses are made worse by stress, the calmer you are, the less susceptible you will be to catching the next bug.
Plants Encourage Productivity
Caring for plants can actually teach us how to be more productive. For starters, caring for even the easiest plant requires routine. The very act of regularly watering your plant teaches your mind to stick to a schedule. If you start your day by checking up on your plant, you may find yourself more likely to stick to other scheduled tasks as well. Second, even business people have noticed a change in their memory retention and concentration at work when plants were in view of their desk.
Convinced yet? Consider adopting one of these little guys below!
Great Plants for Beginners:
A common houseplant, pathos are known for being exceptionally hardy and difficult to kill. Even if you lack a green thumb, this hardy plant is determined to survive! With its trailing stems, this plant looks pretty hanging from a shelf. Just note that the plant contains compounds toxic to cats and dogs, so if your pets tend to nibble on whatever is around, place it above reach.
How to care: This little guy can thrive in the full sun or bright filtered light. Its soil should be kept moist, so be careful to not overwater.
Ivy is usually an outdoor plant, which is why the English ivy adds a kind of rustic charm to older buildings and homes. Classically elegant, this plant can be trained into shapes, and with proper care, survive for several years. It is also good for absorbing mold in the air, too.
How to care: This plant enjoys bright light and slightly dry soil, so don’t overwater it! You should also regularly fertilize your English Ivy, about once a month in the spring, summer, and fall (skipping winter as this is the ivy’s dormant period).
The Boston fern is admired for its long, graceful fronds and teeny leaves. This plant is also a powerhouse when it comes to purifying the air in your home. They are known for removing compounds like formaldehyde, plastics, and cigarette smoke. They can also be displayed in several ways: on pedestals, in hanging baskets, or on a windowsill.
How to care: As this bushy plant does best in warmer climates, place a humidifier nearby so it doesn’t dry out. Water regularly to keep the soil moist.
This plant is renowned for its ability to break down compounds such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and benzene! The Peace Lily has long been a favorite houseplant with its glossy oval leaves and pretty white tips. A tropical plant, it will do well indoors without too much attention.
How to care: This dude does not thrive in direct sunlight, making it a good option for those living in apartments or homes without a lot of windows. Give them evenly moist, well-drained soil and set the temperature in your home to at least 55 degrees.
This plant is a gorgeous addition to an indoor space with its green to purple leaf colors. They are listed by NASA as an excellent plant for removing harmful chemicals in the air.
How to care: These are easy to grow indoors as they tolerate low light and have a forgiving route system that can survive without frequent watering. Though they grow best in medium sunlight, they can also survive in lower light situations. They require loose, well-drained potting mix and can be watered every 2 weeks.
This hardy plant is known for its unique abilities to covert poisonous substances into oxygen and decrease the humidity in a space. A desert plant, it readily adapts to the office or living room. In addition, there are some 70 different species of mother-in-law’s tongue, each characterized by different shades of gray-green colored stripes and spotted edges. Just be warned: we advise you to not gift this plant to your mother-in-law…given it’s name, she may take your gesture the wrong way!
How to care: For best growth, keep this plant in bright, indirect sunlight and water once a month. It is also important to plant it in free-draining soil.
With these tips in mind, take the afternoon to buy a plant or two and beautify your living space today!
If you have any questions or concerns about seniors caring for plants, contact us today!