Our home is not complete without plants whether it is indoor or outdoor. Aside from the additional visual aesthetic to your house, taking care of plants is also therapeutic. Science shows that it reduces stress and anxiety. They provide a soothing effect for psychological and physiological stress. It boosts your mood, sharpens your focus which is perfect for workplaces, purifies air, and most of all, it lets you breath.
I wasn’t a fan of taking care of plants until I encountered a quote by Audrey Hepburn- “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” This quote aims to move our hearts and be hopeful. From planting the seeds underground up to bearing fruits and flowers, a plant also represents our lives. The different seasons the plant experiences, the amount of sunlight and water it gets, and the interaction it has with humans; it is the epitome of life.
Here are some of the common indoor and outdoor plants seen at our homes:
1. Swiss Cheese Plant
It is scientifically named as Monstera Deliciosa. it is one of the most popular among plant moms growing indoor plants right now. It has large heart-shaped leaves that becomes covered with hole as it grows older and healthier. It is said to be best taken care of with stake for support to have larger holes and a more unique patterns of holes. It is also one of the trending plants seen on Pinterest because of its attracting appearance.
2. Mass cane
It is commonly called as the Corn Plant. Its leaves resemble that of a corn and it reaches between 5 to 15 feet tall upon maturity. Its primary habitat goes back to East Africa. According to the authorities mass cane is not toxic to humans, it is considered as an ideal houseplant and it is also easy to take care of. However, it may not be friendly to pets as it may cause vomiting and appetite loss for our pets since it contains Saponins which are harmful toxins for pets according to the vets.
3. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
It is most commonly known as the Snake Plant. Snake Plants may not be new to us since these are found at almost every households with plants. Although it comes from a species of flowering plants, it is rare for flowers to bloom in snake plants. You may take care of this plant by giving it ample sunlight and water. Take note that snake plants get stressed out when not given enough water.
4. Spider Plant
It is a plant native from Africa which is a tropical country but can also be grown indoors. Being one of the easiest plants to grow, it initially needs to be watered occasionally but moderately when it starts to mature. Spider plant contains multiple long narrow leaves with white stripes. It also grows tiny white flowers.
5. Herbs (basil, parsley, chives, lemongrass, oregano, etc.)
Herbs are grown outdoors. They could be placed in a large pot or planted directly on the ground. Growing herbs has a lot of pros. Aside from providing aromatic atmosphere at home, you can also use them as herbal medicines and teas. There are tons of ways to utilize herbs for health-conscious people. Herbs are expensive in stores; it is better and cheaper to grow your own at home.
Gardening isn’t as easy as counting 123, it takes a green thumb to successfully grow a healthy plant and also revive withering plants. A quote by Zora Neale Hurston states, “Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.” A tip from a green thumb mentions talking to your plants every day and uttering at least 10 positive words to your plant. Why don’t you give your plant the same love you give to yourself?
I believe peace comes when you learn to live with less material possessions and become one with nature.