March 19th, 2020

Plants and Your Well Being

The world is facing tough times right now, and during these times, it’s important for us to remember to do our best to keep ourselves, and those around us as safe as possible. As such, most of us will be finding ourselves spending a lot more time at home than we have in the past.

During this period when most of us are spending the majority of our time indoors, we think taking care of a plant (or two) could be a nice extra past time! We take a look at some of the reasons why houseplants can be beneficial for us during this period in our lives. Gardening can be highly rewarding The feeling of tending to a plant can help make us feel like we’re doing something. Plants need water and care to survive, and growing them can feel super rewarding. Recently, students from Yeronga State High in Brisbane were sent home with a plant clipping each, that included this empowering message: 'Just like you, this plant has been cut away from its ‘normal’. Just like you, this plant will need fresh water and sunlight over the next few weeks position near a window, change water weekly. Just like you, this plant will need some time to adjust. Just like you this plant will eventually grow new roots and shoots' Taking care of a plant during these times could offer a rewarding experience, and give us one more task to add to our routines for the day. If you’re already a plant-a-holic then you’re set, but if you’re not yet a convert, take a look around your home to see if there are any seedlings about. Maybe there are some seeds in your garage from when you thought you’d create a veggie patch a few years ago, or perhaps you still have some unused Woolies Discovery Garden boxes from a few months back, sitting on top of your fridge? What better time to get your thumbs green than right now?! Some plants can help filter the air In 1989, NASA released their Clean Air Study, which showed that many common houseplants were able to filter out chemicals from the air around them. This is good news for those riding out this time in smaller spaces, such as an apartment without a balcony. The ever-popular Peace Lily was one of the plants found to filter out five different chemicals (xylene, ammonia, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene), but lots of other plants were also found to be good at filtering a variety of chemicals, too. To see the full list of these plants, check out this cool infographic from lifehacker! Possible increased productivity If you’re someone who has been told to now work from home, you might be adjusting to the new set of distractions that can come with working from your own space (Netflix, we’re looking at you!). A UK study found that bringing greenery into a workspace could improve productivity by 15 percent! So, that plant sitting on your home office desk might actually be helping you get some work done! Right now, it’s important for each of us to remember to take care of our health and well-being, while doing our best to protect others (from our family to the stranger on the street). Taking care of a plant or two could help to make this time of our lives a little easier, for a multitude of reasons. Stay safe, all. All images remain copyright to The Balcony Garden

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