Ok, admit it. It is time for a change. You’ve been too nervous recently. Is that the ‘Summertime Sadness’ Lana Del Rey is singing about? Maybe you just need a break or something that will lift your spirits. Mother Nature is a good option, it always helps. Our daily routine is busy and stressful, our spare time is usually limited. How to bring the calming effect of the Nature in our home?
The answer is simple: Indoor plants
They are not only a good way to refresh your interior, but they are also scientifically proven to reduce stress, negative thinking, fatigue, depression, apathy and in addition improve your memory. So it is a marvellous idea to bring them in your office also- your productivity will be increased. Not to mention their contribution to air purification. OK, where is the ‘must-know’-list? Some houseplants are more fastidious than pets(the only difference is you can’t actually pet them. Well, and they don’t wake you up at 5 o’clock in the morning just because they are hungry.) Consider this before purchasing one. My advice is to ask someone whose hobby is gardening. He’ll know best what are the specific requirements of every flower. Although, here are some of the most important points:
- Light levels
- Soil mixture
- Oh, and don’t forget they need a proper fertilizer and the correct-sized pot
It’s harder than it looks, actually. Trust me, I can tell. When I moved out from my parents’ house,family and friends gifted me five pots of flowers. Three of them are dead now, including a mini-cactus, a decorative palm and some strange kind of flower which name I don’t know. Nothing will complement better your meal than a fresh snippet of herbs you’ve grown indoors(especially during the winter).
Some of the easiest to grow are
- Bay leaf tree
- Scented geraniums
- Norfolk Island Pine (It requires light and humidity and is ideal for Christmas decorating)
- Peperomia(a splash of colour for every room)
- Chinese Evergreen(it is extra tough)
- Grape Ivy (ideal for tidy-looking baskets hanging from the ceiling)
- Dracaena (has very beautiful yellow and green leaves)
Another detail which is of high importance: Don’t sleep in the room where your plants are. Yes, it is true they purify the air, but during the night they emit carbon dioxide which is extremely unhealthy.