It’s Houseplant Appreciation Day! What a glorious day day for all of us plant lovers. If you are a beloved #plantlady or #plantdaddy, then you know all too well why houseplants deserve their own holiday where we show our appreciation for them.
Houseplants are not just a décor statement; they are real, living things. They utilize oxygen to survive, they need water just like the rest of us, and they thrive on the light of the sun.
Houseplants are not only to be appreciated, but they should also be celebrated. They have a variety of benefits to us humans and we should be thanking them for our very existence.
Plant life in general was here on earth long before humans ever were. The oxygen we breath and need to exist is a result from plants living. We thrive because of plants thriving.
This is why we preserve so many forests and jungles. All the vegetation of the world is needed for animals to thrive in their respective regions as well.
Imagine a world without plants? Our ecosystem would fall and our air quality would be unbreathable. The reason your house plant is even inside your house is from centuries of studying just how beneficial plants are for our health.
So naturally when we found out this vital information, many people began to have plants in their homes, proving that evidence of these benefits were real.
The Benefits of Houseplants
Houseplants offer positive benefits for both our mental and physical health. Among the benefits for our mental health include feeling happy, less depressed, and overall better moods. For our physical health, it has been proven that plants help make the air quality of our homes cleaner.
So if you have several plants, you are breathing in less polluted air. Just another reason to appreciate your house plants. Remember though, if you don’t take care of them, then you won’t reap all the benefits.
Taking Care of Houseplants
Yes, plants are indeed living things. One thing I find fascinating about plants is how they react to your care. When you forget about them or lag on watering, they looks sad.
At times, when not cared for properly, the leaves will turn brown, or the plant will be droopy. Plants need the proper amount of light, sometimes direct and bright and some only require minimal or indirect light. Some need watering every week while others only need watering every 2-3 weeks.
You can tell when a plant is happy. Its color will be vibrant and the leaves and/or stems will be perky. Your plant will look heathy when it’s thriving.
If it sprouts new leaves often, then you are giving it plenty of love and care. Just think of your plants as you do your pets!
You give your dog food and water right? You take them for walks and you let them outside to use the bathroom so they can get some vitamin D from the sun. You wouldn’t let your dog starve would you?
Treat your plants the same. Even have a plant babysitter if you plan to be out of town for more than a week. A plant babysitter can make sure your plants are watered and cared for so that you don’t return to sad plants-or worse- a dead plant.
I have put together some of the best plants for your indoor space. Plants that you can celebrate on Houseplant Appreciation Day!
Top house plants that like bright direct light:
- Pothos: A popular and more affordable plant.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig: A plant that requires a lot of attention but is a true beauty!
- Bromeliads: A plant that sprouts a beautiful flower.
- Ficus Elastica (Rubber tree): Known for its rubber like appearance and dark leaves.
- English Ivy: A vining plant with vibrant green leaves
- Monstera: A personal favorite! These can thrive in a bright window or even outdoors in complete shade.
Top house plants that require only minimal light:
- Peace Lilly: A gorgeous plant with a stunning white flower.
- ZZ Plant: This plant can handle extreme low light and still survive.
- Snake Plant: One of my favorites and also can thrive in little to no light. It can even survive on LED light.
- Maidenhair Fern: A beautiful feathered-looking plant that like medium to lower light and moist conditions.
- Prayer Plant: This beauty tolerates low light but needs very high humidity.
- Spider Plant: This plant can flourish in a variety of light conditions.
On Houseplant Appreciation Day, it’s imperative to have a better understanding for plants and their respective element. Houseplants are to be celebrated for their uplifting benefits and for their timeless beauty. If you own a houseplant, you are already doing one thing better for our environment and also for your personal space. Happy Houseplant Appreciation Day!
How do you show appreciation for your houseplants?