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  • Tim Kraemer

Indoor Plants

Updated: Jun 14, 2019

Do you ever feel like you are uncertain what your style is when it comes to decorating your home?  Have a hard time making things flow?  Do you just like too many different styles and you can never decide?!  Decorating can be very overwhelming.  No matter what your preferred style of house or décor is there’s one thing that goes with any design: indoor plants.

Plants can be a great way to change the look of a room.  They add color and depth quickly and easily.  They can be moved throughout the house to make a quick refreshing change.  But they can also be a hassle to keep alive!  The most common mistake with household plants is overwatering.  Think of watering plants as a shower, not a bath.  The plant wants a good drink of water, but it doesn’t want a full blown soak.  The second most common mistake is the opposite-forgetting to water the plants!  We recommend setting a weekly alarm on your phone, or putting a reminder on your calendar.  Whatever helps you remember to give your plants some attention!  Third common issue in keeping indoor plants alive is light.  Make sure you know what type of lighting your plants need.  Do they need full, partial or little sunlight?  This will determine where you place the plant.

Plants not only add to the look of the room, but they provide health benefits as well!  Some health benefits include:

  • Purified Air: The air in our homes can become unhealthy, especially during the winter months when our homes are shut tight.  Cleaning chemicals, decaying food, dust and sick kids are just a few things that can contribute to an unhealthy air in the home.  Plants purify the air around them, helping to reduce the unhealthy air in your home!

  • Humidity: Plants naturally release moisture in the air-it’s like nature’s humidifier.  This can be especially helpful again in the winter months when the air is warm and dry inside your home.

  • Better Concentration: Studies have shown that students and employees who learn or work in a room with plants have better concentration.  Add a plant to your office or children’s homework area to help improve concentration.

  • Better Sleep: Certain plants such as Gerbera daisies give off oxygen at night which can help you get a better night’s sleep. Though not all plants release oxygen at night, so make sure you research which plants are nighttime oxygen releasers if you are looking to enhance sleep with a plant.

  • Mood Enhancer: Studies show that plants improve mood.  Perhaps it’s the feeling of nature indoors.  Or the better quality air.  Whatever the reasoning, we’ll take a mood boost in the middle of the dark and cold wintery Wisconsin days!

When adding plants to your home, make sure you are aware of what you are buying and how you will need to take care of it.  If you are a pet owner, make sure you aren’t buying plants that are poisonous to your furry friends.  With some simple research and consistent watering, indoor plants can be a fun and healthful addition to your home.

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