Indoor Plants in Adelaide
Indoor plants are coming back: Throw out that dusty fake bunch of flowers and replace it with a glossy green glamorous Peace Lily! Your life will be better, a charming prince will come along and sweep you off your feet, and you will feel revitalised…energised… wait, that was the snake oil salesman…
When you fill interior spaces with beautiful houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind and home in ways that will enhance your quality of life. Studies have proven indoor plants reduce stress, lessen anxiety, clean the air, relieve headaches, prevent colds and illness, improve brain function, boost moods and improve sleep. Wow!
CSIRO have discovered the air inside homes and offices can be 5-7 times more polluted than outside – through toxins released by furniture, carpet, plastics, computers etc. These can cause headaches, nausea, loss of concentration and other health problems. Formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and xylene are all common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted into the air in our homes daily.
NASA have also studied the effects of plants and their benefit in space travel (Clean Air Study). They found that just 3 plants in a 10 sqm room can remove up to 70% of toxins! Effective plants include the Peace Lily, Kentia Palm, Spider Plant, Dracaena and Weeping fig.
Top 5 benefits of indoor house plants
1. Cleaner air for easier breathing and better sleep
Plants increase the amount of oxygen in the air which improves the quality of air indoors and therefore your health and well-being. At night, photosynthesis ceases and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. A few plants like succulents eg Sanseveria and Aloe Vera, some orchids and epiphytic bromeliads do the opposite. They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen all while you’re sleeping actually giving you fresh, clean air all night long! So those plastic plants might look okay but green life is best. Check out the video below to find out how Kamal even achieved clean air in his factory in Delhi just by adding plants, receiving an award from the government.
2. Removing toxic chemicals, reducing allergies
Have you heard of Sick Building Syndrome? A modern phenomena thought to be factored by poor air quality, excessive background noise and an inadequate control of light and humidity. Indoor plants remove common dangerous chemicals and CO2 and release oxygen, reduce mould and reduce background noise. Having a plant in the workplace has positive outcomes, including increasing oxygen which helps you breathe easier, improving your emotional state, reducing negative mood states, reducing distraction, increasing creativity, and improving task-performance.These days we spend a lot of time indoors, so it is imperative we create air which is safe and clean for ourselves, our families and friends to breathe.
3. Humidify dry and air-conditioned rooms
Plants release up to 97% of the water they take in. A group of plants can increase the humidity in a room and this will improve your health. Your hair will be bouncier, your skin will glow and you will have less sore dry throats. If you want to reduce mould, Peace Lily (Spathyphyllum) is the answer. This plant helps to reduce the levels of mould spores that grow in the home by absorbing those spores through its leaves and them circulating them to the plant’s roots where they are used as food. Spider Plants also reduce mould.
4. Improve concentration
High levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) can cause drowsiness, headaches and can lower concentration. Pot plants (legal ones) have been shown to increase attentiveness by 70% among students, that is amazing. Succulents eg Sanseveria and Aloe Vera, Moth orchids and epiphytic bromeliads absorb CO2 and produce oxygen all day and night, becoming a natural air freshener. Put a pot plant in your study today!
5. Plants boost mood, creativity and healing
Plants are a proven mood booster. Just 1 plant can lessen feelings of anxiety, depression, confusion, fatigue and stress. Choose a plant with flowers to feel more creative, they help with idea generation and creative performance too. It has been shown that people recovering from surgery get better quicker if they have plants in their hospital rooms. They experience lower blood pressure, less fatigue and are released sooner! Imagine the benefits of plants inside your home.
Best House Plants for Indoors in Adelaide and Districts
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) is a wonder in that it reduces all 6 of the highest producing indoor chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene and ammonia from the air. It will also remove mould, and loves low lit and damp areas like bathrooms.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Purifies air rapidly – removes formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and xylene. Best for living spaces and are unkillable!
Philodendron (Philodendron) This tough glossy leafed plant is an all time favourite and will clean the air absorbing formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. It will handle most conditions with ease and look beautiful.
Dracaena (Dracaena marginata) A member of the Dragon Tree family. Purifies air; removes airborne nasties from rugs and furniture. Is happiest in living spaces and hot dry spots. It removes benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) A lush, tropical climbing plant. Loves warm indoor positions which are well lit. Found effective in UTS research to reduce toxins which may create loss of concentration, eye, ear, nose and throat complaints, headaches and nausea.
Lady Palm (Rhapis Palm) This glossy dark green clumping palm copes with low light and a broad temperature range. It is an excellent indoor plant, very slow growing so it can happily stay in the same pot for a long time. This plant also removes airborne toxins including carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, ammonia and xylene. Also, as well as simply making oxygen, Rhapis will make your home cleaner and safer to breathe and is reknown for being one of the easiest indoor plants to grow in the world.
Snake Plant aka Mother in Law’s Tongue (Sanseveria). A tough and stylish house plant as it tolerates low light and irregular watering. It’s also one of the best indoor plants to remove toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, toluene and trichloroethylene found in modern furniture, fittings and buildings. It can even absorb CO2 and emit oxygen while you’re sleeping!
A few tips about Indoor Plants
Use good-quality potting mix – this is one thing you should never scrimp on with pot plants.The more vigorous the plant, the more air it can filter, so it’s important to take good care of your indoor plant. Most will look healthy, and grow well, when positioned in good natural light with no direct sun, and watered regularly. Feed in spring with a good slow release fertiliser and regularly wipe any dust from the leave with a damp cloth.
3 plants per 10 squared metres will be enough to clean your home or office. The average Australian living room is 20-30 squared metres, so 3 luscious lilies or perfect palms are all you need to be happy, healthy and wise.
For their health, holiday your indoor plants outdoors occasionally in dappled light.
Do some research and be amazed at the natural health benefits of indoor house plants.
Here’s the Evidence that Indoor House Plants are beneficial
Watch this 4 minute video to find out more. The plants recommended here are: Areca Palm (Golden Cane Palm); Mother in Law’s Tongue and Money Plant (aka Devil’s Ivy or Pothos). We stock these plants all year round.
You can watch a fascinating explanation of the science behind these claims from Dr Fraser Torpy and Professor Margaret Burchett from the University of Technology, Sydney NSW. As it goes for over an hour, we won’t include it here. But if you’re interested, UTS Science in Focus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm3PQeCXFCI
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