Indoor plants can set your mood right during this time of uncertainty.
With the pandemic in place, it is important for people to stay at home and follow the necessary guidelines. While isolating at home is the only way to keep yourself safe from the virus, staying at home for a long time can leave you stressed and feeling negative in general.
Besides, the economic crisis contributed by the health crisis also adds to the additional worry of an uncertain future. Therefore, it is important to surround yourself with things that make you feel more relaxed and positive.
Many studies over the years have proved the soothing effect of plants on mental health. According to Ellison Chair in International Floriculture, plants have a calming effect that help positivity, concentration, and memory. Nature is known to stimulate the senses and improve mental cognition and performance.
Here are some plants that you can grow at your homes:
Many varieties of this plant are excellent for your indoors. According to Gardening Know How, these plants cannot be placed just anywhere. So, when you select the location of this plant, make sure that the plant will receive the required bright, indirect light along with humidity.
In case, you usually experience dry air in the winter, place your plant in a shallow tray filled with water and pebbles. This set up will provide them with the right humidity. These plants are prone to root rot and overwatering. So, according to experts, it is better for you to wait for the plants to signal you about its water requirement such as dropping leaves or signs of getting dry. This in turn will prevent overwatering. Also, water the roots and not the leaves as it might lead to fungal diseases on the leaves. Varieties of Begonias are available on Amazon.
If you are just not someone who can attend to a plant all the time, this is perfect. According to The Spruce, this plant thrives when not paid too much attention and requires only moderate care. Place the plant near a window and prevent the pads from coming in contact with the cold window as the plant can suffer from cold damage. Also, avoid direct sunlight as it can lead to the burning of the plant. The Christmas cactus produces flowers of pink and red colors. In case of care, water the plant daily and prevent letting the plant sit in water, according to Gardening Know How. These plants are also available on Amazon.
Kalanchoe is a succulent that can brighten up your homes and your mind with minimal care. According to The Spruce, the plant requires to be most during spring and during winters the plant should only be exposed to minimum watering. Be mindful of the number of times you water this succulent as it has the ability to survive without water for 2 weeks. However, the plant needs an ample amount of sunlight. As per The Gardening Cook, placing the plant at a south-facing window is suitable during winter and an east or west window is apt during summers. You can purchase this succulent on Etsy.
Clivia is one of those plants that should not be exposed to direct sunlight. It should be potted for proper growth and kept in a dark spot when it goes dormant. Once it spouts, anytime from December through April, you can resume normal care such as moderately watering. Watering during winter is not recommended according to The Spruce. These have flowers of yellow and orange shades and can be purchased online on Amazon.
These violet beauties bloom all through the year and will add a touch of vibrancy and color to your interior. While it is advisable to keep them in a pot that enables watering from the bottom, you can use a normal pot. However, in the latter case, make sure that the leaves are not wet and the soil remains dry between waterings. Additionally, place them in an area with bright sunlight. The flowers of this plant are purple, white, and red in color. You can find these plants on Violet Barn.