The kids are back in school and now it’s time to do something for me! I’d like to thank Costa Farms for sending me some beautiful new plants to celebrate National Plant Week and learn about the benefits of houseplants.
Costa Farms recognizes the endless benefits of houseplants provide to homes, schools and businesses across the world.
The Benefits of Houseplants
Houseplants help clean the air. You already know that plants help remove carbon dioxide and give back oxygen, right? We learned that in grade school science. But did you also know that some plants can remove common chemicals like ammonia, formaldehyde and benzene emitted from products you may already have in your home and office like carpets, printer ink, tobacco smoke and cleaning products? All the more reason to have plants in several rooms in your home!
Houseplants teach kids how to care for something. It will also help them learn responsibility. Not only that, but there is evidence that plants can help kids focus – which just might lead to better grades!
Houseplants teach empathy. It’s more likely that people will be kind to others if they take care of houseplants.
Houseplants bring life into your home. Flowering plants can also make you happy, which can reduce stress related depression. Have one plant for every 100 square feet for maximum benefits (this means I need MORE indoor plants!)
National Plant Week
This week is National Plant Week. Now and throughout the month of September, look for varieties such as peace lilies, ferns and spider plants with ‘O2 for You’ plant tags at your local retailer and reap the benefits of these hardworking plants!
The new houseplants in my home:
PALM: Neanthe bella palm, table palm and parlor palm are all common names for this plant. This versitile palm can adapt to most homes or offices. The Neanthe bella palm has been in use for years as a house plant in particular as a compontent of dish garden arrangements.
FERN: The Boston fern is the quintessential decorative fern. It is the original fern used during the Victorian Era to decorate inside the home as well as outside on wrap-around porches. Like other ferns, the Boston fern enjoys high humidity and consistently moist soil. This plant is a favorite among interiorscapers since it lends any area a lush and rich look.
DRACAENA: If you are looking for an attractive, versatile indoor plant that doesn’t demand much of your time or attention, look no further than the dracaenas. They are easy-tolerating low light, low humidity and infrequent watering. Keep in mind that while dracaenas will tolerate adverse conditions, they will be much happier and healthier with just a little care. Dracaenas are one of the plants used in the NASA Clean Air Study and has shown to help remove Formaldehyde. They grow big, and this makes them ideal floor plants to place in front of large windows.
ORCHID:Phalaenopsis: The Phal is commonly referred to as a “Moth Orchid” and is one of the easiest members of the orchid family to care for. Ideal for areas where they receive indirect sunlight such as windowsills and enclosed patios. They also offer a delicate and striking touch to any environment.
Now to keep these all alive until my mom comes to visit so she can really help me out. 🙂
Do you want to enjoy the benefits of houseplants?
Enter to win a collection of plants from Costa Farms! Enter on the Rafflecopter form below. US residents ONLY, 18+, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Please, only one person may enter per household. This giveaway ends on September 21, 2013.
Winner will receive 1 Palm, 1 Fern, 1 Dracaena & 1 Orchid from Costa Farms.