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There have been various reports in the media of people feeling more depressed since the COVID-19 pandemic. And while we continue to try and deal with the virus and the ensuing consequences, there is one very easy way to bring a little happiness to your lives.
A recent poll commissioned by The Joy of Plants asked participants what made them happy at work. An impressive 60% reported that plants made them happier, while over 50% stated that the presence of plants made them more productive, according to the Mirror.
These findings are not overly surprising considering that scientific studies have shown a number of benefits of being surrounded by plants, including the positive effects on our mental health, while also improving our indoor air.
I personally developed a real passion for plants during the lockdown in Paris, with a need to have some greenery around me. My home went from having about 10 plants to now housing around 70 (all with names and a little attitude at times!).
They don’t just fill me with happiness and fresher air; they’ve also had a soothing effect on my kids, and I notice that my youngest son now does his homework in a plant-filled corner, and another son actually asked for plants in his room.
I appreciate that people can feel a little daunted when caring for plants so I’ve selected a few hardy plants that should survive even the most negligent of plant parents. But before you welcome them into your home you should consider these useful tips that other plant lovers shared with me:
1Opt for terracotta pots
There are so many different plant pots out there, but plants thrive in traditional terracotta pots with drainage holes.
2Water plants with day-old water
Apparently if you water your plants with water fresh from the faucet there is a higher level of calcium that can cause leaves to curl or go brown. If you put water into a container the night before and leave it to distill, this will help your green friends.
3Learn about roots
Strangely some plants like to have their roots all cramped in a small pot. This is called being “root bound”; others need more space and might need re-potting. Join a plant group on social media and get advice from other plant lovers who are happy to share their expertise.
Also there is a condition called “root rot,” when your plant’s roots have been damaged by over-watering. This can lead to wilting leaves and a plant that looks half dead. Don’t give up. Many plants can be saved through re-potting, a change in watering habits, and a little prayer.
So for a little plant inspiration, check out these beautiful options that should hopefully behave and bring you much happiness!