Benefits of Growing House Plants

The potential benefits of growing house plants indoors can be underestimated by people and outweigh the effort growers have to make while caring for them - compared to what they receive in return.....

The motivation to create this site originated based on encouraging people to learn more about indoor plants, what they offer to households, and types that would be suitable for them. The rewards are covered here!

Decor - Look And Feel of a Room

Décor is one of the main reasons many people grow plants within a home, and it's easy to see why. The look and feel of a living room, bedroom or even hallway can be transformed with indoor plants.

This is an example of "when pictures speak louder than words".

Brighen Up Window Areas

cactus on windowsill


Table Centrepiece

Plant on table

Plants In A Conservatory

Plants In A Conservatory

Palms and Tree Type Shrubs

Palm plants and shrubs bring empty spaces and large rooms, alive. Many can tolerate fairly low light conditions which allows them to be placed near doors, stairs, in hallways, and next to fire surrounds.

Interior of house

Living room

Modern living room

Problem for décor growers: An issue growers can have if they just want a plant for making a room look great is they can seriously get the wrong plant for the wrong room. Having the wrong conditions for certain plants will cause growth problems or even kill it, and no longer spruce up any room.

Of course there are solutions, such as researching to find out the care and conditions a plant needs, especially light and temperature needs. Fortunately there are many plants that are easy to care for types that survive well, with minimal attention that are best suited for some homes.

Indoor Air Quality

One of the huge advantages of growing plants indoors is the improvement of air quality and the removal of toxins from the environment. Most of you will be aware from school teachings that plants convert carbon dioxide into the air we breath (oxygen), so it makes sense to allow some space in the home for them to promote good health .

Nasa (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) created a clean air study for space stations and produced a list of house plants that do more than just turn carbon dioxide into oxygen. The list Nasa produced of various house plants remove large quantities of benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the atmosphere.

Here's 12 of the best from NASA and Dr Wolverton at removing toxins. This list includes NASA's, Dr B.C Wolverton's (produced the book, How to Grow Fresh Air) or both that found these toxins was reduced.

Plant Name (common and scientific) Benzene Formaldehyde Trichloroethylene
Boston fern - (Nephrolepis exaltata) No Yes No
Dwarf date palm - (Phoenix roebelenii) No Yes No
Kimberly queen fern - (Nephrolepis obliterata) No Yes No
English Ivy - (Hedera helix) Yes Yes No
Lilyturf - (Liriope spicata) No Yes No
Golden pothos - (Scindapsus aures) Yes Yes Yes
Peace lily - (Spathiphyllum wallisii) Yes Yes Yes
Mother in law's tongue - (Sansevieria trifasciata ) Yes Yes Yes
Dragon tree - (Dracaena marginata) Yes Yes Yes
Gerbera Daisy - (Gerbera jamesonii) Yes Yes Yes
Hardy Garden Mum - (Chrysanthemum morifolium) Yes Yes Yes
Janet Craig dracaena - (Dracaena deremensis) Yes Yes Yes

See our choice of the TOP 10
air purifying plant here »

I was surprised after researching air pollutants further and found many of the poisonous toxins that plants help eradicate are produced by furniture, carpets and building materials used indoors.

If you would like to know more about improving the air quality of your home with house plants, I would suggest taking a look at Dr B C Wolverton's book "How to Grow Fresh Air".

Health and Well-being

The removal of toxins from the air and renewed oxygen (as mentioned above) is not the only health benefits of growing house plants. There has been significant studies and research done that suggests a persons health during an illness is improved quicker.

What seems obvious to myself is when we are unwell its hard to think past our own state of life (which is difficult), so the small amount of care and nurturing given to a plant improves our well-being (emotional and mental). The act of caring and nurturing anything living is well known to have a positive affect on people, mentally and emotionally.

There is also the aspect of flowers blooming and attractive foliage that will improve a persons mood.

Medicinal Purposes

While some house plants are toxic for humans and pets to consume, others offer various health benefits. Plants such as echinachea, chamomile , peppermint, aloe vera and many others are reported to improve or help various health conditions.

Some species lack enough scientific evidence supporting the health benefits. However, many countries and traditions have been using plants for medicinal purposes for centuries and swear by them.

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