Growing plants indoors

Hi peeps, another question I get asked a lot is whether plants can be grown indoors. Basically, any succulent can be grown indoors. Some will thrive more than others however with the right care you should be able to successfully keep your succulent alive inside!

Plant growth will be slower indoors however you must remember not to over water or over fertilise your indoor plants or you will end up with weak, thin growth or root rot. Plants can suffer from sunburn when placed in direct, bright, hot sunlight from a window so try to place them in a well lit area not in direct sunlight. In terms of watering a good rule of thumb is to use the soil wetness tester, ie place a finger in the soil if it is damp there is no need to water.

Don't forget that there are a number of benefits to growing plants indoors (extracted from

Plants Fight Pollution Indoors Research shows that many common houseplants and blooming potted plants can improve your health by helping to fight these pollutants in your home. The ability of plants to remove chemicals from the air is called phytoremediation. While it's common knowledge that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as part of photosynthesis, research by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) also confirmed that plants eliminate harmful gases from the air. NASA findings showed that houseplants were able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in a 24-hour period. Researchers believe that all houseplants may offer these benefits to a certain degree, though they haven't all been tested. According to this study, the best plants are: dragon tree, ivy, ficus, philodendrons, spider plants, peace lilies, ferns, chrysanthemums, palms, and the rubber plant. You need a plant for every 10 square yards of floor in your house to ensure a considerable degree of air detox.

Plants Help Your Health A study by the University of Agriculture in Norway found that indoor plants can also help fight colds. The research showed that indoor plants decreased coughs, sore throats, fatigue, and other cold-related symptoms by more than 30 percent. Researchers attributed these benefits to the fact that plants help increase humidity levels and decrease dust in your home.

One area that has been explored is the effect of indoor plants on stress levels. Several independent studies have shown that interior plants can help reduce stress and improve well-being. A study by researchers at Washington State University found that people in a plant-filled room saw a four-point drop in their systolic blood pressure after taking a stressful test, compared with a two-point drop in a group with no plant exposure.

Plants Enhance Cognitive Function Keeping plants indoors can make you think better. The mental benefits observed during this research include:

  • Improved concentration

  • Improved memory

  • Better goal achievement

  • Heightened attention

Indoor plants have also been linked to a boost in creativity. In a study from Texas A&M University, workers who were in a room with two potted plants and a bouquet of flowers generated 13 percent more ideas than workers in a room with sculptures. Bring more greenery--and less stress--into your home life!



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