A house isn't a home with­out a plant: 6 hardy house­plants

Manitoba Gardener Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Ta­nia Mof­fat

Plants trans­form our liv­ing spa­ces in­doors and out, but those that are in­vited into our homes do more for us than we do for them. The fact that they ab­sorb the carbon diox­ide we elim­i­nate and pro­duce, through pho­to­syn­the­sis, the oxy­gen we breathe in, make us well-suited room­mates.

Much re­search has been done on the ben­e­fits of keep­ing house­plants. Stud­ies show plants make you happy and im­prove your mood, give you a sense of well-be­ing, re­duce stress, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion, en­hance cog­ni­tive func­tion and boost cre­ativ­ity. Plants en­hance our qual­ity of life.

Com­mon house­plants re­move chem­i­cal pol­lu­tants from your home through a process called phy­tore­me­di­a­tion. Re­search stud­ies done by NASA have shown that plants can re­move up to 87 per cent of volatile or­ganic com­pounds (VOCs) ev­ery 24 hours, as well as other gases and air tox­ins. Tests have been done on many spe­cific va­ri­eties and are still con­tin­u­ing. In or­der to get the most health ben­e­fits from your plants it is rec­om­mended that you have one plant for ev­ery 10 square yards (90 square feet) of space in your home.

Plants are ben­e­fi­cial that’s true but what if you’re not ben­e­fi­cial for plants? There are sev­eral plants that can sur­vive even the brownest of thumbs. So why not give one a try? Bring a house­plant a home and ben­e­fit your­self.

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