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Posted by Janet Cramb on 1/3/2018

Houseplants may seem like a strange thing to bring into your home. Plants belong outside, don’t they? Plants and people actually have a relationship where they need one another. Plants produce much-needed oxygen for humans. Humans release carbon dioxide, which plants need to perform photosynthesis. Plants should be placed throughout the home, especially in bedrooms, to release fresh air throughout the night when sleeping. Essentially, the right plants in your home can help to improve your overall health and well-being. 

Increases Humidity

Many people complain of having dry air in their homes. Plants actually release about 97 percent of the water that they take in. This moisture is released back into the air and increase the humidity in the air. This means that putting several plants together can really help to increase the moisture levels in a room. Having a more moist room helps to keep respiratory symptoms from flaring up as well as decreases the number of colds, dry skin flare ups, and other ailments associated with dry air.     

Natural Air Purifiers

Plants are natural air purifiers. They remove toxins from the air and even get rid of a large percentage of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds can be found in everything from paint to newspapers and textbooks. VOCs are actually transformed into food for the plant. 

Just How Many Plants Should You Have?

To improve your health and the air quality in your home, you’ll want to place plants about every 129 square feet. For air purification purposes, you’ll want to place about 16-18 plants in an 1800 square foot space. This may sound like a lot, but if you consider spreading plants throughout your home, you'll fill the quota fairly quickly. Larger plants can also be used, placing one or two per room to fill this suggested requirement.  

Best Houseplant Choices:

  • Gerbera daisy
  • Spider plant
  • Boston fern
  • Philodendron
  • Snake plant
  • Peace lily

These plants all have different benefits but most are best known to purify the air, improve happiness, and increase well-being.

If you don’t have a green thumb, you should definitely get one. Most houseplants are not that hard to take care of. It’s easy and fairly inexpensive to equip your home with a good number of houseplants. The greenery will also add to the ambiance and decor of your home’s overall theme. Every room, including the bathroom, can benefit from these plants. Think of houseplants like another member of the family- one that gives you oxygen and clean air to breathe!       


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Posted by Janet Cramb on 11/16/2016

Jade Plants Tough and hardy, succulents are some of the easiest houseplants to grow indoors. While there are hundreds of different varieties of succulents, a tried, and true favorite is the Jade plant (Crassula ovate) which can survive for decades on loving neglect. Native to South Africa, the Jade plant thrives in arid conditions, developing thick fleshy leaves that trap the moisture the plant requires. The Jade plant prefers full filtered sun or semi-shade. The leaves overheat and become brown along the edges when the plant receives hot, direct sunlight A Lucky Plant Individuals applying Feng Shui principles in their home organization and décor, embrace the hardy succulent. The full, round leaves of the Jade plant symbolize health and vitality. The easy care plant is known as a “lucky” or “wealth-attracting” greenery. Grow outdoors on the patio in the summer months and move indoors before the first frost. Jade plants cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. Watering Your Jade Plant Do not overwater or have your Jade plant standing in a dish or tray that traps water. Water only once a month during the dry summer season and every six to eight weeks during the winter months. Jade plants “rest” during the winter and prefer parched soil during this period. Excellent drainage is required, and plants do best in a sandy, gravel soil mixture. If you are transplanting a Jade plant, use a cactus potting soil mixture. If water is allowed to collect around the roots, root rot will occur and kill the plant. If a stem or a few leaves drop off your Jade plant, it is sure sign that it is receiving too much water. Keep an eye on your plant and if leaves start to appear to wilt, it's time for a bit of water. Lighting Jade plants enjoy the sunshine but will tolerate a low light location, Avoid exposing your plant to full noonday sun as leaves can become sunburned and will turn brown on the edge of leaves. Pruning Because the stems and leaves of the Jade plant store water, they can become top heavy, To keep your plant from becoming lopsided or top-heavy, trim back occasionally, Keep your plant from becoming “leggy” by pinching off new buds. Propagation Thriving on neglect, Jade plants are easy to grow as well as to propagate and share. Start new plants by snipping off the tip of a branch. Cut off a piece that is two to three inches long and place it in a container with moist sand or cactus potting soil. Some gardeners cut off a section of stem and leaves and place it on a dry surface to let the cut “heal” and seal over before placing in damp sand to root. Water infrequently and do not disturb the cutting to check for root growth for at least six weeks or more. Repotting Your Jade Plant Jade plants prefer to be somewhat root bound. Do not repot unless you notice roots growing out of the bottom of the container. Jade plants are slow growers, producing small white flowers when grown outdoors but typically does not bloom when cultivated indoors.

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