The world recently observed National Indoor Plant Week, which took place between the 17th and 23rd of September. In honour of this, it seems important to discuss both the health and the personal benefits that result from introducing indoor plants into houses. Particularly, within uni halls or houses. As a houseplant/succulent/cacti enthusiast, it’s always been a point of interest to me, and it would be great to promote the benefits and positive lifestyle changes from indoor plants!
As stated on the National Indoor Plant Week website, “The oxygen doesn’t arrive until the plants do!”. Clean air is a great benefit to everyone, especially if you’re living in uni halls that may be near traffic-clogged roads. Feeling reluctant to open your bedroom window because of noise or air pollution? Adding an indoor plant to your bedroom space with provide cleaner air, consequently benefiting your physical health. House plants have also been proven to benefit mental health and morale too. It’s a win-win situation!
Studies have shown that introducing plants to the workplace also have a positive impact on both employees and consequent productivity. More positive attitudes and higher levels of assertiveness were also recorded among office workers who are exposed to interior plants. So if you’re struggling to sit in your bedroom writing that 10,000 word assignment for university, invest in a small houseplant and see what changes this could bring to your mood and work ethic.
The best thing about interior plants is that (usually) they require far less tending to than outdoor plants and shrubbery. If you’re just starting out with houseplants, I would suggest buying a few cheap cacti or succulents. These can simply be placed on a windowsill or shelf. Cacti and succulents are notorious for their lack of water intake; this means less responsibility for you as an owner! Normally they will only need watering once a month. Even then it is advised that you use a water spray or gently drip water onto them to avoid drowning them. Don’t worry about constantly ‘nurturing’ these kinds of plants. You can carry on with your daily life, without fear of them withering away.
A variety of succulents and cacti can be found in all manner of shops. Local garden centres or florists would be the best place to search if you’re a beginner. Staff here can give you advice on which types of plant suit you and your home environment. The best part is that they all look unique; they’ll add a splash of colour to any drab university halls, and can be potted in quirky planters and pots too. However if you live in a city without access to these kinds of shops, Urban Outfitters have recently released a range of affordable cacti and terrariums.
Current plant owners may see this as a reminder to look after their own plants! Re-pot plants that are outgrowing old ones, dust them down or dead-head them.
On a budget?
See if shops can offer a student bargain; look for discounted plants that have been damaged in transit or are missing a stem/flower etc. They may look damaged on the outside but they’ll be perfect for growing out!