January 10, a Houseplant Appreciation Day, is an excellent opportunity for us to take a moment and thank our green indoor buddies. Unfortunately, many people have no idea about the benefits of certain indoor plants. In case you are one of them, then this article will be eye-opening for you. Furthermore, we will also share with you a list of indoor plants that are the best choice for your well-being. However, let's first take a look at some fun facts, shall we?
Houseplant Appreciation Day Fun Facts
Here are some interesting facts about houseplants worth mentioning on this year's Houseplant Appreciation Day:
- Indoor plants enjoy music. Several studies show that plants react positively to music. It even promotes their growth. You can even talk to them. Read more about our recent study here.
- Aloe vera is the most popular houseplant in the USA and Snake Plant in Europe.
- If you were to produce the same amount of oxygen you consume, you need about 600 average houseplants.
- For optimum purification and well-being benefits, you should aim for 10 plants in an average four-by-five-meter room.
- NASA performed a study back in 1989, which found that many indoor plants remove toxins and allergens from the air.
- House plants can actually reduce blood pressure and improve your productivity, just by being in the same room as you.
- Plants reduce noise pollution. Certain houseplants (e.g.: peace lilies) have been found to absorb sound. As such, they can be great to bring peace to noise rooms.
- Plants reduce stress. According to many studies, we receive this benefit just by looking at them.
- Science is now confirming that plants have been at war with animals since the first insects joined them on this planet. They produce chemicals (mostly lectins) that can harm animals, including people.  As such, make sure to choose the right plants if you have pets.
- Houseplants have very fascinating family trees. They originate from all across the globe, and the majority of houseplants come from the tropics.
- Growing plants inside of buildings began in ancient times.
- Houseplants will teach you about your home's microclimate. While you may think that your home's climate is homogeneous, there's quite a range in warmth, humidity, and airflow in various parts of your interior.
- Plants communicate with each other and with you. Again, using their private chemistry laboratory, they are able to signal other plants and other beings.
- Indoor plants can produce food. Indoor plants can be in the form of herbs or other plants that produce edible fruits.
- Dust can clog plants' leaves. The tiny holes in plants with smooth leaves can get clogged by dust, making it difficult for them to "breathe". As such, make sure to wipe them with a soft wet cloth every once in a while.
- Pots and adjacency of proper plants matter. The plant will thrive best when planted in the right kinds of pots and placed next to the right kind of houseplants.
- There's no such thing as having too many indoor plants. As far as your well-being goes, you can't have too many houseplants if you choose the right ones and have enough space, of course.
- Most plants are pretty low maintenance. It turns out that the majority of houseplants don't need a lot to thrive.
Houseplant Appreciation Day All Year Round
Some of the above facts are shocking, others interesting; however, many of them show you that owning as many houseplants as possible should be your goal. By aiming to have at least five houseplants in each of the rooms of your home, including in your office, you can noticeably improve your well-being. From improving the air quality to reducing your stress levels, houseplants have your back.
As such, make sure to use this year's Houseplant Appreciation Day to thank each and every one of your dear green buddies. Moreover, try to carry that appreciation through the entire year for the rest of your life. Of course, you can additionally pamper your houseplants by providing them with the nutrients they need to flourish. While air and sunlight are given (proper positioning required), the soil and water are where your green friends depend on you. Furthermore, if you are a Bokashi Organko user, you can additionally reward your houseplants with properly diluted bokashi liquid, which serves as a fabulous organic fertilizer.
Houseplant Appreciation Day - Plant List
To provide you with some additional value, we performed in-depth research to come up with a list of houseplants that are most beneficial for your well-being. We've considered benefits on both your physical and mental well-being, as well as feng shui guidelines.
Here's the ultimate Houseplant Appreciation Day plant list:
- Sansevieria (Snake Plants)
- Zanzibar Gem
- Spider Plant
- Dracaena massangeana
- Devil's Ivy
- Aloe Vera
- Fiddle-leaf Fig
- Moth Orchid
- Money Plant (Jade Plant)
- Peace Lily
- Holy Basil
- Lucky Bamboo
- English Ivy
- Money Tree
- Rubber Plant
Despite the fact that we have a greater and greater percentage of the world population (in developed and developing countries) living in urban areas, people have increased the number of their houseplants lately. This is most likely because more of us are environmentally conscious and have a desire to surround ourselves with plants. Moreover, it also has something to do with the fact that many of us have less time to actually go out into nature. Thus we use houseplants as a sort of compromise. Whichever the reason, we recommend you join the trend and upgrade your home with some of the houseplants from the ultimate Houseplant Appreciation Day plant list given above. Happy Houseplant Appreciation Day!
 Plant Paradox by Dr. Gundry