Raise your hand if you’re absolutely obsessed with houseplants. We know we certainly are! Some of us have green thumbs, some of us have black thumbs, but we can probably all agree that house plants are pretty rad and you can never have enough of them. Let’s take a look at some facts you might not know about your plant babies, and after all is said and done, you’ll probably have some newfound knowledge about them! Let’s get started.
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A good portion of what is considered “common houseplants” actually came from the tropics. Now, you’re probably thinking that can’t be right because they only get a little bit of sunshine on your windowsill or what little bit they get from being near a window in your office, but these tropical plants are actually used to growing (and thriving) under the canopy of much larger trees, meaning they can continue to thrive under the shade of your roof or in your office.
Some plants have the ability to reduce noise pollution. That’s right, certain plants, in fact, absorb sounds. So if the office next door to you is a little loud or you’re just needing things a little more peaceful around the house, look into the plants that are better for absorbing sound and start adding those to the fam.
Indoor plants have been proven to boost productivity. Studies have shown that being around plants reduces your stress levels, causing you to think more clearly, even communicate better, and making you a whole lot more productive.
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Plants are allergic to dust. Let’s face it, dust settles all around our house, and while we do what we can, it’s inevitable. Well, that same dust is settling in on houseplants, and they hate it. Well, they don’t love it; after all, it prohibits them from properly photosynthesizing. Once a month, dust your leaves with a damp cloth or sponge; for extra sensitive leaves make sure you cradle them with your other hand to prevent them from bending or breaking.
Certain houseplants are good for your complexion. A study in the late 80s found that through the process of absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, a number of common houseplants can remove most of the air pollutants in your home within just 24 hours. This is good news in a low of ways, but it’s especially good for your lungs and complexion.