If you love your garden, yet struggle to get out during winter because it’s too wet and cold, why not try growing some indoor plants? As well as keeping your green fingers busy, they could improve your overall health and wellbeing.
What to grow?
Indoor plants can be surprisingly easy to grow, and you can grow them in anything from decorative pots, to windowsill planters right through to old jars.
Depending on what you enjoy in your garden, you can decide which indoor plants to grow. If you love flowers, you might choose some potted colour like cyclamens. If you love to grow things you can eat, you could plant a windowsill herb garden with a few of your favourite flavours, like basil, mint, chives or even garlic.
Another benefit of growing plants indoors, is that they will be less likely to the get pests or diseases that sometimes affect outdoor plants, making them easier to care for. If you need some advice, why not phone or visit your local nursery, who can advise you on the best plants to suit you.
A greener, cleaner home
Plants do an amazing job of purifying air and producing oxygen. The North American Space Agency (NASA), carried out a study to look at which plants were best at removing several cancer-causing chemicals commonly found in the air including benzene and formaldehyde. The study found some plants, such as peace lilies, did an incredible job of removing the harmful chemicals, purifying the air and boosting its oxygen content (Detweiler, 2012).i Indoor plants can also release moisture into your home, increasing indoor humidity.
This can be especially beneficial during the winter season when heating can dry out the air, aggravating respiratory problems and dehydrating your skin.
Happier and healthier
Gardening, especially if you enjoy it, can have lots of health benefits including helping you to feel happier, more relaxed and improving your sleep. Indoor gardening can also help cognitive ability, helping to learn new skills, or regain lost skills, and can help with memory and attention.
So, whether you want cleaner air, to feel more relaxed or just to have a new hobby this winter, why not give growing an indoor plant, or even a few indoor plants, a go!
Six of the best air purifying indoor plants:
- Peace Lily
- Florists Chrysanthemum
- Mother-in-laws Tongue
- English Ivy
- Devils Ivy
- Spider Plant
i 2012 study by Mark Detweiler, What is the evidence to support the use of therapeutic gardens for the elderly.