There are national appreciation days for different types of diseases, for teachers, for sweets (to promote the candy industry,) and countless other causes and industry-related promotions. It is therefore fitting that there also be a designated day to show appreciation for houseplants. Unless you are an avid gardener or plant fanatic, chances are you may not appreciate houseplants – or recognize their benefits. That is why January 10th is designated as National Houseplant Appreciation Day.
The goal of this appreciation day is to make sure people everywhere spread awareness about the benefits of houseplants, and the real fun people can have in growing them. There are many ways you can do that. You can buy a houseplant or two for your own home, buy one or more for your office or workplace, or buy one to take to an elderly family member – whether they live alone in an independent living situation, in an assisted living facility, or in a skilled nursing center-type place. Take a plant to a friend, coworker, family member, or a complete stranger who is hospitalized. At Gainan’s Flowers we have the perfect plant for any situation.
Why All the Hoopla About Houseplants?
No, it’s not all poppycock when people extol the benefits of houseplants. There is a lot of truth, and even scientific evidence to support the contention that houseplants offer tangible and intangible benefits, including:
- Purifying the air by removing toxins from the air and breathing in the reverse way from humans. Houseplants take in carbon dioxide and release purified and cleansed oxygen.
- Calm the mind and improve the way people feel – elevating mood and helping with depression – something that’s especially common during winter when cold, dreary and unpredictable weather prevents people from being as active as they are in good weather.
- Believe it or not, houseplants may improve thinking and awareness, while also increasing productivity. They also encourage creativity.
- They make it possible to bring a touch of outdoor nature, inside.
Low Maintenance Succulents
If you want a fun, interesting looking, easy-to-grow, low maintenance houseplant that will warm up any room throughout the cold and snowy Montana winter, consider one of these two succulents.
Healing Aloe is known for its ability to soothe burns and other skin issues. It’s also very easy to grow. We’ve created an unusual presentation for the three aloe plants that are planted in this stone planter.
For our Sunny Agave Garden, we took a stone bowl planter, just like the one we used for the aloe collection, and planted a gem agave in the stone, which is surrounded by polished rocks and pods. The beauty of these two plants is that they don’t need anything more than to be placed in a very bright place – where they can get full sun, or decent artificial plant light. They require very little water, so if you forget about them, they’ll just continue to thrive.