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keeping your plants hydrated while on vacation
The Benefits of Indoor Plants
Tillandsias (air plants)
The Air Purifier Plant
The Feng Shui Symbolism of the Money Plant Tree


keeping your plants hydrated while on vacation
The Benefits of Indoor Plants
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keeping your plants hydrated while on vacation

Plants are living beings and prefer regular care, but frequent or lengthy absences need not stop you from filling your home with greenery. Some house plants, such as cacti and succulents, can literally go for months without water and should be perfect for even frequent travelers. By using watering systems such as wicks, capillary matting, and hydroculture, you can keep most plants happy for two weeks or even more. The plants that need the least care are those grown in sealed terrariums. They can often go for years without water!

The Benefits of Indoor Plants

The Effects of Indoor Plants on Health and Discomfort Symptoms
A Norwegian study from 1995-96 provides the best evidence for the health benefits of plants. The research team studied 60 office workers whom each experienced a plant and no plant condition during the spring months.
In the first year of the study, half of the subjects had a planter installed on their window sill and a large floor plant near their desks, while the other subjects experienced their standard office conditions without plants.

Tillandsias (air plants)

Air plants, Aerophytes or Tillandsias are members of Bromeliad family. Tillandsia species are epiphytes.Epiphyte plants are well known for their durability. They thrive on trunks and branches of trees high above ground. Their roots have only the purpose of clinging to the bark. They gain all the nutrients through rainwater and moisture in the air. Green Tillandsias thrive in tropical and subtropical climate. They should spend winters in warm (above 15°C) and bright space. Grey and silver white Tillandsias thrive in dry, steppe and mountain regions and should spend winters at temperatures above 8°C.

The Air Purifier Plant

Sanseviera is, in my opinion the most modern looking and befenficial of indoor plants. It's unfortunate this plant is given dreadful names,   “Snake Plant”,  which is due to  its variegated scale-motif colors of dark green, light green, white and yellow,  and  another horrible  name,  ” Mohter-in-law’s Tongue”, which is named after its bladelike shape leaves.
Sansevieria as an Air Filter
This amazing plant gained its popularity in 1999,  when after a 25-year research, NASA revealed that Sansevieria has an excellent capability of absorbing 107 unknown air pollutants including carbon monoxide and nitrogen monoxide.

The Feng Shui Symbolism of the Money Plant Tree

The money plant tree is a special type of bonsai plant by the name of Pachira Aquatica and is commonly used in feng shui practices. This tree is actually a combination of separate plants, usually five,  intertwined or braided at the trunk. The term was coined in the 1980’s after it grew in popularity across Asia. The first money tree was created in Taiwan by a man who had a few of these individual plants braided while it was still in the growing stage. It has become a common household plant throughout the world.

6 Houseplants You Can't Kill

The following 6 houseplants pretty much grow themselves. In fact, your biggest problem my be what to do with all the baby plants they’ll produce. All 6 can be grown in the indirect light from a window and like the same indoor temperatures as most people (55 - 75 degrees F.)As with any houseplant, there is always the threat of insect pests like aphids, scale, spider mites and whiteflies. But disease-wise the only things you’re likely to incur is root rot, from too much watering. So these 6 indoor plants are perfect for someone who always forgets to water their plants.

The Top 10 House plants For Preventing Diseases, Including Cancer!

Often people do not understand why they feel sick on a regular basis and why we develop symptoms that worsen over time. We hardly know that inside our house, various toxins are present at any time: toluene, xylene, ethyl acetate, methylene, acetone and chloroform, none of which are healthy.
Among other toxins present, three are of major concern: benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which could lead to serious health problems like asthma,cancer and various allergies.
In recent years, scientists at NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) have discovered that there are various houseplants that keep our household air clean and pure and balance indoor humidity.

Hate Dusting? Get Some Plants!

Forgetabout buying expensive air-purifying equipment. You can beautify your home and clear the air all at the same time by using houseplants to do the job.
According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, NASA experiments in air purification in space are showing that certain types of common houseplants do a terrific job getting rid of indoor pollutants that can cause a range of health problems.
There is a growing body of evidence that plants can reduce dust particles and contaminants such as formaldehyde and benzene that come from cigarette smoke, paint and paint thinner, furniture, building materials and other noxious sources.

Indoor plants help you lose weight!

house plantHouse plants have many advantages in any interior, whether at home or office. They are not only visually appealing, but offer many health benefits as well.
With so many pollutants in our environment today, it is not surprising that the quality of indoor air can be worse than the air in city streets. Most ventilation systems are designed to maintain the temperature thus recycling the same air continuously trapped with the contaminants in our homes and offices. We carry the dangerous particles in our homes, our clothes, we use chemicals, and even the furniture and paintings that we use in our homes trap contaminates.

New Study Suggests Indoor Plants Make You Smarter!

fan palmYou are probably aware that eating plants is good for you. However, what you may not know is that plants can provide benefits even if your taste buds run for cover at the first mention of spinach. New research is beginning to show that just having plants in your workspace may improve how you think.
In a study to be published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, researchers show that the mere presence of plants in an office setting boosts one’s ability to maintain attention.