Houseplants are a comforting and beautiful presence in the home, and they can also improve a person’s well-being and mental health. Jan. 10, National Houseplant Appreciation Day, is a reminder of how little things can bring so much joy and satisfaction. Here are five ways that you can show your gratitude for your foliage on National Houseplant Appreciation Day.
- Buy A Plant (For Yourself or Someone Else)
Plants make a great gift for yourself or someone else. With more people staying home due to COVID-19, it is vital to create a healthy and relaxing environment. Not only are indoor plants aesthetically pleasing, but studies show that horticulture therapy and growing plants can improve mental health. Having greenery in the home can boost mood, relieve stress and anxiety, and purify the air. Children can also emotionally grow and benefit from tending to plants. Gifting a plant can be a great way to show your appreciation of houseplants and of that person.
- Repot Your Plants
Remembering to replant foliage that has outgrown its pot is an easy task to push off. If any of your plants need to be repotted, National Houseplant Appreciation Day is a great day to do it. Repotting a plant will allow it to grow even more beautifully and live longer. Repotting also allows you to get a better look at the roots of the plant and identify any rotting or infection. The offshoots of the foliage can even be removed and placed in another container to grow a new plant baby.
- Upgrade Your Plant Supplies
Revamp your plant care regimen with new supplies. Many different types of equipment and supplies can go into plant care, such as watering canisters, rocks, soil, shovels, pots, and more. Buying new equipment can motivate you to actively care for your houseplant and increase the quality of care. If you are a bit more budget conscience, you can also utilize items around the house as a good equipment alternative. For example, an old jar can serve as a pot or small rocks from the garden can be a good addition to add into the soil.
- Show Off Your Plants on Social Media
Dedicate a post to show gratitude for your houseplants. Just as plants are aesthetically pleasing in the home, many people enjoy a glimpse of greenery through the screen. Documenting your plants through photos or a time-lapse video can also be a fun and rewarding way to see your plants’ growth.
- Prune and Keep Your Plants Pretty
Do the plants around your home need some sprucing up? Start by trimming and pruning dead or infected leaves. Simple upkeep not only makes plants appear more aesthetically pleasing but it also helps them to live longer. Keeping infected leaves attached to the plant can actually harm it, as the infection can spread. Cutting off bad leaves will allow the plant to focus on providing nutrients to the rest of itself and thrive!