National Houseplant Appreciation day is quickly approaching on January 10, 2023. Houseplants have been proven to help alleviate stress and improve concentration, so pick up a new plant for your home today!
What is National Houseplant Appreciation Day?
The day was started in 1984 by the American Association of Plant Owners (AAPO) to remind Americans that plants and animals can have a tremendous impact on one another.
The plant-owners association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting plant ownership and appreciating plants in the home. It was founded in New York City with chapters across the country.
Since then, it has become one of the most important days on the calendar.
On National Houseplant Appreciation Day, plant owners are encouraged to take care of their beloved plants and spread awareness about the benefits of having houseplants in your home.
In honor of the holiday, we've compiled a list of facts about houseplants that you may not have known.
Houseplants are a great way to add color, texture, and life to your space. On National Houseplant Appreciation Day (May 8), we're highlighting some of the many benefits these plants can offer.
How to Celebrate National Houseplant Day
Of course, the best way to celebrate National Houseplant Appreciation Day is to purchase a live plant and bring it into your home! So whether you’ve never owned a plant or are adding to an already impressive collection, this day is the perfect excuse to go out and get a plant.
If you’re new to houseplants, here are a few things you should try to keep in mind:
- Water your plants. The amount of water you use depends on the type of plant. Flowers require more water, while succulents require less. Do some research online to find the best houseplant for your lifestyle and watering habits.
- Find an appropriately-sized flower pot. Get a large enough pot to accommodate your houseplant and switch out pots as it grows. Keeping your plant in a pot that’s too small can block the expansion of roots, stunt growth, and increase the amount of water you have to provide to keep it alive.
- Prune your houseplants. Cutting back excess growth on houseplants doesn’t just make them look better but can fortify their health. If your houseplant is getting too big, pinch away stem tips and trim overgrowth. Also, remove dead or withering leaves.
- Make sure your plants are getting sunlight. Like watering, the amount of sun a given houseplant should receive depends on its type. While virtually all plants need sunlight to thrive, you can overexpose some plants by keeping them in direct contact with light for too long. So do some research and determine what an ideal amount of sunlight exposure looks like for your houseplant.
Houseplants are a great way to improve the air quality of your home, boost your mood, and even help you focus. So if you're looking for an easy way to get healthier and happier, consider adding some greenery.