Join the J.C. Hart Team! Click here to see our current job openings.

Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are very important. News flash: plants are vital to our survival. Think about it: food, building materials, medical efforts, oh and the most important of all, processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies highlight that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our wellness.

There are many reasons why household plants might improve our mental health, and an unmistakable reason is they’re preferred to smell and look at. Wallpaper and carpet have a hard time competing with living things and active colors. A recent study supports this notion in its findings that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a plant alive and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. According to the research, those who share extended periods of time in the presence of plants tend to have better relationships with friends & family and therefore experience heightened levels of happiness.

best apartment home houseplants 

Plants Help People...Help People

A separate study found that flowering plants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the house and in the workplace has the potential to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around houseplants are almost always more likely to offer help to others, and usually have more advanced social relationships. People who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating strong bonds resulting from their common interests.

More Plants, Less Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a calming effect, and having ornamental plants around the home is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the increased happiness derived from a space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is lessened as well. The research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by producing peace and open spaces to your brain.

Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List

Including ornamental houseplants in the office increases memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to fixate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being under the influence of houseplants inside your home can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study showed (Sewach).

Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are a couple examples of great houseplants to have in your apartment home:

best houseplants in apartment homes

Spider Plant

One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your kids are going to love them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re extremely easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and are great options to use in places that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water it well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University observed that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing houseplants. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are two other plants on the list. One of the greatest snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make small contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, they can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the low maintenance plants out there as snake plants can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and vibrantlook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with very low light and water. 

Notice anything with our two suggestions? If you have kid visitors, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?