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Winter makes you morose? There is nothing like houseplants to chase the greyness and brighten up an interior.

The pleasure of gardening

Just a few plants with flowers or interesting foliage to rejuvenate your home. Strategically placed, they can hide power outlets and electrical cords, add color to the room, and even make your home warmer.

In addition, growing indoor plants is a hobby that contributes to mental health. Taking care of plants teaches us the sense of responsibility and patience, in addition to relieving stress. We also know that plants improve mood: the sight of an amaryllis or a primrose flower is comforting even on the grayest days.

Many companies encourage their employees to grow plants at work, which increases productivity by helping to lower the amount of carbon dioxide that plants need to produce their nutrients; on the other hand, they emit oxygen, which humans need. They can even eliminate some toxic chemicals in the air. NASA researchers were the first to discover that plants purify the air in homes and buildings by removing chemical pollutants from cleaning products, carpets and building materials.

Sow and you will reap …

Even if you do not have a green thumb, houseplants can survive for many years without problems in your home if you give them the right conditions of light and temperature, as well as fertile soil and water. in sufficient quantity.

Buy plants that can adapt to the particular situation of your home: for example, do not buy plants that need a lot of direct light if your house is dark and has mostly small windows on the north side. Conversely, do not buy plants that like cool temperatures if your home is hot and dry, especially at night. Finally, if your house is full of drafts, it is better to avoid tropical plants.

But first and foremost, buy quality plants, as much as possible, in a reputable nursery or nursery; the plants you sell will certainly have received the care they need. Most plants have a label with indications of basic care. For further guidance, consult a specialized book or the Internet.

Dr. Monika Mathur

Ph.D Yale University

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