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Houseplants for Health

Aside from their obvious beauty, there are plenty of great reasons to have houseplants and other types of indoor gardens in your home. Beautifully ornate and lush tropical plants can spruce up any bare room, bringing life into an otherwise stagnant and dull room, hallway or other living area.

Having a lot of plants give home dwellers that great “outside feeling” that we all so desperately need in these days of computer monitors and PC towers. What many aren’t aware of is that any kind of plant, from tropical to vegetable, can help to drastically reduce stress levels, through simulation of a more natural environment.

The great thing about house plants is that they are easy to care for with minimal effort, provided you understand your plants’ watering, lighting and feeding needs and you will be well on your way. The only thing left is to pick out some great looking plants that you prefer and that will thrive in your home. The internet is a vast source of free plant care knowledge!

Plants thrive on carbon dioxide, and through their own natural process, let off large amounts of life-vital, breathable air. And with the Earth’s rainforests and other natural environments being destroyed at a faster rate than an acre a minute, we need all the plants we can handle. Your home’s air will be much fresher, as well as less dry, as most plants will slightly increase the ambient humidity in your living space. This will lead to more comfortable, slightly improved sleeping conditions and fewer bloody noses during the dry winter months.

Once you realize how easy houseplants are, and how stylishly soothing they can be for you and your family, as well as the environment, there’s little reason why anyone shouldn’t consider getting a houseplant or two.

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Indoor Gardens for Decoration and Function (Part 4 of 4)

Now that we’ve gone over a few of the basics of starting a successful indoor garden at home such as lighting requirements, container options, and general watering tips, it’s time to delve into the important subject of fertilization. Many people spend the time and money to acquire and attempt to grow plants without ever considering that they need to be fed as well as watered.

Just like lighting, watering, and containers, fertilizer requirements will vary from plant to plant. Most generally, plants with a faster grow rate such as tomatoes and many other vegetables, will require a more frequent fertilizing than plants with a slower growth rate, which in some cases, do not even require fertilizer.

Fertilizer comes in liquid, pebble, sticks, powders, etc., as well as many other forms and application types. You will want to read the instructions carefully to insure that you do not over fertilize. If you decide to go with many of the available liquid fertilizers, be sure to double check the label to see if the mix is concentrated. If so, carefully follow the dilution instructions to ensure you don’t shock the plant. Never believe that more fertilizer is always better! One tell-tell sign of too much fertilization is dried or burned leaves.

Now that we have gone over the technical aspects, the only other important thing to keep in mind is that gardening indoors, much like outdoor gardening, is a chore as well as a hobby. This will require your patience, care, and the ability to go through the trials and tribulations of starting a new venture. The more research you do, and the dirtier your hands get, the better. And once you are done, you can sit back and enjoy your living decorative environment that will spruce up any bland or stagnant room with lush greenery for many years to come, as well as provide vegetables and fresh herbs for meals your family will love.

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