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Seasonal Tip

What Is A Houseplant?
July 09, 2010

What exactly are these things we call "houseplants?" For the most part, they fall under two categories:

  1. Houseplants are generally tropical plants - native to the tropical and subtropical areas of the world.
  2. Houseplants are also decorative plants that can be sustained year-round in an indoor environment.

Houseplants bring our living and working spaces to life! They provide interest, color, and texture. Houseplants can create serenity with delicate leaves and enchanting, soothing colors. In addition, they can also create excitement with their strong leaf patterns and veining, coarse textures, and bold tropical colors.

Houseplants also have health benefits! They filter toxins from the air (Benzene, Trichloroethylene, and Formaldehyde). Plants take in CO2 and replenish the air we breathe with oxygen. They can create an aesthetically pleasing environment which helps to boost our moods and relieve stress.

Lighting is the number one limiting factor for the plants that we are able to grow successfully in our own spaces. Most offices and homes can sustain plants that are considered “low light.” These are plants that can not only survive, but thrive in artificial office lighting, northern
windows, locations that are several feet away from an east or west window, or plants positioned far back from a southern exposure.

Some offices and most homes will have a few areas that will sustain “medium light” plants. This would include direct exposure to an eastern or western facing window, or filtered light from a southern exposure. If you place your plant in lighting that is not suitable for its growth, it will let you know. Low light is indicated by yellowing, dropping leaves and buds as well as spindly, open growth. Light that is too bright will cause washed out/bleached color on the leaves or darkened sunburn spots.

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