Summer is nearly over, and the big holidays of the year – Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s – aren’t too far away.
But we are already like little kids waiting for Christmas, because next week is officially National Indoor Plant Week. Yes, it’s a real thing! It’s right up there with Naked Outdoor Gardening Day in May. It is celebrated the third week of September every year. In 2019, this is Monday, September 16 through Saturday, September 22.
What, you haven’t made your plant party plans yet? (Say it fast three times). No problem. Good Earth Plant Company can get you started as we celebrate by spreading the word to you about the benefits of having indoor plants in your work and home environment.
If you’re a regular reader of the Good Earth Plants weekly blog, you know we’re true believers in the power of plants. We are especially enthusiastic about indoor plants and all the many good things that happen when we bring plants inside our homes, offices, and other buildings. To us, plants are superheroes of health and wellness! Hat tip to our colleague and good friend Janice Goodman of Cityscapes in Boston – she’s been talking about the power of plants for years!
National Indoor Plant Week was established to promote and increase public awareness of the importance of live plants in interior spaces. Indoor plants are growing in popularity in American homes and workplaces, and also in places like hospitals, shopping malls, and hotels.
Anyone can participate in this holiday. Do your part with something as simple as giving a plant to a friend. Read our blog post about the different meanings of certain plants and flowers. Check it out to make sure you’re delivering the right message to the right person before you give that gift.
When you add plants to your indoor environment, you:
- Improve air quality
- Reduce noise and distractions
- Decrease stress
- Increase productivity
- Increase creativity
- Increase presenteeism
- Decrease absenteeism
- And they are just plain pretty to look at!
While we concentrate at times about plants in your workplace, don’t forget your home. A good place to start is your bedroom. Adding living plants improves your sleeping environment by increasing oxygen levels, lowering stress and relieving anxiety. Some advocates encourage you to add lavender, jasmine, Aloe Vera, sansevierias, or ivy to bust through problems with insomnia. We can’t promise it will work, but isn’t it worth a try?
Some ways you can celebrate National Indoor Plants Week:
- Take extra care of the houseplants you already own. Fall is a perfect time to give them a last dose of fertilizer until spring. Dust off the leaves with a soft cloth soaked in warm, soapy water
- Bring home some new friends for your houseplants from your favorite garden store.
- Give a houseplant (or a cutting) as a gift to a friend, especially someone at home a lot such as a retired relative or friend.
- Learn more about the benefits of houseplants to your health. Start with one of our favorite blog posts.
- Stand by your houseplant and breath in the air! It’s producing healthy oxygen just for you.
- Teach your kids about growing and caring for plants, and encourage them to care for some plants of their own.
- Talk to your plants. People believe plants respond positively when you talk to them. It can’t hurt – and you will benefit from the positivity too.
- Most of all, have fun spending quality time with your beautiful indoor plants.
Anyone can participate in National Indoor Plant Week. No matter the size of your work or living space, you can incorporate nature into your space. See our blog post on plants for small spaces for ideas.
Plants are a low cost and low maintenance way that you can enhance your work or home space.
Want more ideas on how to celebrate National Indoor Plant Week along with us at Good Earth Plant Company? Visit the website devoted to this event each year during the third week in September.
Feel like your office or home is missing plants? We can fix that! Give Good Earth Plants a call at 858-576-9300 or visit our website at GoodEarthPlants.com.