It’s 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.
This is one holiday COVID-19 can’t ruin for us. Your indoor plants deserve a celebration. They’ve kept you happier and healthier during the pandemic. You don’t have to worry about social distancing with your indoor plants. You can gather and party all you want, no masks required!
To Good Earth Plant Company, 2020 has been National Indoor Plant YEAR. People have purchased plants in record numbers. Nurseries and garden centers remained open as essential businesses. Rutgers University agriculture professor Joel Flagler says people turn to nature in times of crisis in their lives. As a result, plants are in short supply.
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 the frontline workers of health and wellness!
National Indoor Plant Week was established to promote and increase public awareness of the importance of live plants in interior spaces. Indoor plants were already growing in popularity, and now the coronavirus pandemic has been like a high growth fertilizer as people bring even more plants into their homes and workplaces consider adding indoor plants for safer and more welcoming environments.
Anyone can participate in this holiday. Do your part with something as simple as giving an indoor 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 humidity, which may reduce aerosol transmission
- 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 Plant Week:
- Give your indoor plants some extra attention. 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 plants from your favorite garden store.
- Give a houseplant (or a cutting) as a gift to a friend who’s still mostly staying at home or in an at-risk category for COVID-19. Use contactless delivery.
- Learn more about the benefits of indoor plants to your health. Start with one of our favorite blog posts.
- Stand by your houseplant and breathe 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. Make it part of your at-home science education.
- 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.
- Make the most of your pandemic indoor time by spending quality time with your beautiful indoor plants.
Anyone can participate in National Indoor Plant Week. No matter the size of your indoor space, you can incorporate nature into your space. See our blog post on plants for small spaces for ideas.
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.
Are indoor plants missing in your life? Could indoor plants at your workplace create a safer environment for returning employees? We can fix this – we enrich people’s lives with plants. Give Good Earth Plants a call at 858-576-9300 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Yes, I answer EVERY email personally!>