National Houseplant Appreciation Day
By mid-January, most of our various holiday decorations and Christmas trees have made their way out of our homes. National Houseplant Appreciation Day is on January 10 every year. It reminds us that we don’t have to lose the freshness and vibrancy that plants bring to our homes just because the holidays have drawn closer. If you have the post-holiday blues, this is the perfect chance to brighten up your house with a lovely plant that you can enjoy all year. But houseplants do more than bring a splash of green into our homes. National Houseplant Appreciation Day raises awareness of the numerous benefits of tending to an indoor plant. Houseplants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen for us to breathe, improving the air quality in your home. Plants also release moisture into the air, conditioning it with refreshing humidity that can make your house feel cooler! What’s more, many houseplants are easy to care for and have an array of household uses that help you save money. So whether your green thumb has driven you to amass an impressive indoor garden, or you are just kicking around the idea of a low-maintenance cactus for your desk, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and join us in bringing the outdoors inside on National Houseplant Appreciation Day.
National Houseplant Appreciation Day Timeline
For the Rich Only
Wealthy families used houseplants to decorate their large estates.
Here’s an Idea
In his book ‘ The Garden of Eden, ‘ agricultural expert Sir Hugh Plant writes about the possibility of conservatories and greenhouses.’
The modern ‘Terrarium’ changed how plants could be transported across the ocean.
Faux Plant Fad
The houseplant fad of keeping flowering orchids and faux plants started.
National Houseplant Appreciation Day Activities
- Get a houseplant —and appreciate it
- After the wreaths and holly of the holidays, our wintertime houses can seem a little dreary. National Houseplant Appreciation Day is the perfect opportunity to pick up some greenery to brighten your home year-round. If you already have a houseplant, try moving it to a new place in your home. The change will refresh your attention so you can appreciate your plant more. Make sure the plant’s new position gets the same light!
- Decorate your houseplant
- The holiday season is over, but you can still enjoy a decorated plant in your home. Put your houseplant in an eye-catching place and spruce it up (no pun intended). You can hang beads, ornaments, or even jewellery if your plant is sturdy enough. For more flexible plants, try crepe paper or ribbon; on non-edible plants, tinsel or glitter make fun alternatives. Worried about damaging your houseplant? Decorate the dirt at the base of your plant with plastic cake decorations, or give the outside of the soil pot a makeover.
- Visit a plant nursery
- There are plenty of baby plants in grocery stores that are looking for a good home, but the folks at a nursery will be able to help you pick a houseplant that is right for you. All plants need sunlight, water, and nutrients; however, the amount of each differs between plants. A sunny window ledge with daily water is perfect for certain plants. In contrast, others prefer more dappled sunlight and water once a week. With an idea of where you’d like to put your plant and how often you’d like to care for it, the experts at your local nursery will be able to match you up with the perfect houseplant.
Why We Love National Houseplant Appreciation Day
- They produce oxygen
- They may seem small, but houseplants can contribute a surprising amount of fresh oxygen to the air. Even better, they produce that oxygen with the carbon dioxide we exhale. They refresh our air like little…well, recycling plants. Interestingly, all plants and animals have a metabolism that burns oxygen for energy. Still, during the day, plants can use their green pigment to convert sunlight into a kind of energy they can store for later. The byproduct is oxygen, which they release into the air for us to breathe.
- We can use them
- Many edible plants can be grown indoors, from small herbs in window boxes to proud citrus trees in mighty pots. Aside from the obvious benefits of growing your food, utilising the plants you’ve been tending in your home feels good. Some non-edible houseplants have, too, like the aloe vera plant, whose thick, pointy leaves can be snapped open and squeezed onto minor burns, scrapes, and sunburned skin. It also can be used as a natural eye makeup remover, shaving cream, and even as a cure for bad breath.
- They cool the air
- That refreshing plant smell isn’t just oxygen. Believe it or not, a houseplant will reduce the air temperature in your home. Plants produce humidity and oxygen, and this added moisture cools the air. Some plants produce more humidity than others, so you can pick a plant that conditions the air the way you like it. As a general rule, desert plants produce less humidity than tropical plants. Temperate plants vary in the amount of moisture they release into your home. In contrast, flowers and other scented plants release odour particles as well.