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Indoor plants – a piece of nature in your own four walls

Posted on November 06 2020

Now that winter is approaching and the outdoor plants have to be wintered in soon, it is the ideal time for indoor plants, which not only provide good air but also a good mood. – Reading time: 4 minutes

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A few beautiful plants, distributed around the home, create a much better atmosphere in practically no time at all – and that in the truest sense of the word. Because the green and flowering plants are not only pleasing to the eye.

Indoor plants have become part of our lives as more and more people move to the cities, where close proximity to nature is not always guaranteed. While only a hundred years ago, even workers often had a small kitchen garden or allotment garden, and for certain professions, such as coal mining, a cottage with a garden was part of the job, the world of work and life has now changed radically. Growing cities are taking in more people who do not come out into the countryside during the week and often even longer. And if you can't go out into the countryside, you just bring them home.

Why it is worth growing indoor plants

Plants have many advantages, apart from the fact that they are simply beautiful. Just a few plants on the windowsill or balcony or a great large plant will immediately make rooms much more cosy. But green plants in particular can do much more.

  • They improve the air in the room and ensure sufficient humidity even in heated air.
  • Even if indoor plants improve the air in the room, regular airing is still the most effective way to keep the air fresh.
  • Plants are natural sound absorbers.
  • Green plants and flowering plants are stress killers – looking at them and caring for them "grounds" the owner as well as gardening.
  • A greened ambience improves the ability to concentrate.

 

Popular indoor plants that do really good

What decorates the rooms at home naturally depends a little on your own preferences, but also on the amount of light and sunshine. After all, no species that love the blazing sun will thrive at the north window – and vice versa. And if you have a good feeling for plants, even demanding species will thrive. For plant lovers without the proverbial green thumb, on the other hand, we recommend species that make few demands and survive even if you forget to water them.

Many popular indoor plants such as aloe, green lilies, philodendrons and smaller palm species originate from the tropical forest, where they thrive in shade or semi-shade. This makes them so suitable for growing indoors. Fern and ivy also cope well with the low incidence of light and even love cool rooms such as corridors or locations in stairwells. Green plants also find a place in the kitchen: here in the form of popular kitchen herbs such as rosemary, thyme or basil.

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Indoor plants in the bedroom: Really that bad?

Just like all large and small plant species, green plants in your own four walls convert carbon dioxide into oxygen via leaf green or chlorophyll. So many plants in the home provide air to breathe. Especially plants with large leaves are ideal for this. However, it is often said that plants draw oxygen from the air overnight in reverse. This is why they should – supposedly – not be placed in the bedroom. Zimmerpflanzen

In fact, photosynthesis is reversed at night, as plants do not receive sunlight for CO 2 decomposition and do indeed absorb oxygen. However, this happens only to a very small extent and in no way causes the slow suffocation during sleep! However, indoor plant experts recommend hydroponics and undemanding, little watered plants for bedrooms, such as aloe, the evergreen arch or orchids. This is because they carry less risk of mould in the potting soil.

Grow indoor plants yourself?!

Anyone who enjoys indoor plants will soon notice that many species are easy to propagate. The undemanding green lily is always producing new shoots, and some kitchen herbs, such as mint, can be used to send new plants on their way to neighbouring pots by means of booms. But plants can also be grown from seeds themselves, either in pots or even in a practical raised bed on the balcony.

Whether you try your hand at green plants or cultivate fruit and vegetables instead is up to you. The popular avocado, for example, is a fast-growing tree that is easy to grow from a seed: simply provide the seed with three "feet" made of matches and place it in a glass about 1 cm deep in water. Roots and seedlings will soon form in a light but not sunny location. When the first leaves are visible, the core can be placed halfway into the ground.

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However, an avocado quickly goes beyond the limits of what is possible, the tree becomes metres high within a short time and then has to be "released into the wild". With a little patience, after a few years you can harvest your own avocados (but for this you need the appropriate pollination) and thus avoid the environmentally harmful avocados from the supermarket in the future. If you like it smaller, you can try to grow tomatoes or peppers in a pot or make do with slow growing species.

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