Despite the health benefits of houseplants, many of us do not want to go through the trouble of caring for and maintaining indoor gardening. Not everyone has a green thumb and growing plants indoors can be challenging. Luckily, there are options available for those wanting to reap the advantages of having indoor plant life. By choosing easy to care for plants, such as succulents and cacti, almost anyone can bring more plants indoors. Learn more about the health benefits of indoor gardening and why you should consider choosing succulents and cacti.
Benefit #1: They Help You Breathe Easier
Let us take a look at why having plants inside your home is good for your health. Humans and plants co-exist and rely on each other for sustenance. We breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide into the environment. During the day, plants do the opposite, absorbing our carbon dioxide and releasing more oxygen into the air. During the night, this part of photosynthesis ceases, except when it comes to certain succulents and cacti, which continue to release oxygen throughout the night. Adding succulents and cacti to your home can help keep your air fresh while also removing some of the toxins from the environment.
Benefit #2: They Zen You Out
Studies have found that indoor plants can improve your concentration and boost your mood by up to 15 percent! Whether it’s the pleasing pattern of textural cacti that calms the mind or the reminder of nature that makes us feel more relaxed, having succulents and cacti in your home or office will make your day more productive and peaceful. And since the act of caring for a plant—watching it grow and flourish with our help—is rewarding, it can also help alleviate loneliness and depression.
Benefit #3: They Have the Power to Heal
Succulents and cacti are way more than just pretty faces: they also contain healing properties long used for wound healing and other health benefits. For example, agave is a natural antiseptic that can be used to treat cuts and burns. The gel of an aloe vera plant alleviates sunburns, and helps with cuts and bruises, and has long been taken internally to treat bowel diseases, fever, and other conditions.
Benefit #4: They Can Live Anywhere
Short on space? Whether you live in an apartment, condo, or house, succulents are your best bet for adding a bit of greenery and visual interest to your space. Small pots, teacups, mason jars, hanging planters—your planting choices are endless. With their low-maintenance plant personality and shallow root system, they are the perfect plants to use when creating a vertical or wall garden—that way, you get art and nature in one beautiful display, and it doesn’t take up any floor space!
Choosing Hardy Plants
It can be a tricky process caring for plants indoors. You may find that your plants do not get enough sunlight or you could simply forget to keep them sufficiently watered. This is where succulents and cacti become useful. Both varieties of plants are known for being hardy and easy to care for. They do not require as much water as most common plant varieties and can survive in difficult environments. You do not need a green thumb to care for succulents and cacti.
Succulent Mixes and Cacti Gardens
To make the process of caring for succulents and cacti even easier, we have a selection of pre-made gardens ready for you to place inside your home. Full of vibrant leaves and an array of textures and shapes, this small succulent mix will easily fit in a window sill or on a kitchen counter. If you prefer cacti over succulents, this medium cactus garden is another option. This container comes with a mixture of different cacti for a colorful assortment that will instantly add charm and life to any room.
Giving Plants as the Perfect Gift
Do you know someone that could use a little bit of cheer? Succulents and cacti gardens also make the perfect gift. Affordable, simple to transport, and easy to care for, consider giving the gift of health this Earth Day by choosing one of these succulents containers or baskets. There are several different styles and sizes to choose from, including gardens in small baskets and assorted containers.
This Earth Day, consider bring more plant life into your home or purchase a gift for a coworker or loved one. Both succulents and cacti are easy plants to care for and bring numerous health benefits. Take a look at some of the succulent and cacti mixes available today.