Adding Peace and Joy with House Plants

Day 7 in the Peace and Joy at Home Series.

Plants help bring peace and joy to a home by cleaning the air and providing a touch of beauty.

It is amazing to think that little green plants actually clean the air. Or maybe it isn’t. God is our genius designer after all.

Scientific studies have shown that plants do a very good job of reducing toxins in the air. And they are usually inexpensive, which means we can have a few of them. It’s best to have at least one plant per 100 feet.

For those of us who stay home a lot, it is very important to pay attention air quality. Poor air quality can cause all kinds of trouble, including irritability and distractedness. Two things which make our homes less than delightful!

I have written a guest post explaining which plants are most beneficial: Using Plants to Clean the Air in Your Home.

Here are a few of the plants we have in our home:

A big ficus tree. Which I love. They have so much character.

We also have quite a few Spider plants.

These are wonderful because they keep on propagating. I believe we’ve already got four or five new plants off of the original one.

I’m sure there is a proper way to plant the baby spider plants, but I usually just pick them off with my fingers and put them in a new pot with potting soil. So far, so good.

This article has some detailed information about caring for Spider plants, if you are interested.

We also have a few pothos plants.

These are great because they are hard to kill. I am not the best at remembering to water, so if a plant stays alive in this house, well call it easy maintenance. If you are like me, you might enjoy this: The Best Houseplants for Beginners: Plants You Can’t Kill

I am trying to grow herbs on our enclosed porch, but haven’t made it too far on this project yet. Having herbs close at hand is wonderful. It’s so nice to snip some chives and toss them into a skillet of scrambled eggs!

I don’t have much advice to give in this area. So you may want to check out the following articles:

How to Grow Herbs on Your Windowsill

How to Have an Herb Garden Inside

The other High Five Moms are also sharing on this topic today.

Jasmine of Ponder the Path
Kerimae of A Happy Home
Brandy of The Marathon Mom
Andie of Happy Andersons

Do you have plants in your home? If so, which ones?

Top image credit

I’m linking up to Your Green Resource

Comments

  1. I needed this post today! My daughter has been asking for a “pet that she can keep in her room” for days now. I guess our dog is not enough. I told her she could have a pet rock, but I guess the pet also needs to be alive. Just today we compromised on her having a plant to take care of in her room. I’m definitely going to look at the houseplants you can’t kill link before I get her one!

    • My daughter has a spider plant in her room and it’s managed to stay alive for about a year now. I highly recommend those. Today we took one of the babies and planted it in separate pot for my son.

      It’s fun for them. I think it makes them feel a little more grown up.

      I also like knowing it’s cleaning the air in the their bedrooms.

      We have had a mishap for time to time…like the pot getting knocked over. Just so you know :)

  2. I have a couple house plants (like a pothos) and one other I’m not sure of the name on…but I would love to get more going. I love how you planted your spider plant in the tea kettle…so lovely!

  3. I’ve been meaning to add many more plants to our home since they are such good natural air purifiers. I don’t have any pothos. Gonna look for those!

    Thank you for linking this!

  4. I have exactly ONE houseplant that I managed to keep alive for more than six months. A local Episcopalian church left a little Easter basket on my doorstep one spring and in it, a tiny ivy plant that I managed to nuture into a beautiful, living masterpiece. When I moved across the country, I was so afraid that the one plant I didn’t kill wouldn’t survive the move, and I had to give it to my neighbor before we left. Perhaps I’ll try one of those pothos plants if they are hardy :)