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Let's Grow Indoors
4/10/2014 1:23:52 PM


The beauty of flowers and plants doesn’t need to stop in your garden or patio. Bring the feeling of spring and growth into your home with houseplants.

Before you say that you’re thumb is anything but green, take into consideration the wide variety of plants available. There are plants that will thrive in virtually any type of environment. The trick is matching the plant with your surroundings to foster a relationship that works for both of you.

The staff with Greengate Garden Center are matchmakers, of sorts. "Once we know the lighting availability in a home, we can find a plant that will do well,” said Daniel Chimeno, general manager. "It’s important to match the plant to the light available so that the homeowner doesn’t get discouraged.”

He said there are varieties of plants that are tolerant to different lighting conditions. The mother-in-law tongue, or snake plant, are among the toughest of all houseplants. They can withstand virtually any conditions, from dark to light. Also, a peace lily does well in low light so it’s a popular choice for many homeowners.

Along with light, knowing how much to water a plant is another key for helping them thrive. A common mistake plant lovers make is to water every plant on the same schedule. "Depending on the variety, one plant may do best with watering only once a month while another plant needs to be watered weekly,” said Chimeno. He said to check the plant information when you purchase the plant, or check online, for any care needs. "If you purchase from Greengate, we’ll make sure you have all the information you need so that you can enjoy your plant for years.”

In addition to the aesthetic appeal of plants, they also offer health benefits. Plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, while people take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. "People and plants work well in the same environment because they naturally benefit from each other,” Chimeno said.

Part of a plant’s photosynthetic process is to release moisture vapor, adding humidity in the air around them. In fact, plants release roughly 97 percent of the water they take in; they’re natural humidifiers. Studies show that when several plants are in a room, they can raise the humidity level, which helps promote good respiratory health in humans, as well as decreasing their incidence of dry skin, colds and sore throats.

Plants remove toxins from the air, up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s, every day, according to NASA research. VOC’s include substances like formaldehyde, found in rugs, vinyl and cigarette smoke, as well as benzene and trichloroethylene, found in man-made fibers, paint and inks.

Whether you like plants as a boost to your home’s décor or to encourage good health, they meet needs on many levels. Adding them to your home will give you a cozy environment and help you breathe a little easier.

For advice on plants, call Greengate Garden Center at 477.6080.

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