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Plant Gifts of Love

April 5, 2012
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Are you focused on some last-minute Easter shopping? Before you head to your local retail store, think more organically: Think indoor plants.

Similar to the ways the trees in our backyards, parks and streetscapes provide us with numerous health and wellness benefits, plants can contribute to healthier indoor environments as well. They help patients recover more quickly in hospitals and reduce stress levels during busy hours of the day. Their green color relaxes the mind.

Plants not only add color and aesthetic appeal to indoor settings, they also help increase productivity and comfort. According to a study from Washington State University, plants release moisture in an office environment, creating a humidity level that matches the recommended human comfort range of 30 to 60 percent.

Easter is the perfect holiday to give plants as gifts. Some indoor plants can be repurposed as outdoor plants in our gardens - just in time for planting season. After a few weeks of proper care and maintenance indoors, an Easter lily, chrysanthemum or an azalea can be ready to transplant outdoors.

Happy, Healthy Plants - Inside & Out. Indoor environments don't necessarily keep plants away from harm. To keep indoor plants healthy after the Easter holiday, execute proper care and maintenance:

  • Remove foil from the flower pot to avoid overwatering.
  • Keep your plant away from heat sources and windowsills behind closed curtains.
  • Occasionally mist the plant and immediately remove dead flowers and leaves.
  • Provide sufficient water to keep the soil moist, not soggy.
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Once the weather is right and the plant is ready to transplant outdoors, remember to maintain its good health for the remainder of the spring and summer months. Some indoor plants thrive in moist, shady outdoor areas, while others are more sensitive to overwatering. So before the big move, research the best locations for the plant species to better ensure it will thrive.

 

Teach by Example. Not only are seed plantings, watering and plant care tasks hands-on, but these activities also encourage children to practice responsibility. Bring your children with you to the local greenhouse to choose plants of their own. Educate them about the steps they need to take to keep their plants healthy. And show them what plants need to stay alive.

Then, watch your children learn as you assist them with their plants. Periodically ask for their predictions about the plants' growth. Take pictures to document the progress and experience.

After a few weeks of consistent, proper care under your guidance, your children will begin to notice the green seedlings peek out of the soil and share their excitement and pride. No matter how simple or small, signs of growth represent a sense of accomplishment for all, including the young, wondrous eyes of children.

Start New Holiday Traditions This Year. Instead of throwing out all that extra plastic Easter grass on Monday morning, you can create your own organic Easter basket and benefit from the real herbs you plant inside. In the process, you'll also teach your kids how to be economically conscious.

Add live, vibrant plants to your Easter baskets this year. You'll fill your friends' and loved ones' homes with greenery and comfort, and you'll fill their hearts with love.

 

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