Blog: It's National Houseplant Week!

15 January 2021

The Christmas trees are down, there's snow covering every inch outside and you might be feeling a bit glum faced with a January stuck indoors during lockdown.

So, this National Houseplant Week, why not indulge in a few bits of greenery dotted around your home?

The health benefits of houseplants

Adding a few plants to your home doesn't just brighten things up, but it can help to improve your wellbeing!

Here are some of the benefits to your health that indoor plants can provide (courtesy of the RHS)...

  • An improved mood
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Increased worker productivity (adding plants to office environments in particular)
  • Increased speed of reaction in a computer task
  • Improved attention span (in some scientific studies, but not all)
  • Increased pain tolerance (for example, where plants were used in hospital settings)
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced fatigue and headaches by 20-25 percent in one study
  • Patients in hospital rooms with plants reported decreased post-operative pain

Not got much of a green thumb?

You don't have to be Alan Titchmarsh or grow fiddle-leaf fig trees - there are plenty of houseplants out there for even the blackest thumb. If you like plants you can simply neglect, try a pothos, orchid or jade plant. Tend to kill plants by overwatering? Try a peace lily - they can practically live in a fish tank!