3 indoor plant myths debunked

EEdgar September 8, 2023 10:21 PM

Everyone loves the touch of greenery that indoor plants bring to a space. Not only do they add aesthetic value, but they also help clean the air and create a calming environment. But, when caring for these plants, there are several myths and misconceptions that people commonly believe. Today, we're debunking three of those myths to clear the air (pun intended!) and help your indoor garden thrive.

Myth 1: Indoor plants need less care than outdoor plants

Contrary to popular belief, indoor plants often need more attention than their outdoor counterparts. Here's why:

  • Light: While many indoor plants can adapt to lower light conditions, most still need a significant amount of light to grow. Hence, it's essential to position them near windows or use artificial light sources, especially for plants with high light requirements.

  • Water: Overwatering is a common issue with indoor plants. Unlike outdoor plants, indoor plants don't have the advantage of natural rain and drainage. Therefore, it's crucial to water them properly according to their specific needs.

  • Humidity: Many indoor plants originate from tropical regions and require a certain level of humidity which often isn't present in indoor environments, making it necessary for plant owners to artificially increase humidity levels.

Myth 2: All indoor plants purify the air

It's often believed that all indoor plants purify the air, but the reality is a bit more complicated. While it's true that plants can absorb certain toxins through their leaves, not all plants have this capability to the same degree. Research shows that some plants are better at air purification than others. Here is a list of some plants known for their air-purifying properties:

  • Spider Plant
  • Boston Fern
  • Snake Plant
  • Peace Lily
  • Aloe Vera

Before buying a plant for its air-purifying abilities, it's crucial to research and select a species that is known for this trait.

Myth 3: Indoor plants help you sleep better

While some indoor plants like the Snake Plant and the Lavender Plant release oxygen at night and have calming properties that can potentially improve sleep quality, it's not a rule that applies to all indoor plants. Some plants, like the Peace Lily or the Orchid, actually release carbon dioxide at night instead of oxygen. While the amounts are minimal and not harmful, it's not enough to significantly improve sleep quality.

The right way to care for your indoor plants

Now that we've busted the common myths, here are some tips to properly care for your indoor plants:

  1. Understand the specific needs of your plant: Every plant has different light, water, and humidity requirements. It's necessary to understand these requirements to provide them with the appropriate care.

  2. Avoid overwatering: More plants die from overwatering than underwatering. Make sure to check the moisture level of the soil before watering your plant.

  3. Provide adequate light: Most indoor plants need plenty of light to grow. Position them appropriately or use artificial light if natural light is lacking.

  4. Control the humidity levels: If necessary, use a humidifier or other methods to maintain the humidity levels suitable for your plant.

By understanding the truth behind these myths and learning how to properly care for your indoor plants, you can help them grow healthily and add a beautiful touch of green to your indoor space.

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