As we spend more time indoors and have less access to outdoor activities, the accessibility of nature becomes more and more limited. One solution? Bring nature indoors and spruce up your space with houseplants.
Busy, homebound, graduate-student-tested, here are the top 10 easiest houseplants to take care of (plus recommendations from the experts).
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1. Snake Plant
Looking for low maintenance Snake plants might be perfect for you.
Great for any plant parent, as these plants are forgiving. Snake plants can thrive in most environments.
Ecopsychology “explores humans’ psychological interdependence with the rest of nature and the implications for identity, health, and well-being”. Application of ecopsychology in daily wellness (ecotherapy) does not necessarily have to extend to nature or wilderness retreats or outdoor recreation, but some researchers argue for houseplants as an alternative approach to ecotherapy.
The scientific literature on ecopsychology is relatively scarce when it specifically comes to house plants and psychological wellness (e.g. feeling more content). Nonetheless, in addition to demonstrated psychological benefit of contact with nature, scientific findings suggest mechanisms through (1) stress reduction and (2) stimulating compassion.
Some research suggests that women-identifying individuals are more likely to psychologically benefit from houseplants and that flowering plants have been observed to elicit greater benefit than nonflowering plants. Still, the effects appear to benefit across the board and the push for indoor greenery on college campuses may benefit extending to college students and professionals alike who are homebound during the pandemic.