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How will we cope with being more housebound over the next few weeks, or months, as Covid-19 plays itself out?
One of South Africa’s largest indoor plant suppliers, Plantimex, is putting out a challenge #plantboostchallenge to encourage all of us to share how plants can help us feel better, hopeful and happier.
The challenge is on: Just take a selfie with your favourite plant and write the name of the challenge on a paper/poster #plantboostchallenge, together with the name of your plant and post it on FB, Instagram and Twitter.
Another way to spread joy through plants is to give them as gifts, especially now. That is what Ivo van Geest, commercial director of Plantimex, will be doing on pensioners days at selected stores over the next few weeks.
“Senior citizens are among our most vulnerable which is why we wanted to share a Living Gift with some of our senior citizens by giving them a beautiful phalaenopsis orchid,” says Ivo.
Study after study has shown the link between gardening and plants and a sense of well-being.  The next time you go shopping, add plants to your shopping list, and this is why you should:

  • Relationships and compassion: Studies have shown that people who spend more time around plants are much more likely to try and help others, and often have more advanced social relationships. People who care for nature are more likely to care for others.
  • Improved Concentration and memory: Green is a calming colour and bringing living plants into the home or office space helps people to concentrate better and this also improves memory.
  • Good for children: Children who spend time around plants also learn better. Being in a natural environment, improves the ability of children with Attention Deficit Disorder to focus, concentrate, and engage more with their surrounding environment.
  • Flowers generate happiness: having flowers in the home and office lifts people’s moods, helps them to be more hopeful and reduces stress-related depression.
  • Accelerates the healing process: The presence of plants in hospital wards and views of gardens helps patients to heal faster, due to the soothing effect of nature.
  • More energy and improved human performance: Time spent in natural environments increases energy levels and vitality which helps to improve human performance. Studies should that tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy.
  • Greater sense of well being.  Studies have proven that people who spend more time outside in nature have better mental health and a more positive outlook on life.

Plants purify the air:  While all plants purify the air, some are more effective than others, according the NASA Clean Air Study. Plants like Sansevieria and Birds Nest fern absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Others, like bromeliads, ferns, Peace lily and dracaena filter the air, reduce toxins and remove unpleasant odours.