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Celebrate National Houseplant Appreciation Day

While some may have a “green thumb” when it comes to gardening and taking care of plants, others might feel it’s an area with an uncertainty they don’t think they’ll ever find the key to unlock; however, Jan. 10 is National Houseplant Appreciation Day, and it just might be time to reconsider and make a start by venturing into the world of houseplants – or, if you already have a collection, perhaps it’s time to add a new leafy friend or two.

It can be as simple as taking the step to buy a single houseplant and making the habit of caring for it on a consistent basis and in the way needed for that particular plant. Possibilities that make sense for your situation will depend on how much space and light you have, as well as whether you have children or pets, as some plants can pose hazards.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society website, the psychological benefits of indoor plants have been shown to include helping to promote a better mood, increasing productivity and reducing stress levels.

WebMD’s website notes researchers have found rooms with plants to help in having “less dust and mold than rooms without any foliage,” noting this can help with allergies and general air quality.

All that aside, a new project can be fun while helping to decorate our indoor spaces and possibly help us feel better in the process. Do you have houseplants? Have you made previous attempts? Perhaps you gave up long ago, but now are ready to step back in and give it another attempt. Do you have an especially interesting houseplant you’d like to tell us about?

There’s a plethora of information available to help us decide what might be right – from talking to friends and family to visiting local shops, websites, shows and more.

Over the years, some of the houseplants I’ve especially enjoyed having include a couple of Venus flytraps, a rhododendron, small cacti and other succulents.

Why not give it a chance? You just might find your proverbial thumb to be greener than you think.

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