In addition to Earth Day, April is also the month we celebrate Arbor Day. Arbor Day was first founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The traditional way to celebrate is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day, April 10th 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted around the world.
This arbor day, you can celebrate traditionally by planting a tree. Lots of communities have large volunteer events where they plant trees all over their city to be eco-friendly and boost overall curb appeal. It’s a great way to interact with your community, get some exercise and enjoy nature. If that’s not your “thing” you can simply plant your very own indoor plant! Not only are these good for the environment, but have multiple positive effects including helping you sleep and purifying the air you breathe.
If right about now your thinking “OMG my thumb is definitely not green!” - don’t worry! First of all, you’re not alone. I’ve had my fair share of failed plants. Second of all, there are so many indoor plants that are extremely easy to take care of and very low maintenance! They are also a great way to “decorate” your nest and add a touch of nature to your surroundings.
Some popular indoor plants include:
|String of Pearls||Ox Tongue||Umbrella Plant|
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Great indoor plants that are both easy to take care of AND can help you sleep include English ivy, snake plant, spider plant, lavender, jasmine, aloe vera, and gardenia. All of these plants purify the air, helping you fall asleep faster and sleep better. Lavender and jasmine and also aid in sleep because of their soothing fragrance that relieves stress. Place these plants by your nightstand or on a windowsill for the best sleep inducing results.
6 Tips for indoor plants:
It may be intimidating to try and start a mini garden within your home, but I promise it’s not that hard! With these few tips, you can turn your thumb green in no time.
- Avoid over-watering: If you over-water, this can drown the plant and cause it to wilt or even die. Yellow leaves are a sign of over-watering.
- Lighting is everything: Make sure your plants are in a spot where they can get enough light. Some plants need less light than others, so do your research before you decide where to place your plants.
- Forget me not: if you’re going on a trip for an extended period of time, don’t forget about your precious plants! Try to find a friend or family member who can stop by to take care of them while you’re away.
- Share a soda with your plants: Yes, you heard me right. The minerals in soda helps green plants grow. Who would’ve thought?
- Ice cubes: Placing ice around the soil will allow the melted water to absorb into the plant slowly and evenly.
- Kitchen Helpers: When you boil or steam veggies – the water remaining is great plant food. Give your houseplants a treat by giving them a few tablespoons of this nutrient dense liquid.
Now that we established, the best and easiest indoor plants and a few tips and tricks, do any of you #kitgirls have a favorite indoor plant? Share what indoor plants you have at home and how you keep them looking fabulous! Better yet – post a photo on IG and tag us!
Health, happiness and green thumbs!
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