Which Plants Should You Have in Your Home

All of us have seen the collective images on Instagram or the full page layout in magazines showing people’s wondrous house plants that cover an entire room. However, what plants are beneficial and which ones should you avoid having in your house? What about the pollen count that can cause severe allergies? We will answer all of your questions in this article.

Since there are so many species and hybrid-species of plants, it’s hard to categorize all of them because some plants work well with people and others just have a bad reverse effect. We suggest having an allergy test from your doctor first and even ask them about a plant you want to buy or have already bought.

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First and foremost, pollinating plants that cause allergies will be the ones where normally everyone is allergic. However, this is a huge list of plants that can help anyone and anyone struggling with asthma.

Yet the plants that should not be in anyone’s home because they will cause extreme allergies are: Ryegrass, Paterson’s curse, Pellitory weed, Oak Trees, Elm Trees, and Birch Trees, African violets, and English Ivy.

Oleander

This beautiful flower is actually quite poisonous and is a massive pollinator that should be avoided from being in a closed living area.

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English Ivy

This plant that should stay outside instead of bringing it in can cause airborne skin irritations from the pollen it releases.

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Boston Fern

This is an in between plant because it can help some and others it can have the reverse effect.

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Indoor House Plants

Indoor house plants can add a lot of benefit for individuals depending on what they are allergic to, looking for more oxygen intake, or looking to find a positive attitude during a difficult time. For instance, an individual who may have asthma can benefit from these plants: Peace Lily, Snake Plant, Aloe Vera, Chrysanthemum, and Gerbera Daisy.

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Peace Lily

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Snake Plant

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Chrysanthemum

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The benefit that indoor house plants can have an anyone is astounding and interesting. Not only can someone’s health improve, but because of the extra oxygen in the room can allow someone to breathe better and fuller. Plants can also allow the mind to start concentrating better because of the plants that give off a calm sense. When you think about it, how to people react nowadays when they buy a new plant? They are excited yet calm, they have found a great way to prevent illness and difficult breathing episodes. More importantly, house plants can help reduce stress for individuals that either live a stressful work life, or a stressful private life.

Plant sales went up when remote working began and it makes sense why; while a home can provide circulated air… plants allow fresh air to ruminate around the house. The real reason to buy and populate your house with friendly plants is that they create a wholesome hobby where an individual who struggles with addiction or poor concentration can adapt a better mindset by caring for plants.

Another additive to think about while choosing a new house plant, check to see what species help with curing an illness quicker. Some species of plants help to reduce illness two times faster than the human body can be fighting the illness off.

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A big tip to control a pollinating plant if you already have one is to watch how much you water the plant. Over-watering can cause the plant to over pollinate and produce an irritating environment.

Typically, the plants we see growing as a vine and trees should never be placed inside a home. They are considered a bit invasive and will try to grow over everything. Like how Pumpkin vines take over a whole area and will stop other plants from growing.

We ask anyone that is new to plant owning or has already become a pro to check each species and read up on what they are capable of producing. Some plants will choose to only pollinate in a certain climate, environment, full sun or not just based on the specific temperature they grow in naturally. For instance, tropical flowers need humidity because dry heat they will cease to stop growing and shrivel.

Check what zone each plant is from also, this is a huge help in determining if a plant is suitable for in-home living. By checking this bit of information and having a start on what plants aid in better air quality versus which ones can cause horrific pollinating air pollution, each plant owner will be happier, healthy, and finding that their focus has gradually increased for the better.

Keeping Pests Away From Your Garden

Pests can be pesky little tomato worms or small animals, however, this is a beautifully humane way to allow every type of animal around your garden. Because ultimately any pollinators are welcomed and little animals should be too. The biggest warning is to never use pesticides… ever. Pesticides have been a leading cause in cancer in small children and adults that have been exposed to it. For example: RoundUp has been taken off the shelves in many stores because of the effect they have on humans who have developed cancer or disease from it. Just do not use pesticides around your home at all.

We will give you examples and ways to utilize nature’s ability to protect your vegetable garden or flowers from everyday pests.

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Here are a few organic/natural pesticides that you can use around your garden area:

Salt Spray

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By sprinkling some everyday salt into your watering can or a spray bottle, shake, and then begin spraying your mixture. That’s right! Salt spray is just salt and water mixed together; the barrier that forms allows plants to actually enhance their nutritional intake. Botanist found out that spraying salt water on plants allows the leafy greens to soak up magnesium more than just with regular water.

Eucalyptus Oil

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That’s right, eucalyptus can be used for pretty much everything. From medical, to tea, and now as an organic pesticide. But how does eucalyptus oil keep away bugs and larger pests? The strong smell actually pushes away an animal or insect from eating on the plant. You have to spray your plants very regularly to begin to see how pests do not touch the plant at all.

Garlic & Onion Spray

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The garlic and onion needs a bit of a recipe to create the perfect organic spray to keep any large or small animal away. Plus, garlic and onion are safe around your own pets and to help keep them away from messing up your garden. Now for the ingredients, take one small clove of garlic, a medium – normal size onion, peel both the garlic and the onion. Put them in a enclosed bowl or a bottle, let them soak with water for 24-48 hours. At the 12 hour mark add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mix and shake. Then you can add a small pinch of dish soap to the mix. Spray this mixture on your plants and you can ensure no plant will be a victim to any pests.

Check Your Plants Every Morning & Evening

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By checking your garden every morning and evening, this allows for the hard work of an organic pest cleaning to happen. For instance, green tomato worms love hot heat or early morning heat. Go out with garden gloves and a small spade to pull the worms off of the tomato plants and place them on your garden spade. Then move them from away from your garden. This is considered the “old school” way of organic cleaning your plants.

The Biggest Pet Peeve Is Having Plants That Attract Even More Pests

Sometimes extra plants can be the culprit for bringing in more pests. This is a list of plants that you may want to avoid planting around or in your garden: Catnip, Goldenrod, Dill, Dahlia, Oregano, Cilantro, Fennel, and Roses. However, the good pollinators love Dill, Oregano, Cilantro, and Fennel. Roses tend to attract Japanese Beetles (these beetles have a green shine to their skeletal body and they will look as if 50 are on one plant). Sadly, while rose bushes are gorgeous they attract many many pests that are the “bad pollinators,” such as ticks, flies, and pretty much every beetle that will infiltrate your garden. If you want a rose bush its best to plant these away from your home and further away from your garden area.

The Difference Between Over Watering and Not Watering Your Garden Enough

The biggest way to mess up a garden is by either over watering or not watering enough, the biggest obstacle is finding that in-between satisfaction place for your plant. It’s this simple process of going out every morning to water your flowers or vegetable plants that things can become tricky. What do you do after it’s rained for 3 days, how long do you wait to water your plants again?

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Now as a first-time gardener, watering your plants will be a wait-and-see game. There is no need to panic, all you have to do is keep an eye out for the topsoil, does it seem overly dried and cracked? Or is it muddy and mushy to the touch? This physical altercation can tell you everything about when to water and when to wait another day. Because what happens to your plants if you over water? The leaves will start to have a yellowish tint and become lifeless causing the leaf to actually look sick-looking.

For an overly dry plant, this means the root system is receiving no water and causes the plant to shrivel and dry out like below:

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Typically the only reason your plants should be crunchy dry is to utilize as herbs or as decor. But also under watering can cause this crazy drying effect. Now over watering, the leaves will always wilt. This wilting stage can be reversed but only it you leave the plant to dry completely. If not, then the plant can not be saved. This also refers to if you live in a flood zone or a heavy rain area, always check the plant species to see if they can handle that quantity or water.

The plants that do the best with flood zones and standing water are: Water hyssop, Pickerelweed, Cattail, Iris, Canna, Elephant’s ear, Swamp sunflower, and Scarlet swamp hibiscus.

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But what plants can take the heat and less water? That’s an excellent question, there are is a great selection of flowers that need very little water. This collection of flowers love low water areas and dry heat: Mexican feather grass, Cape blanco, Angelina, Lavendula multifada, Sempervivum, Rock rose, Agastache rugosa, New Zealand iris, Verbena, and Penstemon.

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If you’ve noticed the richer the colors the more likely they can take a lot of heat and less watering. The lighter tones involved with plants that require heavy watering shows this clear distinction between flower species. Always check the species of your plant and do a little research before planting, always check your zone climate. Because if you plant a hot heat plant in a cool climate, it will not fair well at all and will die off quickly.

A great way to search for exotic plant species is by determining which ones can handle tropical heat or tropical rain, this is so you can plant a tropical plant in your garden that can survive in your planting zone. Oddly, enough, most tropical plants fair very well in the Midwest of the United States. This is because of the heat and humidity presented in the heartland of America.

But a caution warning, do not plant an invasive plant species that will kill off your garden. This is not only bad for your garden but with pollen being carried from insects to different areas around your living territory, that invasion species can become uncontrollable.

So what are the 3 rules to watering?

Check the top soil to see if it’s cracked or soft

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Check the leaves to see if they have wilted or have become crunchy – they should not be either option

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Do not plant an invasive species

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Be sure to read all of the instructions given on the plant tab when you’ve bought the item and check your garden every morning for pests and soil cracking.

Why Has Gardening Become the World’s Favorite Hobby?

The lows and lows of the world from early 2020 till June 2021, gardening has become the utmost best way to spend any past-time. With gardening being one of the best ways to release stress or finding a way to escape a hard day’s work, those little sprouting seedlings are seeing more care than ever before.

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Firstly, gardening offers a way to de-stress and provides healthy mental health. Oddly enough 2020 has offered the time for the rest of us to get back in touch with nature. To dig our hands into the soil and watch those little seedlings turn into giant outdoor/indoor plants. Let alone, starting a garden can help with sustaining a community with available food.

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How Can Gardening Improve Your Health?

Absolutely! Being able to grow your own food to feed yourself, your family or, the neighbors living on your block; being able to grow your own food to sustainably satisfy an organic diet or just for a healthier lifestyle overall can completely improve your health status. While, gardening will be a touch aspect to grasp because plants grow differently depending on where you live. If you live in the northern hemisphere, check out the plants that thrive in that landscape and check out the plants that can’t survive as well.

However, it should be noted: Find out if you are allergic to anything, including food. Because no one wants to grow vegetables and they are allergic to one.

Take the proper time to read through blogs, books, and watch YouTube videos that show tutorials on how to set up a garden box, or area. However, always test your your soil with tools available on Amazon to ensure the soil will not kill the seedlings before they grow.

Continuing with how gardening can improve your health, the first rule of thumb: Your mind will thank you for not being in front of a screen for so long. The best antidote for constantly checking your phone is by having your hands playing in the dirt. Did you know that contact with harmless bacteria in the soil that helps release serotonin in the brain? How incredible is that! Along with allowing any stress to melt away, the needed sunlight (always wear sunscreen) and fresh air to help open our lungs to become even stronger.

Does An Indoor Garden Have the Same Benefits?

Indoor plants and flowers can be a huge benefit to your indoor living space. Even bedrooms can be decorated with lively plants! Fun fact: If you suffer from asthma several types of ferns are great plants to have to help alleviate your asthma. Ferns such as the Boston Fern can help alleviate or causes your allergies to flare up. We suggest doing research to see what plant will add to your easy breathing rather than add chaos to your living area.

Do we have to mention how incredible indoor plants can look in a classic statue vase, just like above? When you you’re own style and combine that with decorating your home or room, plants make everything better. And guess what you can get free flowers if you have a garden growing outside! The benefits of starting and managing a garden is endless. From the mental, physical and spiritual health adding a plus factor, along with general stress relief in a matter of minutes.

By all means test out what it means to manage a garden, it’s not easy in the slightest. Certain sunny days can sunburn vegetables, and certain heavy rain days can cause soil and roots to create mold or drown in the water. That means never place your garden in a low spot within your property ever. Unless it’s a weeping willow tree (they love water) then that’s the only exception.

Take the time to find out how your garden has changed your health, what’s the benefits and why that change has been incredibly welcomed. As the title states, these are the reasons why gardening has become the ultimate favorite hobby in the last year.

Growing Sunflowers the Right Way

Sunflowers can spread as far as the eye can see when it comes to a sunflower field, and the plant itself is strong as possible. Plus, 2021 has been deemed the Year of the Sunflower! The official name is Helianthus annuus and yellow is not the only color sunflower petals come in, red, maroon, and brown. Another interesting aspect to note is that sunflowers can move, they are heliotropic. This means the sunflower head with the seeds and petals can physically turn to face the sun head-on.

As you could imagine, sunflowers grow best when they have direct sunlight. While some shade is okay, these strong flowers can use up to 8 hours of sunlight to help them grow to their full potential. Now, it’s assumed that you could sprinkle out sunflower seeds, and BAM! There is a group of sunflowers growing in your yard. Or better yet, that every sunflower you see is from the same species, which is not correct. There are many varieties of sunflowers, small, color, shape, and one’s that have pollen or without.

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Between different species that produce a different color within the petals, what else is needed:

How to Grow Sunflowers

Wait for the frost to pass, that means waiting until the middle/end of April. Solely because random freezing frost can happen throughout March – Early April. Or wait until the temperatures stay above 10 Celsius or 50 Fahrenheit.

Sunflowers dislike having their roots disturbed, which is why we recommend direct-sowing instead of transplanting. Looking for a location with well-draining soil, as it shouldn’t pool water after it rains. Be sure to test the ground for a slightly acidic to somewhat alkaline pH balance. Included with the pH balance, these flowers are heavy feeders, the more nutrient-rich soil, the better the outcome. The best way to create nutrient-rich soil is to dig between 4-6-8 inches into the ground and mix the soil with fertilizer or aged compost.

Make sure that the soil has a deep registering surface since sunflowers have roots that will grow downward for a few feet. The land/soil you choose needs to be rich in nutrients and enough space to where only sunflowers can take over that specific area. Below is solely a field dedicated to growing sunflowers, and you’ll be able to know if an area is capable of holding these gargantuan flowers if there’s no wilting (dry/non-dense soil) or uprooting (swallow soil). Below is how spectacular your sunflower garden should look.

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Storm Areas

Since anyone can spot a sunflower from a yard away, this tall 12-inch diameter flower head, plus the 6-foot stalk base, unfortunately, cannot hold up against straight wind storms. If planted in a high wind area, plant these top-heavy flowers either next to a fence or some sort of wind block.

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Planting

Sunflowers should be planted 1 to 1-½ inches deep and about 6 inches apart after the soil has thoroughly warmed. If you wish, you can plant multiple seeds and thin them to the strongest contenders when the plants are six inches tall. Experiment with plantings staggered over 5 to 6 weeks to keep enjoying continuous blooms. If you see birds scratching around for the seeds, spread netting over the planted area until seeds germinate.

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The recommended dimensions on how to plant sunflower seeds:

Press the seeds into the soil 1 to 1-½ inches deep and about 6 inches apart. If you make rows, spread them apart 30 inches or more. A light application of fertilizer mixed in at planting time will encourage strong root growth. Experiment with plantings staggered over 5 to 6 weeks to keep enjoying continuous blooms. You can plant multiple seeds and thin them to the strongest contenders when the plants are six inches tall. 

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There are a number of YouTube instructional videos available to gain a visual representation of what you have to do to plant sunflowers. Pros will be able to eyeball the 30 inch distance between rows and the general rule of thumb seed depth to plant these flowers. But don’t fret if you’re not their yet, small sunflower sizes are available to gain a better handle on how to care for sunflowers. Then you can progressively gain more insight to build up towards full range 6 foot tall sunflower stalks.