ROOTING FOR YOU!
“It always starts with one.” This was the conversation between my chiropractor and myself, as well as conversations that I have with customers, friends, family, and other plant enthusiasts.
Not only are houseplants beautiful and lively, they are also beneficial to your health.
As plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, they freshen the air and eliminate toxic. According to research conducted by NASA (2007), houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins within 24 hours. They look fabulous while doing important tasks: cleaning the air and brightening the space!
If you’ve been wondering if you should get your first houseplant, a new addition to your plant family, or giving another try to keep a plant alive, here is your sign to do so!
Growing my plant collection has been one of the most satisfying and wonderful experiences I have had. It’s great to see new leaves and pups grow from my plants, understand their individual needs, and visit local plant nurseries. I tell my friends, “Look, I’m a grandma now!” and treat my plants as if they are my own babies – well, they are.
Raising plants is no different than looking after yourself and a great way to check how you are doing. I tend to try to take a moment everyday or every other day to check on my plants and just take in their beauty. I have a watering schedule, which falls on Wednesdays and Sundays, since each plant needs different amounts of water every week.
It’s a great way to check in with yourself and to take the time to observe what you need, as well as reflect. Another great way to get crafty and close with nature is the means of repotting and customizing (terracotta) pots.
Some helpful reminders and tips:
- A majority of houseplants can be toxic to pets, so please keep the plants out of reach.
- Bottom watering is a great approach to avoid over watering. Essentially, you get a container (a bowl, preferably) and fill it with water. Then place the plant in the water and the roots will take in the water that they need.
- Any variety of pothos and snake plants are very forgiving, great first plant to care for, and to add to your family.
- Terracotta pots are porous and visually indicate how much water is in the plant’s soil.
Here are some great places to shop if you’re around the Bay Area or looking for a little getaway within the greater Bay:
- Regan Nursery (Fremont, CA) – website, Instagram
- Orchard Nursery (Lafayette, CA) – website, Instagram
- McDonnell Nursery (Orinda, CA) – website
- Broadway Terrace Nursery (Oakland, CA) – website, Instagram
- East Bay Nursery (Berkeley, CA) – website, Instagram
- Summerwinds Nursery (Cupertino, CA) – website, Instagram
- Golden Nursery (San Mateo, CA) – website, Instagram
- Alden Lane Nursery (Livermore, CA) – website, Instagram
- Armstrong Garden Centers (Dublin, CA) – website, Instagram
- Half Moon Bay Nursery (Half Moon Bay, CA) – website, Instagram
A great black-owned business that ships is My Crazy Plant Life! They have such a great collection of houseplants, gifts, and even a small and large mystery propagation box! Propagating plants from cutting provides great satisfaction in knowing that you were a significant part of creating your plants!