Spring has arrived in the UK. Ever considered having plants in your home but hesitated due to your busy schedule as a nurse? If so, there are a number of low-maintenance plants that can help relieve stress and improve your general well-being. You heard it right! In this article, we’ll share with you the right kind of plants that are easy to care for by busy people like us, nurses. Whether you are a plant novice or a certified plantito/plantita, keep reading to discover the numerous benefits of having plants at home.
Benefits of Indoor Plants For Busy People
1. Improve Air Quality
Who wouldn’t want clean and fresh air? Indoor plants cleanse and screen the air in your house, making it cleaner, fresher, and healthier to breathe. They absorb airborne pollutants which are emitted by furniture and household goods.
2. Reduce Stress
Having plants around has proven to reduce stress levels and improve our mood. Did you know that a lot of studies have found that plants can help people feel calmer and more relaxed, reducing feelings of anxiety and depression?
3. Increase Productivity
Having plants around not only reduces stress, but can also enhance productivity. This is because they boost concentration and focus, making it simpler to finish activities swiftly and efficiently.
Easy Care Plants For Busy Nurses
1. Snake Plant / Mother-In-Law’s Tongue
The Snake Plant, also known as the Mother-in-law’s Tongue, it may have an intimidating name but it is actually a beautiful plant. Leaves are stiff, and vertical and feature a snakeskin-like colouring that adds to their appeal. Better yet, this plant requires minimal care; it can tolerate low light and needs to be watered just once or twice a month.
2. ZZ Plant
Originating from East Africa, The ZZ plant is one of the most resilient plants in the world. It can survive in areas with high or low light and has the ability to store water, you can even water this plant only once a month, or even less frequently. Additionally, it is an excellent air purifier and boasts thick, glossy leaves.
3. Spider Plant
Spider plants are a great choice for busy people looking to have some greenery at home. Spider plants prefer bright, indirect light and watering them about once or twice a week is enough. Spider plants are known for their unique foliage, which is why they are often called air plants or ribbon grass. The long, thin leaves of the spider plant actually help filter out toxins found in indoor air, making them great for improving air quality in your home. They also reproduce quickly, so if you take proper care of your spider plant it could quickly turn into a beautiful group of plants that will liven up any room!
4. Succulents - Cacti, Echeveria, Aloe
Succulents like cactus, echeveria, and aloe are excellent choices for busy people who don't have a lot of time to spend on houseplant care. These plants require minimal care and maintenance, which makes them perfect for those with hectic schedules. These plants come in different forms, textures, sizes and color which allows them to bring a touch of elegance to any environment. With their low-maintenance nature, succulents make great plants for busy nurses or anyone looking for an easy-care plant.
5. Money Tree
The Money Tree is also known as "The Guiana Chestnut". It is a popular indoor plant recognized for its unique braided trunk and effortless maintenance. Its natural environment is in a swamp, so it requires frequent watering and placement in an area with bright, indirect light, preferably in a pot with proper drainage.
6. Air Plants
Air plants, also known as Tillandsia. These unique plants have no roots and can be hung or placed anywhere in your home without needing soil. They get their nutrients from the water, so you just need to mist the leaves with water every few days. Air plants prefer indirect light, but they don’t need a lot of it—just make sure to put them somewhere where they will receive some natural light each day. As an added bonus, air plants cleanse the air by absorbing airborne toxins and pollutants. With their low maintenance requirements and interesting shapes and colours, air plants are sure to give any room a touch of natural beauty!
7. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen, or Aglaonema, is available in numerous types, with many featuring striking, variegated leaf designs. This plant is quite sturdy, making it an ideal choice for those who overwater their plants, and it can adapt to a wide range of interior settings. However, it does not like cold temperatures or drafts below 60°F.
They require minimal effort, as they don’t need to be watered frequently and can thrive in low-light conditions. You can simply spray them with water or put them in a tray of water and they’ll stay happy. Chinese evergreens are also known for their air-purifying properties, removing toxins like formaldehyde from indoor air. Furthermore, these plants grow quickly so you can enjoy the beauty of a full-grown Chinese evergreen in no time!
No matter which of these easy-care plants you choose, they’ll add a touch of nature to your home while providing numerous health benefits. So why not give one (or more!) of these plants a try? These plants are all quite low maintenance and require minimal care and attention. They don’t require a lot of effort to keep alive, but they will add a touch of beauty and greenery to your home. Transform your home into an enchanting oasis with our low-maintenance plants! Bask in the beauty of a lush green space without breaking a sweat.