Hug Your Houseplant, It’s National Indoor Plant Week!


Every year, the third week of September, is held the National Indoor Plant Week. In 2018, that’s from September 17 to 23. The event was established in 2007 to promote and increase public awareness of the importance of live plants in interior spaces. And I’m all for it. As an enthusiastic houseplant aficionado since my childhood (I wrote my first article about houseplants when I was 14!), houseplants are such a integral part of my life that I can’t imagine living without them.

Here’s an explanation from the people at

What is National Indoor Plant Week? It’s a Celebration!!!

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National Indoor Plant Week was established to increase public awareness of the importance of indoor plants and their many attributes. Only some of which include cleaning the air we breathe … we like to say, “The oxygen doesn’t arrive until the plants arrive.” Statistics have proven that indoor plants increase morale in the workplace and homes. The plant is such a miraculous living thing.

Real life office studies have been conducted to measure the direct relationship between clinical health, complaints and plant installations. Recorded health improvements in offices where interior plants were added were significant. Results show a large reduction among employees in the areas of fatigue, headache, coughs and their overall well-being rose dramatically.

Further, numerous studies have shown that plants have a positive psychological impact on people. According to a recent study, employees exposed to interior plant settings demonstrated better attitudes, positive emotions such as happiness, friendliness and assertiveness.

It’s a Celebration … So What Can You Do?

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National Indoor Plant Week celebration in Indianapolis. Source:

Industry professionals (interiorscapers, greenhouses, florists, etc.) can host a plant giveaway: they do that annually in various US cities (7,000 houseplants will be given away in Chicago alone this year!). Can you imagine the enthusiasm about houseplants that creates?

Individual gardeners can buy a new houseplant … or give one to a friend or neighbor.


Give your houseplants a bit of TLC. Source:

Or give their current houseplants a bit of TLC. How about a nice shower to wash off dust and grime? Or repotting that plant you know needs it? And certainly, bring any that are outdoors for the summer back inside if you live in the Northern Hemisphere (yes, it’s that time of the year).

I don’t care how many houseplants you already have, growing plants is so good for us in so many ways that you really need more.

How about this for a logo, people? “You deserve a plant today!”


Houseplant Appreciation Day


Houseplants deserve our appreciation on this special day. Source:

They say you learn something new every day and I’ve just learned that the 10th of January is Houseplant Appreciation Day! Who knew? You’d think that, since I’ve been such a shameless promoter of houseplants for over 40 years and author of 10 books on the subject, someone would have told me, but no luck. Instead, I stumbled across this bit of info by accident on the Internet just a few days ago.

Apparently, Houseplant Appreciation Day was launched by The Gardener’s Network, a group I really don’t know … but they seem like nice people. They give two reasons for creating it:

  1. To remind people after the holidays that their forgotten houseplants need a little attention.
  2. To celebrate the benefits of houseplants and to encourage growing them.

It’s not clear when Houseplant Appreciation Day was first inaugurated nor how many years I missed, but it’s never too late to participate in something good, so…

Why You Should Appreciate Houseplants


Just having living greenery around you makes you feel so much better! Source:

There are all sorts of reasons why you should appreciate houseplants, including:

  • They make your home look more like an “environment” than just a bunch of empty cubes glued together.
  • Just being able to look at living plants on a regular basis is known to reduce heart rates and blood pressure.
  • They clean the air you breathe of pollutants and dust.
  • People with houseplants in their home or office are happier and have greater self-esteem than those that don’t.
  • They reduce the carbon dioxide levels in your home and give you a tiny boost of oxygen.
  • They remove harmful microbes from the air and reduce rates of infectious disease, including colds and flu, by up to 60 percent.

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    If you’re feeling down, look at your plants, not at your coffee! Source:  verena yunita yapik,

  • They make you relax. When you feel stressed, try this: get up and “visit” them. Touch a few, smell them, pick off a yellowing leaf, give one or two a quarter turn. By the time you’ve finished, you probably will either no longer remember what was bothering you or it just doesn’t seem as important any more.
  • They increase attentiveness and memory and improve creativity.
  • They help you sleep better.
  • When, you’re ill, they help you recover faster.

How to Show Your Appreciation


Just putter about in your houseplants: it’s good for you and it’s good for them! Source:

Here is a list of ways to celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day from the folks at The Gardener’s Net:

  • Start by making sure that the houseplants you already have are well watered.
  • Give them a special treat today … a little fertilizer.*
    *This is the only point I’m in disagreement with. I don’t believe you should give fertilizer to plants in the middle of the winter, at least not in temperate climates. When days are so short and light so rare, fertilizer just encourages etiolated growth. Wait until days are a bit longer, say early March, before pepping them up with minerals.
  • If you do not have any houseplants, or just have a couple, buy a new houseplant (or two) on this day.
  • Learn more about the benefits of houseplants to your health.
  • Stand by your houseplant and breath in the air! It’s giving off oxygen.
  • Teach your kids about growing and caring for plants.
  • Give a houseplant to a friend, especially the elderly or shut-ins.
  • Talk to your plants. Many people believe plants respond positively when you talk to them.

To the above list, I suggest adding:

  • Give them a bit more light if they’re looking depressed or unhappy. Light therapy is as good for plants as it is for people … indeed, even better!
  • Improve the humidity in their immediate vicinity by placing them on a humidity tray.

In short, be nice to your houseplants and they’ll be nice to you!

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