Plants, according to the book of Genesis, have always (in the garden of Eden) been human beings’ companion. Houseplants, especially, have many advantages. Some of these benefits will be explored, using the “biopsychosocial” framework. The article will then explore some of the challenges, old and new, that plant owners face in the care of their treasured houseplants. Finally, the article will show how computer technology can help to effectively overcome the challenges. And the best innovation in the business Planta App will be introduced fully.
BIOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF HOUSE PLANTS
Houseplants are excellent for human health. First and foremost, plants extract carbon dioxide, that we breathe out. They use it along with sunshine, water and air, in their synthetic functions. So what is waste and unhealthy to humans is a necessity to plants – a smart partnership indeed. In exchange for carbon dioxide, plants emit oxygen, which we breathe in. Some house plants are so good in this function, that they are called “oxygen bombs”. Thus, houseplants enhance physical health.
There are many edible houseplants. These include vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, and tubers. Some houseplants are medicinal and are therefore handy to have. Other houseplants produce aromas of various kinds. They can sweetly scent a house, or drive out bad odors.
PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF HOUSE PLANTS
Houseplants are pleasing to have. They are tantalizing to the senses as explained above but also to the sense of vision and that of touch. Thus, houseplants increase the happiness or psychological well-being of owners and their loved ones.
SOCIAL BENEFITS OF HOUSE PLANTS
When you have beautiful, especially rare houseplants, you become the talk of town, don’t you? This elevates your social standing and self-esteem. You can also easily set up a business that deals with houseplants. This is socio-economically advantageous. The venture can be a main, or side hustle.
WHAT CAN GO WRONG WITH HOUSE PLANT CARE?
Looking after plants, especially houseplants, is not easy, especially if you are employed and/or studying. Houseplants, though protected from some harsh elements, face a deficiency of some necessities, notably sunshine, air and water (no access to rain). The traditional problems of houseplant care are made worse by:
- The pressures of modern life, which is very hectic
- The depletion of some nutrients and micronutrients in soils in many parts of the world
- Climate change, which is causing global warming and global cooling
COMPUTERS COMING TO OUR AID: PLANTA APP
Wouldn’t it be nice to have computer app(s) that help by alerting us when to water, feed, fertilize, prune, medicate plants, etc? Bingo, those apps exist! And the best among them, is Planta, released in September 2018.Planta app, according to AppAdvice, has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars (25k reviews), and is FREE.
However, there are paid options for Planta that have many more features, including plant identification. Planta assures that you will “never kill a plant again”. It guides its proud owners every step of the way, every day, every night. It is loaded with a wealth of (growing) information.
Please don’t wait another day – get Planta for free. And happy planting!