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BENEFITS OF PLANTS

There are many benefits of growing plants as we in this industry know. But we rarely tell the gardening public about them. I’d like to enlist your help to spread the message far and wide.  Use these tips in POS around your garden centre.

  1. Health – Children play more creatively in a natural environment and parents are more likely to join in.
  2. Social/Public safety - areas with higher levels of planting experience lower levels of crime.
  3. Environmental – trees and shrubs absorb polluting chemicals such as nitrous oxide and ozone through their leaves while releasing oxygen through photosynthesis. House plants do this too.
  4. Economic – the value of a property can be up to 20% higher in areas planted with trees.
  5. Fresh is best – there has been a huge swing to grow your own fruit & vegetables in recent years. It’s up to us to assist home gardeners in becoming successful. Picking your own fresh produce is better for your health and hopefully your pocket.

NASA Study shows common plants help reduce indoor air pollution….

Common indoor plants may provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution. Those plants in your office or home are not only decorative, but NASA scientists are finding them to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside modern buildings.

NASA research has consistently shown that living, green and flowering plants can remove several toxic chemicals from the air in building interiors. You can use plants in your home or office to improve the quality of the air to make it a more pleasant place to live and work – where people feel better, perform better, any enjoy life more

The plants recommended by the NASA research are: 

  1. Philodendron scandens subsp oxycardium heartleaf philodendron (philodendrons come from tropical Americas and are related to arrowheads). 
  2. Philodendron domesticum, elephant ear philodendron.
  3. Dracaena fragrans, varieties `Massangeana', `Janet Craig' and `Warneckii', cornstalk Dracaena, happy plant or Corn Plant, a relative of dragon trees from Africa.
  4. Hedera helix, common ivy, which is also an outdoor plant originated from southern Europe.
  5. Chlorophytum comosum, spider plant, a South African species.
  6. Ficus benjamina, weeping fig tree, from southeastern Asia and Australia
  7. Epipremnum aureum, golden pothos, silver vine, devil's ivy, is a species coming from southeastern Asia and New Guinea, related to philodendrons.
  8. Spathiphyllum x `Mauna Loa', a peace lily hydrid obtained from tropical American and Asian species.
  9. Philodendron bipinnatifidum cut-leaf philodendron, tree philodendron, selloum, self-header from the rain forests of Paraguay and southeastern Brazil.
  10. Aglaonema modestum, Chinese evergreen from southern China, related to philodendrons.
  11. Chamaedorea sefritzii, bamboo or reed palm, a palm tree species originated from tropical Americas.
  12. Sansevieria trifasciata, snake plant or mother-in-law's tongue, an African plant related to Butcher's broom
  13. Dracaena marginata , red-edged dracaena or Madagascar dragon tree.
  14. Gerbera jamesonii, Gerbera daisy, from South Africa.
  15. Chrysanthemum x morifolium, pot mums, a hybrid daisy from Asia