Join the 2021 Urban Jungle Trend

3 minute read Published on Feb 19, 2021 | Last updated Sep 14, 2021 by BrokerLink Communications

Join the 2021 Urban Jungle Trend

Why science says you need houseplants

Spending a lot of time at home? Join the urban jungle trend that’s taken off since the pandemic started. Science shows houseplants are a quick way to brighten your mood and focus, enhance your interior space, and filter the air you breathe. But don’t just bring greenery into your abode for the coolness factor, invest in the addition of living greens for your well-being.

Plants brighten mood & focus

Studies show that people who surround themselves with nature have a significantly more positive outlook on life. Seeing the colour green can affect the way you feel – it can even boost your appetite and enhance your vision.

According to colour experts, green is a refreshing and soothing colour that relaxes your mind and body when you look at it. Caring for a plant can be therapeutic because your brain produces more serotonin when you observe your plant baby thriving. Your memory retention can even increase up to 20%.

Are your kids attending school at home? One study showed there is 70% greater attentiveness in classrooms with plants!

Plants improve health

Researchers at Kansas State University discovered adding plants to a patient’s hospital room can improve their recovery rate compared to those in rooms without plants. Having plants nearby can lower blood pressure and decrease anxiety and fatigue. They even work in office settings. A study by the Agricultural University of Norway found employees called in sick 60% less when there were plants in their office, vs. those in offices without plants.

Plants enhance interior space

Spruce your place up by bringing the outdoors in with houseplants. Add colour, texture, earthiness, and cozy décor into your home. You can get creative with the fun (or simple) planters your plants would live in. The differing sizes of plants to choose from adds versatility and helps to fill in those empty spaces. Stand-alone plants can also act as a highlight feature in a room vs. being just an accent piece on a mantel.

Plants improve air quality

Some research shows that the air you breathe indoors can be more polluted than outdoor air. According to NASA, many plants filter the majority of common air pollutants that can cause headaches, asthma, and more. Decrease up to 60% of airborne molds and bacteria just by adding greenery into your room. Live in a dry climate? The moisture released from plants acts a natural humidifier. This moisture can help to combat dry eyes, and lessen the symptoms of respiratory colds and flus.

Caring for Plants

Like most living organisms, plants’ basic needs are:

  • Air
  • Sunlight
  • Water
  • Optimal temperatures
  • Space to grow
  • Nutrients from plant food

How to know if your plant is struggling:

Look for these telltale signs of a plant in need of a little extra TLC:

  • Drooping leaves
  • Roots exposed at the surface
  • Yellowing/browning leaves
  • Flower buds shrivelling or dropping off before opening

Add life to your home with plants!

Check out your local nursery, florist or home improvement store. And don’t forget to protect the plants you love by protecting your home with home insurance.

Get a quick, no-obligation home quote online!

Plant FAQs

Can you buy plants all winter long?

Yes! However, avoid buying them when it’s below -6 C out, as plants can start to freeze during transportation.

When should you repot your plant?

While some slow growing plants can live in the same pot for years, some plants need to be repotted every 12 – 18 months.

When should you replenish the soil in your plant pots?

About once a year, but it’s best to replenish at the start of the growth season in early spring.

Scan below for some of our favourite plants and see how to take care of them!

Monstera Deliciosa “Swiss Cheese Plant”

Origin: Southern Mexico
Growing Maintenance/Tips: Keep at around 14 to 24 degree Celsius. Bright, indirect sunlight is recommended and water when the soil is dry.
Notes: Very easy to take care of and trendy!

Ficus Elastica “Variegeta” (a.k.a. Rubber Tree/Rubber Plant)

Origin: Southeastern Asia
Growing Maintenance/Tips: Keep at around 14 to 24 degree Celsius. Bright, indirect sunlight is recommended and water when the soil is dry.
Notes: Beautiful variegation and easy care.

Scindapsus Pictus “Silver Lady”

Origin: Southeastern Asia
Growing Maintenance/Tips: Keep at warmer temperatures around 18 to 29 degree Celsius. Keep humidity at a higher level, especially in the winter months. Bright, indirect sunlight is recommended and water when the soil is dry.
Notes: Beautiful silver foliage. Great as hanging plants. Easy care.