Follow These 4 Very Simple Steps to Keep Your Houseplants Alive (Even If You Have a Black Thumb)
Think about what a space with-out plants feels like: clinical, sterile. Now add plants. Homey, right? Warm, designed, cared for. There’s real science behind all those fuzzy feelings; studies show that productivity goes up when there are plants in the office and that tending plants can reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
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Yet as the owner of the Seattle-based plant store Urban Sprouts, I’ve come across too many people who have an outright fear of plants. “Can’t grow a thing,” they’ll tell me. “I can kill a plant just by looking at it.” Some people consider owning a houseplant akin to owning a dog in terms of responsibility.
I must disagree there, and that’s why I wrote The Inspired Houseplant ($17; amazon.com), a guidebook for even the blackest of thumbs. While it’s true that, like dogs, certain breeds of plants are better suited to certain owners, what I love about plants is that the beauty, joy, and health they bring to us indoors are accessible to everyone. Let’s dive in and turn your space into a gorgeous garden paradise.
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