Suffocate plants like humans

Feeling good with plants

Indoor plants enrich living spaces with their optical effect. and work rooms. Countless international studies show that plants have a positive effect on human body and soul and promote productivity and concentration in the workplace. Many of the "green companions" are true marvels of nature: They increase the humidity, donate oxygen, bind fine dust, filter pollutants from the room air and some plant species are said to have a positive influence on people due to their energetic vibrations. In short: houseplants make a major contribution to human wellbeing!

     

Desert climate

We spend around 90 percent of our entire life in closed rooms.

During the winter months, the climatic conditions for the human body are particularly unfavorable in living rooms and offices. The humidity in the room air quickly falls below the ideal value of 50%. The nasal mucous membranes and the throat and throat area dry out and the eyes start to burn. Colds and flu-like infections are the result, as the mucous membranes are no longer adequately protected from bacteria and viruses.

Green plants release around 90% of the supplied irrigation water back into the room air in the form of water vapor through their leaves. Instead of air conditioning and humidifiers, the use of plants in rooms can counteract the drop in humidity in a much more environmentally friendly and visually appealing way and thus also reduce the risk of illness. Relevant studies have already proven it: In green offices, complaints about headaches, cardiovascular problems and colds are less frequent!

Oxygen donor

Oxygen is essential for human breathing. When you exhale, carbon dioxide (CO2) is released into the room air. The more people there are in a room, the faster the oxygen reserves in the air are used up and the carbon dioxide value increases measurably. If the room is not ventilated in time to let fresh, oxygen-rich air into the room, the lack of oxygen quickly leads to tiredness and poor concentration in humans.

Through biological processes in the leaves (photosynthesis), plants are able to produce natural oxygen. We can also take advantage of this complex process in our interiors: The leaves absorb the toxic carbon dioxide from the room air and subsequently release pure oxygen again. The larger the plants or the leaves of the plants, the higher the output of fresh oxygen.

Fight the fine dust

Fine dust is normally present in the air in all living and working spaces. The fine dust particles get into our rooms from the open air, for example. Cigarette smoke also causes the finest dust particles and there are also a number of technical devices (e.g. copiers, printers, fax machines) that release a considerable amount of fine dust.

Particularly when the air in the room is dry, the fine particles start moving quickly and enter our body through inhalation. There, the microscopic dust particles very often cause irritation of the mucous membranes and sometimes also discomfort in the bronchi and lungs.

The higher the humidity in a room, the more sluggish the dust particles are because they are held in place by tiny spheres of water vapor. As a result, they swirl around less and thus enter the body in significantly smaller quantities via the air you breathe.

Indoor plants have a two-fold positive effect against fine dust pollution in rooms: on the one hand, the increase in air humidity binds fine dust particles and, on the other hand, the leaf surface of indoor plants acts like a magnet for free-floating dust particles. Therefore, the leaves of the green plants should be cleaned from time to time with a damp cloth or showered off completely.

Large plants (e.g. ficus, dracaena, monstera) can safely be subjected to a "natural shower" in the warm season, for example during summer rain!

thick air

A very large risk factor in living and working spaces is air pollutiondue to toxic pollutants. Nicotine - as a result of cigarette smoke - is probably the best known, but a number of other, lesser-known toxins also affect the health of the human body.

Terms such as acetone, ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene or toluene are mostly only known from the media, without knowing that these substances have also been detected in the room air in a great many homes and workplaces. The causes for the presence of such toxins can be very diverse: cleaning agents, adhesives, wall paints, varnishes, furniture (chipboard). But also the modern office routine with its numerous electronic devices harbors a not inconsiderable risk. Copiers, printers and fax machines have been shown to release dangerous toxins into the air, which in higher concentrations can have a negative impact on human health.

Scientific studies have proven that certain indoor plants are able to filter out such toxins from the air and render them harmless through microbiological conversion processes in the plant. We can take advantage of this exciting phenomenon to reduce the concentration of toxins in polluted rooms to a harmless level.

Energizer

Plants have a positive effect on people. However, this positive effect cannot always be explained with scientific methods. There are plants that, due to their growth and leaf shape or their appearance, evoke very specific sensations and feelings in us humans.
It is now undisputed among experts that every plant can transmit a different "vibration" to humans - both positively and negatively. Of course, it cannot be unreservedly assumed that this effect will be the same or the same in intensity on every person.
There is a whole range of houseplants whose energizing effect on humans has been confirmed again and again in numerous publications and books. It is precisely these plants that are specifically referred to in this brochure. Just try it out and be surprised!

Long enjoyment with plants

Most houseplants are usually extremely easy to cultivate. Nevertheless, reference should be made at this point to the essential aspects of care:

to water: The most common cause of indoor plant death is too much water! The plant roots in the earth need air to breathe. If a plant is watered too often and too much, the irrigation water displaces the air out of the earth and the roots “suffocate”, die and rot. An extremely unpleasant smell spreads as a result. Unfortunately, this phenomenon can be observed very often when using cachepots, where the excess irrigation water cannot run off and so the entire root area of ​​the plant is "under water" for a longer period of time. It is therefore particularly important to always remove excess water from planters immediately.

Almost all house plants can withstand a few days of drought without any problems. It is advisable to be more cautious when watering and, in case of doubt, to check the moisture content of the earth with your thumb on the surface of the earth. It is only poured when the surface of the earth has noticeably dried out.

light: Plants need light to live. Without light there is no growth, the plants take care and die. In our living and office spaces, the lighting conditions are usually very different. While in modern buildings there is usually sufficient - sometimes even too much - light through large windows or glass surfaces, there are always room situations where we reach the limits of what is possible when using plants. Plant lights can help where there is not enough natural daylight.

Caution is also advised if the solar radiation is too strong. Many plants need a lot of light, but cannot tolerate direct sunlight. Burns on the leaves are the result.

Symbols

In order to give a better overview of the needs of the plants presented, the areas "Pouring" and "Light" each divided into 3 groups:

fertilization: A regular diet based on nutrients and trace elements is of course also essential for indoor plants. However, the demands of the "green roommates" are rather modest compared to other groups of plants (e.g. balcony plants).
Regular fertilization with liquid professional gardening fertilizer every 2 weeks is usually completely sufficient for the vast majority of indoor plants.

Bibliography:

Great climate with plants, Verlag Eugen Ulmer KG
Shin Yong - Harmonious living with flowers and plants, Floristik Marketing Service GmbH
Feng Shui - Harmonious life with plants, G & U Verlag
Feng Shui - power source houseplants, G & U Verlag
Energy plants in the house, Weltbild Verlag
 

Additional information:

Federal Association of Austrian Gardeners: www.gartenbau.or.at

Federal Department of Interior Greening: www.innenraumbegruenung.cc

Information from the environmental advisory service on the positive effects of indoor plants: http://www.konsumentinnen.umweltberatung.at/start.asp?ID=13213&b=3798