Plant Therapy can come in many forms. We are always looking for ways to bring self-care and wellness into our lives even in the most simplistic forms. When we were invited to spend an afternoon for some “plant therapy” with Tara Soloway of plantdlife.com, a biophilia expert, we didn’t hesitate. While we explore sound baths and visit the latest cold plunge hotspots we must remember the simplest pleasures. It is scientifically proven that having and caring for plants in our homes and workspace also helps to reduce stress levels. It’s an easy way to bring more wellness into our daily lives.

Welcome to the Jungle- Your Guide to Plant Therapy

“There are health and wellness benefits of bringing plants into our lives,” said Soloway.  “They help to enhance well-being and happiness.” As a biophilic consultant and plant designer, Soloway’s company plantdlife.com  works with residential and business clients to help them transform spaces by bringing a more thoughtful and curated approach with greenery.

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Tara Soloway, of Plantdlife.com

She emphasized the importance of incorporating elements of nature into the design of the environment for a positive impact on our daily lives.

Biophilia is the innate human connection to nature and how it can improve mental and physical well-being. And, this connection also sparks and revives creative flow. It is no surprise that many of us have been interested in bringing more plants into our lives.

Soloway also shared how plants have the ability to evoke positive emotions. She suggests incorporating plants into spaces can have therapeutic benefits. Employees are happier and more productive.

Tips on how to properly care for plants:

There are therapeutic benefits of pruning and caring for plants, and the significance of biophilia in improving one’s overall well-being.

Soloway suggested cleaning the leaves by hand or with a gentle soft cloth. Clean them leaf by leaf. Plants are living species. So, it’s important to maintain their cleanliness. Even a gentle rubbing of each leaf between the fingers (our preferred way of cleaning) is an act of care and compassion.  You’d be amazed at how much dust collects on them. In turn, the cleaning allows the plant to breathe and helps clean the air we breathe.

Also, be sure to understand what type of light each plant needs in order to thrive and grow. Does it need direct or indirect sunlight? Proper lighting and placement for plants depend on the species.

Learn how often you would need to water and create a watering schedule for the specific plant species and environment.

A good way to check soil moisture is to simply touch the soil, if it’s slightly dry then it’s time to give it a drink.

If you’re replanting into a new pot, it’s a good idea to find one with proper drainage at the bottom so water can run through. You’ll obviously want a catch tray to protect your floors, window sills, and other surfaces.

Turn plants slightly every month to ensure even light distribution and prevent them from reaching for the light excessively.

Remember to increase pot sizes when repotting plants as they grow.

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Natal lily or Clivia Flower offer tropical bright orange blooms when flowering

Need low-maintenance plants?

“Snake plants, ZZ plants and cacti are recommended for low-maintenance options that can thrive in various environments,” says Soloway.

At our plant caring and pruning session, we had a guided session with Schefflera plants – commonly known as the”umbrella plant”. We were told it was a low-maintenance plant that was ideal for a wide range of environments.  Cacti are also easy to care for and require less care. They are best left alone- but you can still clean their leaves and admire them.

Plant Therapy Tips- When the Seasons Change

You can bring indoor plants outside during summer months but know that if you plan to return them indoors in the cooler months then they may bring in bugs. Check them thoroughly before bringing them back in. You may not want them close to other plants.

It’s an important element of design. Pick plants and pots that match the home’s style and decor.

Benefits of plants include oxygen emission, and stress reduction, and leads to more awareness and action in the long run.

The psychological benefits of plants such as reducing stress and fostering a sense of accountability, were also highlighted. Touch the potential of plants to promote wellness and social connection!

Want professional help in bringing plants into your life? Want to learn more? Reach out to Tara Soloway at Plantdlife.com and follow @plantdlife.co