Improve your Plant/Life Balance

Indoor Plants

The Nursery & Garden Industry Association of Australia held its first, highly successful ‘Improve Your Plant Life Balance’ day in March 2011.

While the IYPLB program will focus on different aspects of horticulture throughout the coming years, the initial campaign concentrated on encouraging office workers to ‘Put a Plant on Your Desk’.

In order to make plants relevant in the lives of the many Australians who engage with social networking sites, the NGIA set up a special Improve Your Plant/Life Balance site on Facebook. Since March an astonishing number of people – more than 16,000 – have joined up to this Facebook page.

Another wonderful result of this initial campaign is that people who would not normally give any thought to plants are beginning to appreciate the positives of having plants in their environment. And they’ll find the benefits are many.

Studies have found that plants improve our well being, especially when they are brought indoors. They ‘green the scenery’ by adding their beauty to interior settings. Potting mix and plants work together to remove toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde (called Volatile Organic Compounds) from the air. Plants have been found to improve health, which adds to society’s productivity.

Caring for indoor plants

Even if you’re a beginner, it’s not that difficult to grow happy indoor plants. Here are some guidelines:


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