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                              WHY HOUSEPLANTS?:  A Brief History

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There are no cave paintings to indicate that homo sapiens brought plants into their caves for decoration or for their pleasant odors or to remove toxins that their crude fires created in their homes, but there is evidence from early Egyptian art that houseplants were an integral part of Egyptian home life.  Architecture of the Greeks and the Romans revealed homes built around a central atrium of containerized plants.  Explorers to the New World brought back a variety of unknown species of plants, many of them tropical, which could not survive the Old World's winters, so they were brought indoors.  As interest in these plants (mostly tropical) grew, structures were created to house them through the winter. Originally called "Orangeries" since their prime function was to protect citrus trees during the winter, they first appeared in Italy during the Renaissance. The Italians were masters at making glass and their expertise began the quest for larger and stronger panes but it was the Dutch who led the way in creating architectural plans for huge walls of glass in orangeries. By the mid 1600s it had become  fashionable for the wealthy and the Royal to build one of these glass additions on their land. Most were concentrated in France, Germany and the Netherlands since these countries were heavily into trade and finding more and more of New World plants coming to port.

In the Victorian Age, exotic plants became extremely popular. In fact, many houseplants popular with the Victorians are still popular today (Areca Palm, Aspidistra, Coleus, Bromeliads and Persian Shield just to name a few).
By the 1940s climate control in everyday housing had advanced to the point that gardeners didn't have to be wealthy or titled to have houseplants and we haven't looked back since.
Research begun in the 1940's, and continuing today, has shown that all kinds of people benefit from just being near plants and gardens.  Most of the plants on our list will purify the air in a room and remove toxins from the atmosphere that have leeched out of the room’s manufactured products like carpeting, paneling and furniture. These toxins include Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene and Benzene gases. NASA has done extensive research on the ability of houseplants to replace these toxins with oxygen. In a recent NASA study (looking into methods of cleaning the air aboard spacecraft) scientists found that spider plants, pothos and philodendrons filter toxins most efficiently. They determined that a single Spider Plant can rid a 10' x 10' room filled with formaldehyde gas in just over a day.

Among some of the other findings:

Proximity to plants improves concentration and lessens mental fatigue.

People with houseplants are calmer and more open to interaction with other people.

Gardeners, when asked about the best benefits of gardening for them, related their experiencing a sense of peace and tranquility and a chance to appreciate beauty.

Just looking at a plant can lessen feelings of stress, fear, anger, and can reduce muscle tension.

A 1988 Gallup opinion poll found nearly 90 % of those surveyed agreed that plants were important “beyond their beauty or pleasing appearance.”

Other research maintains that the pleasant feelings we get from being close to nature can actually improve our health

In addition (and we have said this many times before, but it bears repeating), many houseplants will not only make you feel good, but will also clean the air you breathe. Plants produce oxygen while consuming carbon dioxide, and they filter toxins from the air, specifically Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, and Benzene.

Fortunately many of the most beneficial plants, also, thrive in adversity. Plants like the following will clean the air, clear your mind, and survive under tough conditions: Dracaena, Aloe Vera, Ivy, Peace Lily and Bamboo Palm.  Chinese Evergreen,  Ficus, and Dumb cane are also air-cleaning wonder plants for your living space.

Aberdeen Florist and Garden Center offers a wide selection of both medium and low light plants in several sizes including: Aloe Vera, African Violets, Cacti, Crotons, Dracaena, Golden Pothos, Jade Plants and trees, Snake Plants, Spider Plants and Zee Zee Plants.

NOTE: A study by two Texas A&M professors released in 2012 has documented the physical, mental, economical, and ecological benefits of plants and landscaping, including houseplants. To read a brief review of the amazing results they found, click on the doctor to the right.