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URBAN JUNGLE LIVING: TAKING PLANT-BASED TO THE NEXT LEVEL 1024 1024 Delphine Remy | Holistic Nutrition & Eating Psychology Coach

We’ve all caught eye of the gorgeous monstera leaves on our instagram and pinterest boards and/or had our heart set on bringing home a luscious fiddle leaf fig tree but should we (or shouldn’t we) pull the trigger on some of these lusciously vibrant indoor plants? Is it worth all the fuss? Today I’ve asked Jessica at @rootandreset to chime in on what it takes to maintain an urban jungle and if it’s worth.

Have you ever noticed how making a trip to the nursery for one plant seems like an impossible task? I’m pretty sure I can count on one hand how many times I’ve successfully made a trip to the store and come back with one plant. On the other hand, I have completely lost count of how many times I’ve pit stopped at Lowe’s on my way home for potting soil and managed to come back with a ficus. #sorrynotsorry

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There’s a reason. Whether you’re a plant nerd or not, the human body will instinctively resonate with plants and “green” environments in an effort to reduce stress, help the mind and body relax, and function efficiently. Quite a bit of academic research has been conducted and conclusively shows that interior landscaping has a substantial effect on our well being; making us happier, healthier and more productive. Did you know that simply living among plants or having them in your work space will boost your attention span and help you focus? Without effort, the body will naturally gravitate to plants to help it re-calibrate and stimulate the body in a positive way. Not to mention eating plants — there are so many documented fruits, veggies, and herbs that can help boost brain function, prevent dementia, increase memory and so forth. But we can rely on Delphine to go over that in another blog.

WATERING — My plants babes are so thirsty this week! So much so that I've had to double up on watering. I'm still making sure to check the first inch or two of soil for dryness to be on the safe side but with 100 degree days — the soil is dry after 3-4 days. If the soil is dry — I set the plants aside for a fresh bath. I'll typically do this in the morning to avoid letting them sit in dampness over night but I also make sure not to put them back in direct sun light either. Most of my potted plants have drainage holes so I'll run a good bit of water through and let them hang out in the sink before putting them back. . Fertilizer? … I tell them good morning and remind them how beautiful they all are! . . . #plantlove #plantparenthood #plantparty #houseplants #green #urbanjungle #plants #nature #zzplant #cleanair #airpurifier #ubanjunglebloggers #houseplantclub #rootandreset #newleaf #newgrowth #newplants #plants #indoorjungle #indoorplants #thesill #apartmenttherapy #plantsmakepeoplehappy #bohohome #livingwithplants #rootandreset #avocado #propagation #plantlove #snakeplant

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An urban jungle makes for cleaner air — breathe in, breathe out
On the subject of stress and relaxation. Deep breathing is one of the best (and free) ways to lower and reduce stress, and guess what? We wouldn’t be able to do that without the help of our little green friends. The Peace Lily, Ficus, Spider Plant, Snake Plant and Boston Fern (to name a few) are all affordable interior plants that can be found at your local nursery. These air purifiers remove traces of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and other toxins from the air. NASA tested a few of these more common house plants and found that the Spider Plant was able to remove 95% of toxins found in the air within a 24 hour period — whoa. So if you’re someone who suffers from asthma, or has trouble breathing — or simply wants cleaner interior air — consider picking up one or two (because two plants are always better than one) of these indoor pollution fighters.

TIP : If you want to do it by the book — consider keeping one plant per 100 square feet of your interior space. My first indoor air purifying plant was a Peace Lily and I picked her out for the living room but she now resides in my office. Peace Lilies grow perfectly fine with minimal natural light and are commonly referred to as “closet plants” — I assume because they can grow in the closet? I’ll Google that later.


In my bedroom, bedside, I have a ZZ plant which is also a popular low maintenance choice and in my kitchen, a golden pothos vine. This is just to name a few but as you can see, I tend to have at least one air-purifier in each main living space of my home. There is no rule book, just be sure to pick one out that will thrive in the light your home receives but most importantly, pick out a plant you’ll feel comfortable maintaining. Not all plants are created equal and some are definitely more high maintenance than others.

Let’s RECAP on the benefits of living with plants:
+ Plants reduce stress
+ Plants make us happier, healthier and more productive
+ Plants purify the air and reduce the number of toxins and air pollutants such as benzene and ammonia in the air.

Which plants improve air quality? Spider plant, peace lily, golden pothos, dracaena, rubber fig, aloe vera, snake plant…
Aloe vera and spider are also good choices in the bedroom to promote restful sleep.

If you’re interested in learning more follow @rootandreset in Instagram.


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