by Loren Howarth
I have always loved succulents. They are a low maintenance plant that only require watering once every 2-3 weeks in winter and once a week in summer (perfect for a forgetful uni students). As well as being simple to care for, succulents add a touch of style and freshen up any room. They’re also fun because you can be creative and find unique pots in op shops or garage sales. Succulents come in various colours and styles, so you can find one that you love. Not only are succulents eye catching, they also have benefits you probably haven’t heard of.
Assist in breathing
We inhale oxygen and exhale releases of carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb the carbon dioxide and instead exhale oxygen. This means that indoor succulents help to increase oxygen levels in the home, making it easier for us to breathe.
Clean the air
Succulents can improve indoor air quality as they remove toxins from the air. They may even improve health by cleaning the air and reduce incidence of sickness.
It may sound bizarre, but just the presence of succulents in a room has been linked to sharpened focus and attentiveness. A study conducted by The Royal College of Agriculture in England in 2005 found that 70% of students were more focused when they were learning in a room that contained plants. So why not give it a go and place a succulent on your study desk (it may just get you the distinction you were hoping for)!
Now that you know the added benefits of succulents and know how to get creative, here is a video that shows you how simple it is to repot a succulent. They are an affordable gift idea and can be a great addition to any room or perhaps even a new centre piece for your dining table. What are you waiting for? Grab some friends, gather your supplies and get started.