I’m obsessed with plants, herbs, and the like in my apartment, as they’re relatively easy to care for, inexpensive, and pretty. More and more, millennials are using plants to connect with nature, especially those who live in the concrete jungles that are urban cities. I’m having a lot of fun learning about plants and their benefits, and I’m also enjoying watching something grow and thrive under my care. Here are three reasons why plants are a millennial’s best friend.
They Help Control Humidity and Air Quality
In apartments and condos with poor heat and air control, plants can help manage humidity and temperature. Many houseplants, like aloe vera and snake plants, remove toxins like ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air naturally. English ivy, peace lily, Tillandsia and reed ferns are known for absorbing and controlling humidity, while snake plants, spider plants, palms, and aloe vera are also known for reducing toxins.
Improved air quality can also help keep illnesses at bay and help your body and mind stay regulated, inspired, and energized. In addition, plants just make people happier overall!
They Are Easier and Less Expensive to Care for Than a Pet
Before Rowan and I got Locke earlier this year, we started with plants. Our collection slowly grew to a family of over 20 plants, and I loved taking care of them every morning before work and every evening before bed. After starting with hardy varieties like ivy and spider plants, I’m now trying my hands at herbs, propagating babies, and re-growing cuttings. My collection currently includes a medium-size palm, a dracaena tree, several spider plants, a wandering dude, ivy, snake plants, Thai chilies, basil, peppermint and coriander!
So many condos have strict no-pet policies, which can limit many millennials’ options. In addition, it’s a lot easier to care for plants than to get a dog or cat. Plants can make any cookie-cutter condo personalized and warm with just a few pots here and there. There’s also a lot of forgiveness when things don’t turn out quite right. Plants are easy to experiment with, and getting a cute one can cost as little as $2 to $5.
They Look Pretty and Bring People Together
In an Instagram-centric world, plants make your home cuter, your social media feed prettier, and your world brighter. My home feels more put together with plants of all sorts, and I love having friends ask about my plant choices when they come over. Whether you’re a minimalist with a few matching plants here and there or you’re creating an indoor jungle, plants make for a beautiful addition to your home and life.
Plants also bring people together. Whether it’s Facebook groups and Instagram accounts focused on sharing plant and gardening knowledge or events like my recent cement planter workshops, people come together to share their love for plants, much like they do with traditional pets.
What do you think? Is the millennial plant trend here to stay? What kind of plants do you own? Share your thoughts and photos in the comments!