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Planting a Life in College

Feeling down about your homework load?  In need of a pick-me-up?  Well before you head to McCain for a Redbull…plant something green in your room!  There are plenty of benefits to adding a house plant in your living space.  Here are the top five reasons to bring a plant into your room…

  1. House plants can really brighten up a dull dorm room!  Pick up some cool ceramic or plastic pots to house your plants and you will notice a difference in the way your room feels.
  2. Plants improve air quality!  A NASA study found that house plants are able to remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours.
  3. House plants have a positive psychological effect on humans – they help to improve health, self-esteem, concentration, and accomplishment. Plants also help to heighten creativity and productivity.
  4. By increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust, plants can help reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats, and other cold related symptoms.
  5. Plants promote community and friendship.  Choose a plant that grows “babies” that can be replanted, like a Spider Plant or succulents.  Share the babies, let them root, and your friends can grow plants of their own!

PHOTO: Here are my plants! I love having them because they truly make my room more "home-y."

Sources:  The Health Benefits of House Plants, Including the Top Nine Healthiest Plants!, What Are the Benefits of House Plants?, How to Grow Baby Spider Plants

-Melanie Palmer