You might’ve heard the idea running around the internet that “pets are the new kids and plants are the new pets.” In short, women and young adults everywhere are turning to plant life as their new care companions.
Whether you want to spruce up your home with greenery or dig into gardening, becoming a plant mom can offer various lush benefits. What will plant motherhood bring you?
1. Ease into Adulting
Being a young adult comes with an array of new responsibilities. How do you set up bill payments? How do you cook healthy and cost-efficient meals? How do you navigate living on your own for the first time? How do you adjust to full-time work and the 5-9 after you clock out? The list could go on. Your 20s and 30s are a time for figuring yourself and your new responsibilities out, but it can also be confusing and stressful.
Why not make it easier on yourself and ease into some tasks? For example, some people feel the need to adopt a pet right away to feel like they are checking off the boxes of adulthood. However, pets are a huge responsibility of time and money.
Plant care, on the other hand, is a relativity cheap and low-maintenance role. Plants need care and watering, of course, but not as much as dogs or cats. Additionally, having reminders to attend to your plants also sets a precedent of self-care in your home. Now, you’re more likely to care for your own body’s needs!
2. Explore a Purposeful Hobby
Plant care is also an example of a purposeful hobby. Because you are still figuring out the balance of work and life, you need engaging hobbies to brighten up your time after work. People who engage in hobbies enjoy less stress and bouts of depression as they dive into activities that bring them purpose and accomplishment.
In a similar fashion, your responsibility to care for your plants gives you a purpose to follow each day. Additionally, you can expand your plant hobby to find a community of friends. Check out gardening clubs and local shops for like-minded plant parents who can share advice and even crops if you’re into vegetable gardening.
Community gardens also extend opportunities to give back to people in need in your area.
3. Invite In More Sunlight
Whether you are digging in the backyard or arranging indoor plants, you’ll likely be soaking up more sunlight. All plant life needs at least a little bit of sun to thrive, so you’ll need to consider this in your home layout. You can boost your sunlight intake by choosing plants that require bright, direct sunlight, like succulents, cacti and birds of paradise. These sunlight soakers are often desert or tropical varieties.
The more time in the sunlight, the more your body produces Vitamin D. This valuable vitamin is crucial to a robust immune system and strong bones. People in office jobs or similar indoor professions probably aren’t getting enough sunlight for vitamin D production.
4. Stylize Home Aesthetics
Plant moms also enjoy more beautiful homes and outdoor spaces. Imagine coming home to vibrant flowers waving you inside or lush greenery livening up your living room. Plant life adds a boost of refreshing energy to any space.
You can experiment with cool shapes and textures too. A string of pearls succulent offers a cascading effect on the walls while a big, leafy monstera gives a room substance and openness. Meanwhile, a herb garden provides a windowsill with stout and willowy textures.
Experimenting with planters and pots is a fun area as well. Techniques like kokedama– or moss balls suspended from the ceiling–maximize small spaces and offer a unique focal point.
5. Freshen Air Quality
Your plant motherhood may also lead to better health and air quality. You would need a huge number of plants to equal the powers of today’s air purifiers, but this doesn’t mean plants don’t have restorative powers. Plants can purify the air from carbon dioxide, volatile organic components (VOCs) and carbonyl.
Certain species are adept at scrubbing the air for contaminants, like
Even just spending more time outside gardening can get fresh air into your lungs and make you both happier and healthier.
6. Seek Nutritious and Delicious Uses
It may sound weird to eat your plants if you’re a mother to them, but bringing produce into the kitchen is a natural part of plant care. Picture yourself dicing up some crisp lettuce and juicy tomatoes for a summer salad mix or tossing some rosemary sprinkles into homemade focaccia bread. Even flowers can offer some delicious tastes, such as tea made from dried violets and any sweetener. Is your mouth watering yet?
Even better, you can share those crops and homegrown eats with family, friends and the community. Some towns even participate in garden swaps, where you could trade those tomatoes for some zucchini. Being a plant mom could mean more sustainable and healthy practices all around.
Become a Plant Mom For a Fuller Life
Are you ready to be enveloped by the welcoming fronds of plant life all across your home? Becoming a plant mom is as easy as it is beneficial. Start by researching your preferred plant game plan. Will you opt for some flower beds, vegetable gardens or indoor varieties? There are millions of plants to choose from, so start small and slowly build up your plant life. This way, you’ll strengthen your skills and confidence over time.
Indulge in cute planters, watering cans and stylish gloves too. After all, mothers need to be cared for and stylish as well! Most importantly, remember to have fun and soak up all the love from your new plant family.
WRITTEN BYAva Roman