If you are looking to buy a new pet this season, you might want to consider something outside the box. Have you ever thought about owning a houseplant as your new pet?
According to an article on the Greenhouse Grower, people tend to spend more time indoors during the winter and, currently, there’s a trend of people caring more about the quality of air while they are in their homes.
Tim Ballantyne, owner of the nursery Ballantyne Gardens, said there are a lot of benefits to owning houseplants, aside from the fact that you do not have to spend money on visiting the vet or paying for vaccines.
“Having a houseplant in your hospital room helps you feel better, or having one in your classroom boosts your performance,” Ballantyne said. “Also, they calm people, they relax people, they add oxygen to the air and they take impurities from the air.”
On the other hand, his wife Lisa said having a houseplant as a pet can have a more meaningful impact for people.
“It’s also about caring for something and, you know, at the end of the day that adds meaning and purpose to your life,” she said. “You knowing that you are responsible for that life and that you are basically raising that beautiful plant is a great feeling.”
The Ballantynes have owned their business for more than 20 years. For them, owning houseplants has turned into a lifestyle and they are hoping that, with their work, they can inspire others to care for them as they do.
A NASA study reveals that some of the best houseplants to have in your home are:
- Spider Plant
- Weeping Fig
- Devil’s Ivy
- Flamingo Lily
- Peace Lily